Recipe for Easy Air-Fried Spicy Black Bean Burgers

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Celebrate July 4th With This Easy Recipe for Red, White, Blue & Spicy Black Bean Burgers Topped With Quick Pickled Red Onions

Recipe and photos by Launie Kettler

This recipe for air fryer black bean burgers is not just perfectly spicy, it’s also perfectly festive for celebrating the Red-White-and-Blue holidays!  What’s even better is it can be your new go-to burger recipe for when you’re feeling like you’re one documentary away from becoming a vegetarian. Seriously. The first thought we had when we bit into these bad boys was, “wowza!” – this is a flavor explosion worth celebrating!

The burgers are loaded with onions, barbecue sauce, chili powder, two kinds of paprika (for the “paprika heads” out there), cayenne, and cumin. Then, just to take the fantastic into the sublime, we melted mozzarella and topped it with blue cheese and quick pickled onions for the ultimate bite 😋

So, grab that humble looking can of black beans on your pantry shelf, get that cutting board ready, grab your F.N. Sharp utility knife, chef’s knife or Santoku and get ready to make your own 4th of July fireworks! 

F.N. Sharp Utility Knife with sliced onions and black bean burger ingredients

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Recipe for Easy Air-Fried Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Yields: 3-4 burgers.

F.N. Sharp Utility Knife with diced onions and black bean burger patty

Red Pickled Onions Ingredients:

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Red Pickled Onions Instructions:

Spicy Black Bean Burger Ingredients:

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About the Recipe Creator

Recipe writer and photographer Launie Kettler of TeenyTinyKitchen

Launie Kettler is a food writer and photographer who cooks big food in a small kitchen in northern Vermont. Her husband and cats are tolerant of the fact that she plays the same Wilco and Son Volt albums over and over while pontificating about the beauty of cumin. 

Launie is also the co-author of The Everything Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook and her recipes have been featured in Where Women Cook, Fresh Magazine, and on Salon.

You can find and follow Launie's adventures on her social handle @teenytinykitchenvt on Instagram, Facebook, Threads and her blog at