Recipe to Share: Crystal's Bean Burgers

I just wanted to share this recipe with you.  I made these today for lunch and the kids really enjoyed them.   Here is a picture of half a sandwich that was made with the burgers.



Crystal’s Bean Burgers


2 c cooked pinto beans (beans should be nice and soft)

1 c cooked brown rice

2 eggs

½ c whole wheat flour

Salt, pepper, seasoning salt to taste


In a large bowl combine all the above ingredients.  Use a potato masher to mix and mash up the beans.  Heat olive oil in a frying pan.  Scoop out bean mixture using a ¼ cup measuring cup and plop out onto the hot oil.  Use the back of the measuring cup to flatten and shape the patty.  Let it cook until nicely browned on the first side.  Flip the burger and use the back of the spatula to flatten out the burger some more and let it cook on the second side. 


Remove from hot oil onto a platter to cool. Serve with toasted whole wheat bread, mayo, ketchup, lettuce, cheese, pickles and any other hamburger trimmings you would like! 


This recipe lends itself very well to doubling or tripling.  You can cook these burgers up ahead of time and flash freeze them (this means to lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze them separately).  Then store them in a freezer bag for easy use. 


  1. I've been looking for something new to do with my beans since I started my diet. This is great! I'm going to try it this weekend!

  2. Crystal,

    Oh my this looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing with us. Your homemade bread sure looks yummy too.

    Blessings my dear friend,


  3. Crystal , THanks for the idea ! I have a quick question. Do they break apart easy? I sorrta thought maybe adding a egg would help them stay together like salmon patties. Thanks again . Stef

  4. WhiteHouse - Dawn W.September 25, 2006 at 2:06 PM

    This looks so good! Since you've gotten me hooked on eating more beans (lots of good recipes to try) I cannot WAIT to make these. Thank you.


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