Grilled Bean Burgers Recipe
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Grilled Bean Burgers Recipe

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For a surefire meatless mainstay, Marguerite Shaeffer swears by these moist and delicious salsa-topped burgers. “I first sampled them at an ‘Eating Right‘ session at our local library,“ she writes from Sewell, New Jersey. “And they can hold their own against any veggie burger you‘d buy at the supermarket. They’re wonderful!" TASTY TIP Our recipes often give a range on certain herbs and spices to accommodate different tastes. If you like the heat of chili powder, use 2 teaspoons in your Grilled Bean Burgers; for a milder version, use 1 teaspoon.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • 8 tablespoons salsa

Nutritional Facts

1 burger equals 307 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 723 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 12 g protein.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute onion in oil for 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in the carrot, chili powder and cumin; cook 2 minutes longer or until carrot is tender. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the pinto beans and black beans. Stir in oats. Add the mustard, soy sauce, ketchup, pepper and carrot mixture; mix well. Shape into eight 3-1/2-in. patties.
  3. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until heated through. Serve on buns with lettuce and salsa. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Bean Burgers in Light & Tasty August/September 2007, p19

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"I've tried a lot of meatless burger recipes and this was one of the best. I had two cups of cooked black beans and no pinto beans, so I cut the recipe in half. I mashed the beans with a potato masher to leave them chunky, which helped add texture. I only had old-fashioned oats so I used those: more texture. I doubled the amount of oil (they're still a lot lower in fat than meat burgers) and used the higher amount of chili powder. I let the mixture rest a little before cooking to blend the flavors. Finally, I made the burgers smaller (eight from a half recipe) to fit the smaller slider buns I had on hand. I'll be saving this recipe for sure."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"I followed the recipe but the result wasn't good. The paddies look was ok but they were too soft.

The taste was also strange. It can be a matter of personal taste but i believe the onion and the mortared were too much and the soy sauce wasn't suitable at all.
I'll try to do this in a more "mediterranean" way adding salt instead of soy sauce, tomato instead of ketchup, a little onion, celery and white flour to make them more solid. Thank for the inspiration anyway."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"We found these to be bland and too soft to handle. For those expecting this recipe to replace real burgers, save your money."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"Very hard to puree even in my food processor because they beans were so dry. I used a pastry cutter which helped a lot. Little bland in taste but will make again and try to punch them up. Froze the ones I didn't grill between wax paper. Hopefully they will cook up fine."

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"I had never tried making bean burgers before, but I was very happy with this recipe. I did change just a couple of things: I pureed the beans in a food processor for a smoother texture, and made them into sixteen mini patties, or "sliders," and as another person suggested, I refrigerated them (layered in wax paper) for a couple of hours before cooking. I did grill them on my charcoal grill, but put them on foil that I had coated with vegetable oil. They cooked up in minutes, and I kept them in a warm oven in a baking dish covered with foil until serving time. Delicious!"

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