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Black Bean Cakes Breakfast Sandwich

This black bean cake breakfast sandwich is great served open faced! Add it to your next brunch plan for a great vegetarian breakfast option.

black bean breakfast sandwich open faced

This is a doozy of a post. It’s jammed packed with goodness and goodies. And then a recipe for an open face black bean cake breakfast sandwich.

Let’s get started.

Black Bean Cakes Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

This breakfast baby is a doozy.

You start off with black bean cakes mixed in the food processor, which I based off of crab cakes. I left out the mayo, because black beans and mayo just sounds gross to me. Instead, I use olive oil – just enough to hold the ingredients together, but not so much that it is nasty.

I started with the cakes, and planned to stop there. But I’m not the only one in my household with food weirdness. Mr. B didn’t have to say it – I knew that he was going to want more than a black bean cake for breakfast. (Oh, wait, that’s not weird?)

What better way to maximize the awesomeness of black bean cakes than to sandwich one between a piece of toast (carbs! carbs! carbs!) and some of my favorite condiments.

A little more cilantro, a pinch of green onion, a dash of salsa and some sour cream – I mixed a little sriracha in it for some added kick. Brunch is served.

black bean breakfast sandwich open faced

Black Bean Cakes Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These black bean cakes breakfast sandwich is great served open faced! Add it to your next brunch plan for a great vegetarian breakfast option.


Black Bean Cakes

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, separated
  • 1 (14.5-16) ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 tablespoons diced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons diced cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs


  • 6 fried eggs
  • 6 pieces of toast
  • diced cilantro
  • diced green onion
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • salt and pepper


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, puree the black beans until most of the beans are chopped. You don't want it to be hummus texture - you want it to have lumps. Then add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, green onions, cilantro, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs. Pulse until ingredients are well combined.
  2. Pour out the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. Separate the mixture into 6 even portions. To do this, cut in half, then cut the halves in thirds. Form each portion of black bean mixture into a burger shape.
  3. Heat the remaining olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Fry the black bean cakes on each side for 5-6 minutes, or until the black bean cakes are crispy on the outside. Cook no more than 2 at a time. Place on a plate, lined with a paper towel, after cooking.

To Assemble Sandwich

  1. Place a cooked black bean cake on top of a piece of toast. Lay a fried egg, yolk up, on top of the black bean cake. Put a dash of salsa and sour cream on egg, then sprinkle green onion and cilantro on top. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 189mgSodium: 434mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g

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Wednesday 3rd of June 2015

This looks so good! I think this would make a great breakfast for dinner meal. Pinning this!

bel @ Mums Take Five

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

i"ve never seen or had black bean cakes but i do like black beans and i think this would make the best breakfast! what a great idea thanks for sharing and Thank you for contributing to The Sunday Brunch Magazine, So great to have you join us, kind regards Eliza & Bel x

Jenny B

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

Thanks Bel - they're delicious!

Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Thursday 12th of February 2015

I'm loving EVERYTHING about these for breakfast, lunch OR dinner!

Jenny B

Thursday 12th of February 2015

Lol, thanks Ashley. They definitely could be eaten at any time of day. :) Brinner is my favorite meal!


Sunday 4th of January 2015

I've never had black beans for breakfast, but you sure make this look super yummy! Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.

Jenny B

Sunday 4th of January 2015

You're welcome! I'm strange and think black beans are great at every meal :)


Tuesday 30th of December 2014

What a neat recipe!

Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

Jenny B

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

Thanks Jess!

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