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Southwestern Bean Patties

“I first made this recipe for a crowd of 11 people,“ recalls Debby Chiorino in Pt. Hueneme, CA. “And everyone—from little kids to teens and adults—loved the Southwest flavor…and the guacamole topping. A real hit!“
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 5 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) fat-free refried beans
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 1/2 cup salsa


  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute onion and red pepper in 1-1/2 teaspoons oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • In a large bowl, combine the refried beans, bread crumbs, chilies, cilantro, cumin, pepper and onion mixture; mix well. Shape into six patties; coat in cornmeal.
  • In the same skillet, cook patties in batches in remaining oil over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  • Place patties on bun bottoms (save bun tops for another use). Top each with 4 teaspoons of guacamole and 4 teaspoons of salsa.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 312 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 801mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.
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  • Cwaz23
    Feb 9, 2018

    Made these for dinner tonight. Added a bit more breadcrumbs (maybe a full cup) to help stiffen the patties just a bit more. Didn’t use nearly the amount of cornmeal as specified for coating.Cooked burgers are a little softer than meat-based ones, but our eat-eater did have his (2) on a full bun.We will absolutely use this recipe again. Very tasty.

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    Aug 6, 2006

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