Bean Burgers

This grilled bean burger makes a wholesome, healthy alternative to beef. This kid-favorite recipe is also a popular sandwich if you are on a vegetarian diet.

Bean Burgers
Yield: 6 burgers Prep 10 mins Grill 10 mins or broil 10 minutes


  • 2 15 1/2 ounce cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dry fine bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup bottled salsa
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed baked tortilla chips
  • 3 2 ounces pitas (4-inch), halved
  • 12 lettuce leaves
  • 12 slices tomato
  • Bottled salsa

Make It

1. Prepare charcoal grill with medium-hot coals or heat gas grill to medium-high (or heat oven broiler). Lightly coat grill rack or broiler-pan rack with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Reserve 1 cup of the pinto beans. Whirl remaining beans in a food processor or mash with fork in large bowl until smooth.

3. In large bowl, combine the reserved 1 cup beans, the pureed beans, bread crumbs, the 1/2 cup salsa, egg, chili powder and cumin. Stir in crushed chips. Shape into six patties. Coat both sides of each patty with nonstick cooking spray.

4. Grill or broil about 4 inches from heat, turning once, about 10 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted in centers registers 160 degrees F. Serve in pita pocket halves with lettuce and tomato slices. Serve with additional salsa.


Quick Tip: Rinsing Canned Beans
  • Ready to use in recipes, canned beans save you time. However, with their added salt, they can tip the scale on sodium in recipes. Rinsing and draining beans in a colander under cold running water helps eliminate the salty packing liquid. Be sure to drain the beans well.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 234, Fat, total (g): 3, chol. (mg): 36, sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 41, fiber (g): 5, pro. (g): 10, sodium (mg): 994, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.