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

Photo by Henya B.


  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 2

    cans (15.5 ounces each) pinto beans, drained and rinsed

  • ½

    cup dry fine bread crumbs

  • ½

    cup bottled salsa

  • 1

    egg

  • 1

    teaspoon chili powder

  • ½

    teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½

    cup coarsely crushed baked tortilla chips

  • 3

    pitas (2 ounces each, 4-inch), halved

  • 12

    lettuce leaves

  • 12

    slices tomato

  • Bottled salsa

Directions

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.


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