Enchilada veggie burgers – all the bold flavor of your favorite Mexican dish packed inside a black bean burger!
enchilada veggie burgers

So long as I’m going to be forced to sit through Sunday (all day) football and Monday night football and the MLB postseason (sometimes ALL.AT.ONCE), I might as well eat my feelings.

Okay, maybe not exactly “eat my feelings”, because my feelings on any of the aforementioned activities are: sheer boredom.

And these enchilada veggie burgers == anything but.


The only redeeming quality of the start of football season, in my opinion, is the FOOD. An excuse to sit on the couch eating chips and salsa all day?! I’M IN. Sure, I’ll be flipping through my psychopharmacology flashcards instead of watching the game but….who’s counting.

Unfortunately, for vegetarians there usually aren’t too many options on the tailgating table, so when I stumbled upon this enchilada veggie burger recipe from Edible Perspective, I knew it was onto something. I tweaked it just a teensy bit by omitting mushrooms, amping up the corn, and folding some tortilla chips into the burger mix. The burgers are baked naked for about 10 minutes a side, topped with enchilada sauce, and then baked again so they really get that thick spicy enchilada sauce feel.


I’m not saying they’ll make sitting through an entire game bearable…but they’ll certainly serve as a worthwhile distraction. Just…eat slowly.

Enchilada Veggie Burgers
Enchilada veggie burgers - all the bold flavor of your favorite Mexican dish packed inside a black bean burger!
Yield: 6 veggie burgers
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 4 oz can mild diced green chiles
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 15 oz canned black beans
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • enchilada sauce
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • pickled jalapenos
  • 6 hamburger buns
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the red onion to the pan and saute for 4-5 minutes, until softened. Stir in the bell pepper and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the corn, green chiles, and cumin to the pan. Saute until warmed through, 1-2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the sauteed veggies and the black beans. Pulse to combine, just until the mixture holds together but not totally pureed. It should still be pretty chunky. Turn into a bowl and mix with the cornmeal and tortilla chips. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Let rest in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375F.
  4. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Divide the black bean mixture into 6 patties and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 14 minutes. Flip the patties and bake for another 10 minutes. Spoon the enchilada sauce over the top of each patty and bake for another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve warm on hamburger buns, topped with cheddar cheese and pickled jalapenos.
Adapted from Edible Perspective
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 veggie burger


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47 Responses to Enchilada Veggie Burgers

  1. This is my kind of burger. Mexican burgers are popular in our house, but then we seem to put salsa on everything.

  2. Beth says:

    These burgers sound great. And I can’t speak for the football, but embrace the baseball postseason. You’ll come to love it! (Also: Go Jays!)

  3. I think the only sport I can manage to watch is WWE, which in all honesty, is not even a sport! Well, I try! But these burgers are SO ON POINT! They look so good, I want to make it right away!

  4. I’m never endingly happy with the fact that Josh doesn’t care about sports at allll. Still okay to enjoy this burger if I’m not suffering through a sports marathon? Because this looks incredible! And I think it’d be even more delicious with something good on TV 😉

  5. Nicola says:

    What a genius idea, I love enchiladas but never thought to put all those flavors in a burger! Also you forgot beer! That’s another reason to watch sporting events.

  6. Katie says:

    love the idea of corn chips in the burger mix, these look so good x

  7. I completely agree – football = food. These veggie burgers would definitely buy me an extra hour of watching;-)

  8. Julia says:

    In the words of Michael Franti, Oh my, oh my gaaaaah! I want this veggie burger with every fiber of my belly-soul. And yes, the only thing I love about football is the food. Gimme all the encho burgz!

  9. Heath says:

    Yeah, the only enjoyable thing about football season for me is also the food. Otherwise… meh. I’ll happily spend all day in the kitchen making the food to go with it, though. 😉

  10. Lynn says:

    That would be good as a wrap, too, I think.

  11. Jessie says:

    I feel like I can see the desperation and boredom in your writing, haha 😛 These burgers look amazing (!!!) and will definitely get you though any game — although, I think you’ll need a few to get you though ALL the games!

    Hope you had a great weekend, Joanne!!

  12. Just what I need to entertain myself while my husband watches endless hours of football! I’m okay watching my own team, but I don’t really care about all the others. Thank goodness for good football food!

  13. Karla says:

    Psychopharmacology?? I definitely had to look that one up. Are you sure you wouldn’t rather watch football? (Can’t wait to try these burgers!)

  14. Fabulous idea for a veggie burger!! You are basically the master of the veggie burger!

  15. I don’t think I’ve ever had a veggie burger that was baked and then baked again with enchilada sauce – dang! Joanne – I’d watch ALL the football there was if I could munch on these!

  16. Trisha says:

    I have many of the same feelings about football season. I long to have my Sunday afternoons and Monday nights back! Eating these enchilada veggie burgers would make those long games a little more bearable though. With the spicy Mexican flavors, my hamburger loving husband couldn’t turn these away, even thought there’s no meat!

  17. One great veggie burger, Joanne.

  18. Debbie says:

    I want this burger right now! Not tomorrow or tonight but now! Great burger….

  19. Kate says:

    No one in my family is a big football fan, so we miss out on a lot of the tailgaiting/viewing food.

  20. Kim says:

    I love bean burgers, even better if it is a black bean burger. I think this serves as a very welcome reward for all the studying and football watching. Love the southwest/enchilada feel of this one. Lots of flavor and totally healthy.

  21. cheri says:

    I love burgers like this, definitely makes watching football more bearable.

  22. These burgers look delicious! That enchilada twist is super fun 🙂

  23. We Are not football fans but i know my son would go bonkers for this burger anytime! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  24. Reeni says:

    Just say the word enchilada and I’m all over it! One of the more unique and most delicious bean burger I’ve seen! Loving it. And hating football too – a yawn fest.

  25. Love the look of these! With these, you can definitely make it through the game!

  26. Katerina says:

    I am a sucker for Mexican!

  27. These sound like just the thing for dealing with extended sport watching fatigue!

  28. If anyone could turn me into a vegetarian it is YOU – because THESE BURGERS. Yum!

  29. Football food is really the ONLY reason I’ll even hang around on gameday! I mean, somebody has to eat all the veggie burgers right?? So down with these enchilada beauts!

  30. Biz says:

    Long before I became an actual widow, I was a football widow from about Labor Day through the Superbowl – but that became “my” time and I would spend all of it in the kitchen. It’s sad not to hear the football games on in the background though while I spend my Sunday in the kitchen – I miss him so much. 🙁

  31. Love this patty burger! I hate football, but it would be worth it to sit through a game if this was what I got when it finished!

  32. Yep, football and food belong together!! This burger is a babe.

  33. These burgers sound yummy. I love black bean burger anyway, but you made them extra special.

  34. Hotly Spiced says:

    I appreciate football but I don’t have to watch it several times a week. I do sympathise. The veggie burger looks really substantial and I do like the jalapenos xx

  35. easypeasy says:

    Been craving a good veggie burger lately and this sounds like it would hit the spot! 🙂

  36. enchilada veggie burgers?!!! oh my gawd, I love this! and love Ashley’s blog. . she’s brilliant!!

  37. Oh my goodness! I’ve never made an enchilada burger. Definitely need to change that!

  38. You read my mind. Food is the only reason why I sit through football games. These enchilada veggie burgers will be a tasty distraction.

  39. Johanna GGG says:

    I love your thinking in replacing mushrooms with corn and corn chips – sounds like a delicious burger and just the sort of thing that would make watching football more palatable

  40. Haha when it’s football season, I’m basically saying goodbye to all my guy friends on Sundays and Mondays til like March!

  41. Susan says:

    Even though my hubby is a football fan he doesn’t feel the need to plunk in front of the television for hours, thankfully. If he did, these enchilada bean burgers would help 🙂 They sound delicious!

  42. Ashley says:

    Do you drain and rinse the canned black beans before adding it to the food processor?

  43. Kelly says:

    The food is the main reason I’ll sit through a football game too. Love the enchilada twist on these veggie burgers!

  44. elly says:

    I totally love these! Can’t believe I hadn’t yet thought to do something similar since I Tex-Mexicanize everything. Hah.

  45. Chris says:

    This would be a good food truck item but I’d need to figure out a way to make them in large, recurring batches.

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