Black Bean Cakes

by Mary Sacks

Black Bean Cakes on Roll with Lettuce, Tomato and Onion

Using brown rice in this dish eliminates the need for breadcrumbs, making these black bean cakes gluten-free.


  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus leaves for serving
  • 2 large scallions, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Accompanying Sauce
  • ½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. In a food processor, pulse half the beans with scallions, jalapeno, and cumin until chunky paste forms. In a large bowl, combine bean puree with rice and remaining beans; season with salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 8 3-inch wide patties, (to freeze, wrap individually in plastic and freeze up to 2 weeks; thaw before cooking.)
  • Brush a rimmed baking sheet with oil; place in over to heat, 5 minutes. Carefully place patties on the hot sheet; bake until bottoms are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let rest on sheet 5 minutes before removing.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine yogurt, cilantro and lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Serve patties topped with yogurt sauce and cilantro leaves

Food for Thought

  • This recipe makes enough to serve 4 as a main course.
  • Because this is a rice/bean combination it can take the place of a small steak for breakfast with eggs.
  • RC No Added MSG Roasted Southwest Vegetable Base is a great item to season these cakes. If you do, make sure you taste test. You probably only need ½ the jalapeno and none of the cumin or salt.


  • 4

Mary Sacks
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