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Cuba Spiced Black Bean Burgers

This Little Goat went to Cuba
  • This Little Goat went to Cuba


4-6 servings


35 minutes

active time

25 minutes



2 (14-ounce) cans black beans, drained & rinsed

Cooking oil, such as canola or vegetable oil

1 small red, orange or yellow bell pepper, finely-diced 

1 small sweet onion, finely-diced

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

Kosher salt 

1 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice 

6 tsp This Little Goat went to Cuba, divided 

3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 large egg, lightly beaten 

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1/2 cup Kewpie mayo (or regular mayo if unable to find Kewpie) 

4-6 brioche burger buns  

Sliced avocado, tomato, and/or red onion, for serving (optional) 



Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. 

Spread beans in a single layer on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until beginning to dry out. 

Meanwhile, as your beans roast, coat a skillet with a drizzle of cooking oil and heat over medium heat. Add in the pepper, onion, garlic and a pinch of salt.  Sauté until tender, about 5-7 minutes. 

Transfer the black beans to a large mixing bowl. Using a large fork, potato masher or your hands, mash the beans are mostly broken down with some larger chunks remaining. Add in the veggies, quinoa (or brown rice), 4 teaspoons This Little Goat went to Cuba spice, Panko, feta, egg, vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix until well combined. 

Using your hands, form the mixture into 4-6 equal-sized patties (depending on how large you want your burgers to be). 

To pan sear or grill: Coat a large skillet, griddle or grill with a thin layer of cooking oil and heat over medium/medium-high heat. Once hot, add in the burgers and cook for about 5-6 minutes per side, until golden brown and warmed through. 

To bake: Place patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes per side (20 minutes total).

In a small bowl, whisk the remaining 2 teaspoons Cuba spice into your Kewpie mayo for a delicious spread for your burgers. 

Spread Cuba-spiced mayo onto both sides of your burger buns. Top with a black bean patty and any additional toppings of your choice. (We love serving ours with sliced avocado and juicy tomatoes). Dig in! 

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