Mar 22, 2016, 12:00:00 AM CDT Feb 23, 2023, 4:38:01 PM CST

Springtime Recipe: Beanie Burgers

This recipe serves four and is a healthy springtime option for the whole family.

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These beanie burgers are light, tasty and a great alternative to fast food burger options. They are also easy to make with pantry staples. This recipe is perfect for beginner cooks to practice making burgers without the worry of handling raw meat. Enjoy making this recipe as a family and consider serving outside when the weather is nice. 


For Burger

  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ¼ teaspoons ground cumin, or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Lettuce, leaves separated
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced

For topping

  • 6 oz. Fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ lime, juiced


  1. In a small bowl, mash the black beans with a fork. It’s ok to leave them a little bit chunky.
  2. In a larger bowl, crack the egg and mix with a fork until smooth.
  3. Add the chunky black beans, bread crumbs, scallions, cilantro or basil, garlic, cumin, oregano and olive oil and mix until combined.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 portions and form each patty about 1 inch thick. Sprinkle the patties with salt and pepper.
  5. Put a skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Wait two minutes for the pan to get hot and add the patties. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until the patties are browned and heated through.
  6. For the Greek yogurt topping, combined all ingredients in a small bowl until mixed completely.
  7. Serve on whole wheat hamburger bun with lettuce, tomato and Greek yogurt spread.

Topping ideas

  • Lettuce, tomatoes
  • Slice of cheese
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • Light mayonnaise and avocado

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Recipe adapted from Chop Chop Magazine

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