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Black Bean Burgers 

Recipe by Anja Webster, RD, CDE, and Dani Renouf, RD, MSc, CDE. Adapted from Diabetes Canada.

Preparation: 5 minutes 

Bake: 15-20 minutes 

Black Bean Burgers 

Enjoy these kidney-friendly Black Bean Burgers, offering a savory blend of nutrients for a wholesome meal.


  • 15 ounces black beans, canned low-sodium 
  • 1 egg, large 
  • 1/2 cup flax meal 
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder 
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 
  • 1 tablespoon cumin 
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 


Food Safety Tips: 

  1. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Clean all countertops and equipment used for food preparation. 
  2. Use separate equipment for handling raw food and cooked food. 
  3. Put leftovers away within 2 hours or sooner if they are in a warm location.  Reheat leftovers to an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F). Discard uneaten leftovers after they have been reheated


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  1. In a large mixing bowl, smash the beans with a fork or potato masher. 
  1. In a small separate bowl, whisk the egg and Worcestershire sauce. 
  1. Add egg mixture to the beans and smash until well mixed. 
  1. Add in the flax meal and spices and smash together until the mixture is well blended. 
  1. Form the dough into four equal-sized patties and place on a cookie sheet that is lightly greased or lined with parchment paper. 
  1. Using a fork, pat down the patties so they resemble meat patties. 
  1. Bake for 15-20 minutes on each side. 
  1. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees F; continue cooking until final temp is reached.

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 271 KCal
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.4 g
  • Fibre: 17.6 g
  • Total Fat: 7 g
  • Sodium: 243.3 mg
  • Phosphorus: 201.1 mg
  • Potassium: 563.2 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 4

Serving size: 1/4

Renal and Diabetic Exchanges

1 protein choice
2.6 carb choices

What is one exchange?
  • 1 Protein Choice = 1oz of meat or 7g of dietary protein
  • 1 Starch Choice = about 15g of carbohydrates
  • 1 Fruit or Vegetable Choice = ½ cup
  • 1 Milk Choice = ½ cup