I’m fairly certain I had an out-of-body experience yesterday that involved a jar of nutella and a jar of cookie butter jumping out of my cabinets, into my hands and then scooping themselves into my mouth while I moaned in pleasure protest.

I tried to stop them.  By, you know…licking every crevice of the two jars that my tongue could reach and then throwing the jars out after they were empty.

That’ll show ’em.


And then, when all was said and done, I breathed a huge sigh of relief that they were gone and could no longer haunt every waking moment of my existence.

Truly, they can be so persistent.  And my self control is nearly zilch, especially during one specific week every month when it may or may not be in the negative range.


My stomach was none too pleased with all of this “extra-curricular activity”.  It gurgled.  Angrily.

And then there were my taste buds, which were overstimulated by all of that sugar and not in a good way.

I had to make it up to them somehow.  Apologize for my indiscretions.

Enter these black bean patties.  Forget Hallmark cards, these babies say “I’m sorry” better than a cheesy quote and a picture of a sunset ever could.  They are slightly spicy, smoky and just a tad bit sweet, not to mention healthy and utterly delicious.

The perfect make-up food.  I’m pretty sure they’ll be making a regular occurrence in the Eats Well With Others kitchen…because though I’d like to say that this excessive consumption will never happen again, we all know that next month I’ll probably convince myself that, yes I can finally muster up the self restraint necessary to consume a jar of cookie butter in a reasonable fashion.  And then a few day later I’ll find myself with an empty jar and a craving for these babies.

It happens.  But at least now we have some damage control recipes under our belt.

**To anyone in the NYC area, the Whole Foods Market at Columbus Circle is hosting what is sure to be a fabulous public beer tasting event on Friday, July 13th from 4-8 pm.  Whole Foods has partnered with Harpoon Brewery to create a new beer together called Saison Liaison.  The brewers will be present, and beer samples and refreshments will be provided.  It will most certainly be a fabulous way to relax after the work week is over and kick off the weekend!


Black Bean Patties with Corn Relish
Serves 6, adapted from Elly Says Opa via Annie’s Eats


  • 1 cup dried black beans, soaked overnight and boiled in salted water until tender (or 2 15-oz cans)
  • 2 roasted red bell peppers, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1/2-2/3 cup cornmeal
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tbsp minced cilantro


  1. To make the patties, place half of the beans in a food processor along with 1 coarsely chopped red bell pepper, the eggs, oregano, cumin, and chipotle pepper.  Process until smooth.
  2. Finely chop the remaining red bell pepper.
  3. Mash the remaining beans.  Stir the pureed bean mixture, red bell pepper, and onion into the mashed beans.  Add enough cornmeal so that the mix can be formed into patties.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for thirty minutes.
  4. While the bean mixture is chilling, make the corn relish.  Heat the canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add in the corn and saute until starting to brown, 2-3 minutes.  Add the jalapeno and garlic and cook until just fragrant, about 1 minute.  Stir in the tomato and lime juice and turn off the heat.  Mix in a large bowl with the avocado and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Form the bean mixture into approximately 15 patties.  Heat about 2 tbsp canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the patties in batches, cooking until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side.  Serve the patties warm topped with the corn relish.


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95 Responses to Black Bean Patties with Corn Relish {}

  1. What an awesome recipe! These patties look perfect. And I am in love (just from the pictures :)) with the corn relish.

  2. These look wonderful. I think I’m going to attempt the veggie burger thing again this week. These are dark enough that my kids just may not realize they’re not meat. 😉

  3. hahaha, too funny, Joanne. I also do that `well, if I finish it off I won`t be tempted to eat it again!` which is never a good thing with nuts! bring on the veggie burgers! Yum! 🙂

  4. You crack me up. I think we’ve all had that moment with Nutella and I am certain that the veggie burgers helped balance everything out.

    I am dying for some of these and that corn relish looks divine!

  5. Katie says:

    I share your logic! I often think it’s a better idea to just finish a jar of something off or empty the box of cookies so I won’t be tempted by them anymore. I’m not sure my logic is sound, but that corn relish looks absolutely incredible. I’m sure your body was much happier after.

  6. Danielle says:

    I havent bought nutella in a while for that reason – but the kids have been asking for some. When my container is almost empty I like to put my cooked oatmeal in it. The hot oatmeal melts the remaining nutella and it comes together beautifully.

  7. Sarah says:

    mmm, this corn relish looks great!

  8. Oh I am familiar with the jars calling your name phenomenon 😉
    This looks like a fantastic makeup meal! 😀 I’m pinning it right now; love black bean burgers!

  9. Only you can make me crave black bean patties for breakfast…

  10. It is crazy how powerful those sweet treats can be! Without even having arms they climb their way out of the places that we wisely store them, like jail, and yet they still manage to escape! These burgers look fantastic- I think I’ll have to make them with my mom who is coming into town this weekend!

  11. 😀 I do have this visual in my head picturing the whole thing going on here…but after seeing these healthy beauties…’pop’ it’s gone and all I see are these great patties! YUM!

  12. Lynn says:

    Delicious looking damage control!

  13. polwig says:

    Total make up food for your stomach… however now I have to go TJ and get myself some cookie butter.

  14. Faith says:

    My hubby is a bit of a Nutella addict. The strange thing is, he can have a spoonful, put it back into the pantry for a month, and not even think about it. (Guys are so weird.) The bad part is, that wicked jar calls to me every day, lol.

    I need these black bean patties! 🙂

  15. Barbara says:

    These look fabulous, Joanne. I’ve made something similar, but these are the best!

  16. Lora says:

    These look the perfect antidote for sugar overload.

  17. In the past year I’ve become obsessed with all kinds of veggie patties. I loooove the sound of these black bean patties — especially with a sweet, summery corn salsa on the side!

  18. Every so often, I become a flexitarian. I’m there, right now, after eating lousy food on our vacation. Black beans and corn are two of my favorite combos. Love this recipe, and I’m running with it.

  19. Jenna says:

    This is one of those recipes that is screaming MAKE ME! MAKE ME! at the top of its lungs. YUM.

  20. Margarita says:

    Lol! I was just at the store yesterday drooling at the Nutella shelf and thinking that’s I haven’t had it in ages … I didn’t buy one just yet because I already had 3 bags of chocolate chips in my cart. This dish is really the perfect be good to yourself for a while dish. Love the roasted peppers in it!

  21. If these make up for a sweets overdose I surely should have my kitchen stocked with the ingredients!

  22. Amazing! I am a huge fan of black bean burgers!

  23. Amy says:

    Don’t we all have out-of-body nutella experiences? Life would be sad without them, no?

  24. I tried to make black bean burgers once. I made black bean sticky mush. It was… not good. These look restaurant-worthy though 🙂

  25. These patties look fabulous!!
    I am a huge lover of black bean burger, I will sure love these!!

  26. black bean burgers- done. corn relish-done. never have i done both together! GENIUS

  27. Sippity Sup says:

    Don’t you mean throwing those jars into the recycling 😉 GREG

  28. I freakin love corn relish! On everything. These look great and a perfect way to say “tummy, I’m so sorry” 🙂

  29. Jenn Kendall says:

    these look delicious! i’ve never actually had a black bean burger before, but i’d sooo love to try yours!

  30. Nutella AND cookie butter!?? You’re a wild woman! We can’t get cookie butter here in Canada, and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing!! I looove these bean patties – anything that focuses on black beans is good to me!

  31. Cara says:

    Food can send us so many messages, can’t it? 🙂

  32. I love making (and eating, of course) any sort of corn relish, salsa, etc. this time of year. It’s always so delicious and fresh!

  33. Shannon says:

    Mmmm, these are fabulous! i just had a black bean burger the other day, topped with guac. this relish might’ve made it a tad bit better 🙂

  34. Elizabeth says:

    These black bean patties look delicious. And so does the corn relish!

    As for the preliminary tastings of nutella and cookie butter: a.) Brrrrrr b.) I’m a bit afraid to ask, but what is cookie butter?

  35. Yum! You just answered my question of what’s for dinner tonight! I can’t wait to make these!

  36. Reeni says:

    I hate when that happens! I still haven’t tasted that cookie butter. I did finally see it in my market but I was afraid of having it in the house! I am a lover of these black bean patties! The corn relish and avocado seem like the perfect complements.

  37. Camila Faria says:

    Hummm…that’s my kind of dream…ops, I mean nighmare. 🙂

  38. That Girl says:

    I’m not a fan of cookie butter, but I’ve been having similar problems with nutella.

  39. Ranjani says:

    Yum, I love trying new veggie patties. And I am obsessed with fresh corn in the summer – it makes everything better!

  40. Ah yes, I also can’t keep nutella in my pantry. Peanut Butter is another problem food, but I’ve tried to keep it hidden.

    These cakes sound so good! They look a lot like falafel. And that corn relish…yum!

  41. Kevin says:

    This looks nice and tasty and healthy! I was just contemplating making a roast corn and avocado salsa this weekend if I could get my hands on some cheap lobster. The sweet corn and creamy avocado is a great combination!

  42. Johanna GGG says:

    just as well I don’t have a jar of nutella in my pantry or I might just seek out its furtherest corners – though I do have a can of black beans in my pantry and am just as tempted by your burgers – they look fab

  43. MM says:

    I love that you say “I’m sorry” with beans. One thing I have problems with when it comes to black bean burgers/patties is getting the texture right. These look spot on!

  44. sophia says:

    OMg. I just posted about eating something like this! I bought mine though. For $13. Hmph.

  45. Hotly Spiced says:

    Oh dear. How awful to be attacked by two jars and both at the same time. What a horrible situation. Sounds like you recovered from it beautifully with these black been patties. Love how you paired them with the corn salad – great textures and flavours xx

  46. tigerfish says:

    Lovely! Can absolutely make a delicious veggie burger or sandwich with these black bean patties

  47. That looks like a fantastic recipe! I would never have thought of cooking black beans in this way, I always just use it in Chinese black bean I know what else to do with them! 🙂

  48. Guru Uru says:

    I am in full adoration for these magnificent patties my friend, so utterly delicious looking 😀


  49. Beth says:

    Wish I’d read this yesterday. I could have used these after a little binge eating of my own!

  50. Tandy says:

    yum! I need to expand my bean horizons and you are giving me a lot of inspiration 🙂

  51. Roz says:

    I am so obsessed with this summer’s corn salads/relishes! I love the spicy ingredients added to yours, especially the chipotle in adobo! And those black bean patties are perfect! This sounds crazy, but you know that one week of the month that you are referring to is now something I miss due to the intense muffin top gained once they are gone! Uggh . . . it’s a bitch one way or the other! LOL!

  52. These burgers are a sturdy substitute to a beef burger. Sorry to ear about the Nutella party 😉

  53. Sam says:

    These look delicious. I love black bean patties! That relish looks like the perfect thing to go with them.

    Also, thanks for the heads up about the beer tasting. I might go after work. 🙂

  54. Mary says:

    This looks delicious. I love the corn salads and salsas that are so popular in the summertime!

  55. bellini says:

    Nutella is just one of my guilty pleasures. Good save with this recipe to get back on track.

  56. I may or may not have done the exact same thing with a jar of cookie butter now languishing in the recycling bin.

    I need to make it up by eating a couple of these. Some of my favorite flavor combos – they look fantastic!

  57. Colleen says:

    Yum. That corn relish looks divine…summer on a plate!

  58. love2dine says:

    mmm…good food i love to have it.

  59. Those black bean patties are really good, great flavour.

  60. These are so delicious and bursting with flavours. Love that click of bell pepper.

  61. The next time you open up a jar of nutella or biscoff spread, I’m totally coming over and we can “protest” together.

    Great black bean patties! I definitely need these in my life, especially after the crap food I’ve been eating lately.

  62. Erica says:

    I make bean patties for husband all the time, but these sound delicious! I would love to try them with the corn relish.

  63. Blond Duck says:

    I love these. They’re so much better than mine.

  64. Carolyn Jung says:

    The corn relish looks so crisp and fresh. Love the chunks of avocado to give it that lovely creaminess, too.

  65. Kalyn Denny says:

    Love the sound of this. Black Bean Patties has been on my list to try for so long!

  66. Absolutely scrumptious, Joanne. 🙂 Perfect make-up food indeed!

  67. daphne says:

    u make black beans look so good!!! give me the fork now.

  68. Chris says:

    Black bean burgers rock! I have to have buns with mine though, carbs are my friend.

  69. Dining Alone says:

    I confess I have never had nutella! My sister is addicted, I think that is why I know better than to even try it. 🙂 The burgers look awesome.

  70. when you’re bad… it turns into some really yummy goodness! these burgers look yummy

  71. Anonymous says:

    I just spent over an hour looking at your blog for the first time. All I can say is that I am so excited to start trying some of these recipes! I am not vegetarian but am always looking for good vegetarian recipes to spice up my diet a little! Thank you!

  72. I love black bean burgers but haven’t tried them without the bun before … It doesn’t look like I’d miss the bun at all with this recipe though, that corn relish looks so fresh and flavourful!

  73. oh Joanne! I totally understand what you mean!! Sometimes we suddenly just lose all control over our body and the next thing we know, the food in front of us earlier is suddenly all gone! lol. But I think i’d pick your patties over a jar of nutella! They just look so delicious and I’m sure they’d be nicer to my thighs too. haha..

  74. These black bean patties look like my dream summer meal! And I LOVE that photo of the peppers 🙂


  75. marie says:

    I always say I am sorry with food. I love Annies Eats as well. I’ve made her smores cupcakes 3 times, so,so good.

  76. I’m enjoying all the beautiful corn in season right now and noooow, I know just what to do with em!

  77. Cathleen says:

    I have had way too many nights alone with my huge jar of nutella. And I can’t think of anything more seductive than a jar of nutella. It calls out too me! Maybe it’s a good thing they don’t sell cookie butter up here in Canada. It would be dangerous to me.
    This looks like the perfect solution. Nothing beats the combination of black beans and corn. YUM!

  78. Kari says:

    Those nutella jar (or peanut butter jar in my case) moments do have a terrible tendency to persist despite all efforts to the contrary. Having these on hand to make up for them sounds wise!

  79. I can’t keep Nutella in the house very often. And I’ve never even tried cookie butter, let alone had it in my pantry. No can do!

  80. Debbie says:

    I love Nutella and even baked a cake with it. Those patties look delicious…..would love to try those.

  81. Elizabeth says:

    Being that I live on beans, I love awesome creations like this, also love that it takes the same elements of the boring black bean and corn salad and makes it into something so much cooler.

  82. grace says:

    black beans, corn, roasted reds–these patties cannot be beaten.
    by the way, your gratin recipe rocks!

  83. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, I often hear food calling me too.
    These patties look wonderful. Have a beautiful weekend dear. Catherine xo

  84. My children and husband are not into beans (sigh!), yet I think these patties is a GREAT idea to make them start eating more black beans!! I especially like your corn relish. That’s a great incentives for kids to eat too. 😀 Beautiful meal as always, Joanne!

  85. Kerstin says:

    Mmm, I love black beans and corn together – looks like such a great veggie meal!

  86. vianney says:

    I think we all have those moments of sure pleasure/pain me it’s dulce de leche, the perfect make up food!

  87. Anonymous says:

    It looks like avocado in the corn relish, but is not in the recipe. Should that be added to it?

  88. Lindsay says:

    Great recipe! these look delicious

  89. elly says:

    I’m so glad you liked these – they are actually my original recipe. 🙂

  90. They look so tasty! Very nice.

  91. Bree says:

    Those look amazing!

  92. Candace says:

    Once again, you’ve delivered a winner. I would make this just because it looks amazing; but now that you’ve shared how beneficial it is after cookie butter and Nutella binges, I am going to keep it around for those recovery meals. Something that is definitely needed around here. 🙂

  93. Anonymous says:

    Can egg substitute or egg whites be substituted for the whole eggs? Also what about pumpkin puree instead of canola oil? I’m on a strict diet, but MAN these look delicious!!

    • Joanne says:

      Hi! Yes, you can definitely substitute egg beaters for the whole eggs! I used to do that in recipes like this all the time with good results. There really is only a tiny amount of oil (2 tsp) so I don’t see why pumpkin puree would make that much of a difference, though I haven’t tried it! Let me know if you do!

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