It’s not news that black bean burgers are a delicious and versatile meat-free meal.
However, even the best chef can get into a rut with their favorite recipes, and that includes me.
I’ve been making black bean burgers—and other veggie burgers—for years, but I still get bored with the same old toppings and sauces.
It’s important to mix things up in your home cooking routine, so I’ve rounded up 14 fun sauce ideas that will go perfectly with your black bean burger.
In this article, you’ll find everything from classic burger combos to more unusual pairings: we’re getting gourmet here!
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or making yourself an easy weeknight meal, try one of these sauces tonight!
What Sauce Goes with a Black Bean Burger?
The most common sauce to serve with a black bean burger is ketchup, but there are many other options as well.
You can also try mustard, mayonnaise, and barbecue sauce. Other options include guacamole, salsa, or even peanut butter!
Keep scrolling for more ideas!
Pico de gallo is a fresh salsa made with tomatoes, onion, garlic and jalapeno peppers.
It’s commonly served as an accompaniment to tacos or as a garnish for many other dishes.
I like to serve pico de gallo with black bean burgers because it has the same tomato base as many of the sauces in this list (horseradish sauce, ketchup).
However you serve it, though, I recommend making your own instead of buying one from the grocery store.
Homemade is always better!
Salsa is a great accompaniment to black bean burgers.
It can be used as a dip or topping, and it’s a great way to add some spice to your meal.
The following is how I usually prepare and serve salsa:
- I usually prepare my salsa by using chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro and lime juice.
- Then I mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl until they’re well-combined.
- Once mixed thoroughly together I pour the mixture into an airtight jar or container if you’re planning on storing them in the fridge (they’ll last up to 1 week).
If not storing it then just spoon out some onto your burger!
In addition, here are some other toppings that go well with this sauce: jalapenos; avocado slices (which also taste great with guacamole); shredded cheese; chopped red bell peppers; sliced olives; sour cream
3. Hot Sauce
For a quick, simple topping, I like to drizzle hot sauce on top of my black bean burger and then serve it with some potato chips.
Just be careful, it’s very hot.
4. BBQ Sauce
Barbecue sauce is a good choice for people who like spicy food.
I usually serve it with black bean burgers along with lettuce, tomatoes, and other vegetables.
It also pairs well with grilled chicken or fish.
For an extra kick, add some hot sauce to your barbecue sauce before serving it on top of your burger!
5. Garlic Aioli
This sauce has a few steps, but they’re all easy to do.
First, you’ll need to make the garlic aioli.
For this, you will need:
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup olive oil (or half of another type of oil)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or any other kind)
- 4 cloves garlic minced or crushed in a blender or food processor (you can also just mince it by hand if you’re feeling ambitious)
To make the garlic aioli:
- Put the egg yolks into a bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Put everything into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
You can store this in an airtight container for up to 5 days—if it lasts that long!
Guacamole is a quick and easy sauce to make.
Avocados are soft when ripe, so you can easily mash them up with tomatoes, onions and cilantro.
If you’re really in a rush, buy pre-made guacamole from the grocery store instead of making your own—just make sure it doesn’t have any added ingredients like mayonnaise or sour cream!
How do I serve this?
Guacamole is usually served as an appetizer with tortilla chips but it also tastes great on black bean burgers!
The best toppings for guacamole include: chopped tomatoes; chopped green onions (scallions); sliced black olives; sliced jalapeños; and crumbled feta cheese.
Hummus is a perfect complement to black bean burgers.
I usually make homemade hummus, but you can also buy it at most grocery stores.
To serve with burger patties, I spread some on a slice of whole wheat bread and top with shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
Here are a few more ways you can use hummus:
- As a dip for vegetables or crackers
- In place of mayonnaise when making tuna salad or chicken salad
- Mixed into pasta sauce
Honey mustard is a great way to add sweetness to a savory dish.
I like to serve it on the side of black bean burgers, especially if they are spicier than I’m used to.
Other toppings that go well with this sauce include sauerkraut and pickles, or even some homemade slaw (made with cabbage and carrots).
Mayonnaise is a classic option for burgers, and black bean burgers are no exception.
I like to serve my mayo with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles.
A few slices of avocado are a great addition too—a perfect complement to the smoky flavor of the burger!
Ranch dressing is one of the most versatile sauces you can have in your kitchen.
It’s creamy and tangy and pairs great with a lot of things, including black bean burgers!
As far as preparation goes, I usually mix ranch dressing with mayonnaise to make it extra creamy.
I also like to add some jalapeno for some kick.
To serve this sauce with my black bean burgers, I make sure that there’s enough lettuce on the burger itself so that it doesn’t need any toppings—I want my guests to be able to taste all of those delicious beans!
My favorite go-to toppings are tomato slices and pickles (cucumbers are also good!).
Ketchup is a traditional condiment for burgers, and it’s a good choice when you’re looking for something sweet and tangy.
If you’re at the store, look for ketchup that says “no high fructose corn syrup” on the ingredients list.
You can use this sauce as a burger topping or dip your French fries in it!
This sauce goes great with black bean burgers because they traditionally have sweet flavors themselves.
Here’s how I usually prepare and serve this sauce:
- Add 1 tablespoon of ketchup to 1 cup of water in a small pot over medium heat until boiling (about 5 minutes).
- Stir occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pan!
12. Teriyaki sauce
Teriyaki sauce is a sweet and salty Japanese sauce that typically contains soy sauce, sugar, mirin (a rice wine), and water.
It can be used as a marinade or dipping sauce for meats, poultry and seafood.
Put your burger patty on the grill and cook until desired doneness is reached.
Remove from heat to let rest for 3 minutes before serving (this will give you juicier burgers).
Serve teriyaki burgers with sliced pickled cucumber, shredded lettuce and mayonnaise dressing on top of gluten-free buns with sesame seeds sprinkled on top of each bun half before placing into oven to broil/toast until golden brown in color with edges slightly browned too.
Thousand island dressing is a tangy and creamy sauce that’s perfect for topping salads, burgers, or sandwiches.
I usually serve it on the side and let people drizzle it over their food as they eat.
The bold red color also looks great against black bean burgers if you’re going for an appetizer-like presentation at your next party.
As far as toppings go, sautéed onions, jalapeños, and tomatoes are all nice additions to this sauce.
You can also add some diced pickles or relish if you have them handy!
14. Tartare Sauce
Tartare sauce is a classic accompaniment to fish.
As the name suggests, it’s essentially a mayonnaise with very finely chopped herbs and pickles mixed in.
In my opinion, tartare sauce is one of the only sauces that works well on both black bean burgers and regular beef burgers.
That said, I prefer using it as a topping for black bean burgers because it adds a subtle layer of flavor that complements their earthy taste.
- If you don’t have any prepared tartare sauce on hand (it can be found in most grocery stores), here are some quick instructions for making your own: Combine 2 tablespoons mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon chopped cornichons (or gherkins) and 1 teaspoon lemon juice; season with salt and pepper to taste; stir until combined; let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving so flavors meld together better!
To serve this dish up right alongside your burger, try topping it off with some grilled bell peppers or grilled onions!
These sauces work well with black bean burgers, but feel free to experiment and find what works for you.
The versatility of these burgers means that there are countless ways to make them more interesting, so try making a few different kinds of sauces and figure out what your favorite is.
14 Sauces that Go with Black Bean Burgers
- Pico De Gallo
- Hot Sauce
- BBQ Sauce
- Garlic Aioli
- Honey Mustard
- Teriyaki sauce
- Thousand Island Sauce
- Tartare Sauce
- Pick any sauce from this list to use with your black bean burger.
- Prepare the rest of your delicious meal.
- Be ready to munch in no time!