Black Bean Sliders with Homemade Ranch

Warm weather means BBQ and burger time; black bean burgers that is! Enjoy this meatless recipe packed with plant-based protein and vibrant flavors. Top your black bean burger sliders with homemade ranch dressing to make them even more irresistible. 

(Yields 3 black bean burgers and 6 servings of ranch. Burgers: 175 kcal, 3.1gm fat, 27.7gm carb, 9.3gm protein per serving. Ranch: 32 kcal, 0.6gm fat, 2.1gm carb, 4.3gm protein per serving)


  • Black Bean Burgers:
  • 1 Can of Black Beans, drained
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼ C red onion, finely diced
  • ½ C Bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ C flour
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Ranch Dressing:
  • 1 C plain greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ¼ tsp. dried dill
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • Optional: milk or buttermilk  for thinner consistency


  1. Coarsely mash beans with a fork in a large bowl until you reach a paste-like consistency with some chunks.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except for flour and oil. Mix and mash until combined and a dough-like texture is reached.
  3. Divided into patties (either normal sized or slider sized patties). Place them on a plate with foil and refrigerate for an hour or you can freeze them and make them later.
  4. Meanwhile, make dressing by mixing all ingredients until combined. 
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil to the pan.
  6. Spread flour on a plate and add salt and pepper to each side of the patties. Dip each pattie into flour; brush off excess.
  7. Fry patties on each side until golden brown with a slight charr; about 2-3 minutes per side.
  8. Spread ranch over buns if desired and serve with all the fixins; enjoy!