Black Bean Burgers

First let me say I do believe dogs are carnivores meaning they need meat in their diet in order to thrive.  Having said that this is a nice change for Kirby which amazingly almost tastes like beef. I wasn't sure if he would enjoy these since he loves meat but he practically wolfed them down so they have been added to the rotation meal list.

Black beans provide iron, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc which supports heart health and maintains bone structure, fiber to help prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract, antioxidant phytonutrients like saponins which prevent cancer cells from multiplying and spreading, selenium which plays a role in liver enzyme function and helps detoxify some cancer causing compounds, prevent inflammation and decrease tumor growth rates, vitamins C and K, and natural fibers that help regulate blood sugar levels, one of the leading causes of diabetes in dogs. This rich source of proteins and minerals boosts your dog’s immune system and helps burn fat.

 Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers

Yields: 7 patties
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition facts:
389 Calories each, 76 Calories from fat each
Total fat: 8.4g or 13% (4.3g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)


  • ½ cup barley
  • 1 cup water
  • 1(16 oz.) can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs


  1. Pour the water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Add the barley and cover, reduce the heat to simmer, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Pour the black beans into a large bowl and mash. Add the remaining ingredients and thoroughly mix. Mix in the cooled barley.
  3. Form into patties and place on lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes and turn over. Bake another 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool before serving.

These will keep in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator for up to a week and in the freezer for up to three months.