Crispy Jalapeno Ranch Black Bean Burgers

Crispy Jalapeno Ranch Black Bean Burgers

Gearing up for the big game? Score big with this fan favorite football food - vegetarian Crispy Jalapeno Ranch Black Bean Burgers!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions:


  • 4 MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burgers
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  • Crispy Fried Jalapenos:
  • 10-12 jalapeño peppers*
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil (optional, see notes)
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  • Ranch Mayo:
  • ½ tablespoon ranch seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
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  • For Serving:
  • Whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes


  1. For MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burgers: Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high heat and oil grill grates. Grill frozen MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burgers for 4-5 minutes per side or until burgers reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  2. Crispy Fried Jalapenos: Cut stems off of the peppers and then cut each pepper into 1/4 -inch rings. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, bread crumbs, salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Set aside.

  4. In a sperate small bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk.
  5. Dip the sliced jalapenos in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture and then back into the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour. Place coated jalapenos on a plate or baking sheet and set aside.
  6. To deep fry the jalapenos, heat oil in a large heavy bottom saucepan or cast-iron skillet. Once oil reaches 365 degrees F, working in batches use a slotted spoon to slowly lower the flour coated jalapenos into the hot oil. Cook jalapenos until crispy and golden brown, then use a slotted spoon to transfer fried jalapenos to a paper towel line plate. Repeat frying process with remaining jalapenos. (To oven bake/fry the jalapenos, see notes.)

  7. For Ranch Mayo: In a small bowl stir together ranch seasoning, mayonnaise and buttermilk, until thoroughly mixed.

  8. To assemble Crispy Jalapeno Ranch Black Bean Burgers: Place lettuce and tomato on the bottom of a hamburger bun. Top tomatoes with a grilled MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burger. Top black bean burger with 4-5 fried jalapenos. Spread a thin layer of Ranch Mayo on the bottom of the top bun and press onto the burger. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

To oven bake/fry the jalapenos: Preheat oven to 420 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray foil with cooking spray. Place flour coated jalapenos in a single layer on the baking sheet. Spray the top of the jalapenos with a thin layer of cooking spray. Bake in preheated 420 degree F oven for 10-12 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. Remove sheet pan from oven and flip the jalapenos over. Return the jalapenos to the oven and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until golden brown on the other side. Serve immediately.

*Pickled jalapenos can be substituted for the fresh jalapenos, but will need to be drained and patted dry with a paper towel before using.