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Pinto Bean Burger Recipe

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by Manaswinee Meesawan (subscribe)
Living a Good Life.
Published June 13th 2012
Another great dish using the produce in the La Canasta, Pinto Bean Burgers.

This idea came to me when my family went to a restaurant last week on my daughter's birthday. My step-daughter, who is quite picky when it comes to eating vegetables and doesn't normally like to try food that is new to her, surprised me by ordering a Back Bean Burger. She actually enjoyed the burger very much.

I came home that night thinking about those dry pinto beans I have in the pantry. I got them from the La Canasta and had no plan to use them. My husband is Puerto Rican. He would probably use them for his rice and beans I thought. But I wanted something different. I wanted to add a new dish to our family dinners. Something we never made. How about making Pinto Bean Burgers!

Dry Pinto Beans


From the La canasta bag, I already had pinto beans, onions, cilantro, and lettuce. This recipe is for 4 burgers. I have family of 6, so tripled the recipe and froze the uncooked patties.
All my ingredients

Patties Ingredients:
1/2 cup dices onion
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 table spoon reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1 large egg
2 tbsp minced seeded jalapeno pepper (optional)
1 tsp hot pepper sauce (optional)
1 cup of dry pinto beans or 2 cups of 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans
oil to cook the patties

You will also need:
- Salad dressing (I chose sandwich spread and tar tar sauce that I have in the fridge. I bet it will go well with BBQ sauce or blue cheese or thousand Island as well.)
- burger buns or small potato rolls (to make sliders)
- lettuce leaves or mix green

Preparation:
If you use dry pinto beans like I did, you need to soak them over night and boil them before you can use them. But if you buy them from the store just drain the beans.
Soaked, Cooked, and Drained Pinto Beans

Mash the cooked beans how ever you can. It's okay to leave some big pieces of beans.
Mashed Pinto Beans

To make pinto bean patties, combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl if you don't like it spicy, but if you do, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add mashed pinto beans and drained corn. Mix well.
First 8 ingredients in the mixing bowl

Divide bean mixture into 4 equal portion. Make a ball and flatten them into patties. If you are going to use small potato bread to make sliders, you can make smaller patties. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Pinto Bean Patties for family of 6!

Heat oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add patties to pan and cook about 4-5 minutes on each side or until thoroughly heated.
Frying up the patties

Almost ready!

Spread your choice of dressing on both sides of the bun. Place a patty on the bottom half of the bun. Top the patty with salad leaves. My husband added avocado on his burger. We had salad and mozzarella sticks on the side.
Stacking them up, how we like it.

The kiddies' sliders

My husband's plate with Avocado.

It was so good. Everyone enjoyed the pinto bean burgers and we added this recipe to our dinner recipes.
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Why? Because we have a lot of beans in the pantry.
Where: In your own kitchen
Cost: Next to nothing
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