Bean Burger

Even if you’re not a veggie we think you’ll like this recipe. It’s really tasty, takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. And you can make some salad and sauce to go with it in the 15 minutes it takes to cook. It’ll make dinner for 4 people for around £2.50!

Bean Burger

Makes 6 burgers

  • 2 x 400g cans of kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 100g breadcrumbs (you can buy these but better to use stale bread and grate it into breadcrumbs or roll it as flat as possible and toast or cook it in the oven and then put it into a bag and bash it into crumbs or use a food processor if you have one.
  • 2 teaspoons of chilli powder. You can choose mild, medium or hot to suit your taste. And if you’re not keen on spicy food, add fresh or dried herbs instead.
  • 1 egg
  • Small pot of natural yogurt
  • One or two (or more) salad items to suit your taste and budget eg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, spinach, beetroot, avocado
  • Ketchup or salsa
  • Half a lime (or buy a bottle of lime juice and store it in your fridge, it will keep for more than a month)
  • 6 wholemeal rolls


  1. Heat grill to high. Tip the beans into a large bowl, then roughly crush with a potato masher or fork. Add the breadcrumbs, chilli powder, the egg and 2 tablespoons of salsa or ketchup or another sauce. Mix together with a fork.
  2. Divide the mixture into 6, then wet your hands and shape into burgers. Place on a non-stick baking tray, then grill for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden and crisp. (If you are going to freeze some of the burgers do it before they are cooked and to cook from frozen, bake in the oven 200c/fan 180c/gas 6 for 20-30 minutes until hot through).
  3. While the burgers are cooking mix the yogurt with lime juice and pepper. Split the rolls in half and spread the bases with some of the yogurt. Put the burger on top and add salad of your choice, another dollop of the lime yogurt and some ketchup or salsa.



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