Spicy Plant-Based Vaquero Bean Burgers

Spicy Plant-Based Vaquero Bean Burgers

I love a good bean-based burger. So when I get my hands on some unusual beans, like Vaquero Beans, I like to test them out. These beans appealed to me because of their charismatic cow-like spots and their starchy texture -- perfect for plant-based burgers! I regret not taking more photos of these attractive beans before cooking them, but you can still see the cow spots after they've been boiled:

One of my family's favorite vegetarian dinners is a black bean burger topped with spicy avocado mash. Here, I bring the spice inside the burger, and I think it worked out pretty well. Sautéing up some jalapeños first gets rid of some of the crunch of a raw pepper that might disrupt the texture of the burger, while maintaining a bit of heat. 

Spicy Jalapeño Vaquero Bean Burgers

Makes 8 plant-based burgers.

Adapted from Hummusapien.


2 tbsp Flaxseed, ground

3 tbsp Water

1 Jalapeño

28 oz soaked and cooked Vaquero Beans (can sub another kind of bean)

3/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs, unseasoned

1/2 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Chili Powder

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Turmeric

1/2 tsp Cayenne

1 tbsp Sriracha sauce


  1. Soak and cook your beans, as directed on the package or in an Instant Pot for 15 minutes on the "Bean" setting.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Make a "flax egg," by mixing the water and flax seeds together in a bowl of water, allowing to stand for at least 5 minutes while you prep the other ingredients.
  4. Chop the jalapeño finely, removing ribs for less heat. 
  5. Sauté jalapeño in a non-stick pan on the stove, adding a bit of water if the pieces start to stick. Sauté until lightly softened and bright green.
  6. Put the beans into a large mixing bowl, adding in the breadcrumbs, mixing the two together into a thick mixture. Add the flax egg.
  7. Add Jalapeño, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, turmeric, cayenne, and Sriracha sauce.
  8. Pat the mixture into 8 equally sized patties, and place on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
  9. Bake for 7-9 minutes in the oven, flipping and cooking for another 5-7 minutes.
  10. Serve with red onion, Sriracha, or any other condiments you'd put on a classic burger!