Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Fasten yer chaps and saddle up yer hoss, we’re going to the wild, wild…Southwest!

Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

This is what I imagine Pecos Bill would be eating if he decided to take a break from the ol’ beef. Or if Calamity Jane swept through the Southwest and rounded up all Pecos’s cattle while he was busy lassoing a tornado and he had no other option but to peruse his pantry. When you were raised by a pack of coyotes like Pecos Bill, something’s got to feed your insatiable hunger, and that something is a mountain of Southwest veggie al fresca.

While a rattle snake-slinging ‘merican legend devouring a mountain of veggie burgers sounds a bit whimsical, these burgs are no tall tale. No, man. They’re legit.

Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Little known fact: Pecos’s favorite meal was dynamite. And that’s what these burgs are. BOOM!

Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

The veggie burger. Can you get on board? It’s fairly impossible to trump a big beefy burger with melted pepper jack cheese and bacon, but veggie burgers certainly have their place in my mouth.  Especially when they’re double whammy-ed with Southwest-style ingredients and then topped with hunks of avocado and Southwest Black Bean and Corn Salsa.

Why go to the Southwest just once when you can go there twice?

Or three times?


Feast your peepers on this:

Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Little known fact: Pecos Bill made his veggie burgers in a cast iron skillet.

Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Other than all things Southwest, the veggie burger patties are made with white (cannelini) beans and brown rice, making them gluten-free. They’re super easy to put together and can be served as an entree or an appetizer. I like to go bun-less with these burgers, but you can certainly bun ‘er up.

Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Go to the Southwest. At least twice.

Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Julia


  • 1 14- ounce can white beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small jalapeño seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper finely chopped (about ¼ of a bell pepper)
  • 1/3 cup corn kernels about 1/2 an ear of corn
  • 1/3 cup black beans
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Southwest Black Bean and Corn Salsa for serving


  1. Prepare the Black Bean and Corn Salsa and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Rinse the white beans well and pat them dry.
  3. Add the beans at the cooked rice to a food processor and pulse until well combined. It’s okay if the mixture is slightly chunky.
  4. Add the white bean/rice mixture to a mixing bowl and mix in the lightly beaten egg.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and stir together until combined.
  6. Note: If you’re using canned black beans and corn, be sure to rinse them and pat them dry before adding them to the mixture.
  7. In a cast iron skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of grapeseed or canola oil over medium (or enough oil to coat the surface well).
  8. Measure 1/3 cup of the burger mixture and form a patty using your hands (the mixture will be sticky, and that’s okay!). Carefully place the burger on the hot cast iron skillet and allow it to cook for 5 minutes. Carefully flip to the other side and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  9. Repeat for remaining burger mixture.

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    1. Julia Post author

      They took a bit of gentle handling, for sure! The day I figure out how to make a veggie burger that sticks together as well as a beefy burger, I’ll certainly let ya know!

  1. Courtney @ The Fig Tree

    Veggie burgers are my weakness! And these look incredible. I’ll have to grab a few ingredients at the store and try them over the weekend. Cannot wait to try the black bean and corn salsa. Boom indeed! *hehe*

  2. Joanne

    Well if these are good enough for Pecos Bill, then they’re good enough for me! I want to go to the southwest a gazillion times over if it means getting to eat a gazillion of these.

    1. Julia Post author

      I knew you’d love these!! You can definitely make them in a non-stick pan. I tend to be a jackass on my high horse by insinuating you couldn’t possibly make the burgers without a cast iron skillet. It’s totes possible, I swears it 😉 Let’s eat these!

  3. Evie

    These burgers have become a staple in my cooking repertoire since you posted them. I make them once a week! Everyone raves about them. Thanks so much for posting this delicious recipe!

    1. Julia Post author

      Evie, you’re so very welcome! I’m happy to hear you like the veggie burgers!! Amazing how great a burger can be with such simple ingredients. Thank you for your kind comment and enjoy your week 🙂 xoxo


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