Bean Burgers
Recipe from Family Circle

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

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Yield: 6 burgers
Prep Time: 10 mins
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  • 2  15 1/2 ounce cans 
    pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2  cup 
    dry fine bread crumbs
  • 1/2  cup 
    bottled salsa
  • 1   
  • 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 
    Bottled salsa
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.
Reserve 1 cup of the pinto beans. Whirl remaining beans in a food processor or mash with fork in large bowl until smooth.
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.
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 information
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
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