Get the best of both worlds with these real beef burgers loaded with fiber from black beans. These easy and flavorful burgers only need three ingredients!
I’m sure you’ve heard of black bean burgers but thought they were only for those hippie vegetarian types. (I’m kidding, vegetarian friends.) I actually am quite fond of black bean burgers at restaurants and will often order them to save some calories, but at home I always make my burgers with beef, turkey, chicken, or even buffalo. Basically, it’s all meat all the time at Weary Chef HQ.
For some reason, I got an idea to try making black bean burgers last week. I almost shrugged it off thinking it wasn’t my thing, but then I thought maybe I could add black beans to regular burgers! This adds fiber and stretches the meat, allowing you to get six good-sized burgers out of a pound of beef. We all know beans are cheaper than beef, so this is a good thing!
Thanks to seasoned black beans and prepared salsa, you don’t even need to season this burger mixture (unless you want to add a little hot sauce like I did). You literally just have to add three ingredients to a food processor, blend until smooth, and shape your patties. Super easy!
If you want to serve your Mexican burgers with guacamole on top as shown here (which you totally should), you only need to add one more ingredient: Avocados. I let you in on my secret for 60-second guacamole in my Enchilada Chicken Quesadilla post, but I’ll tell you again in case you missed it. All you need to do is stir a couple tablespoons of drained fresh salsa into a mashed avocado. Bam! Guacamole! You can doctor it up to taste with salt, lime, cumin, or cayenne if you like, but I usually don’t need to add anything at all. It’s hard to bring myself to make guacamole from scratch when this shortcut works so well.
Oh, one last thing. I am showing this on a bed of lettuce because that’s how we ate ours, but of course you could put it on a bun. Another fun idea would be to cut it in half and wrap it with guacamole in a tortilla like a burger taco! However you enjoy it, this is sure to be a fun dinner.Print
Add beef, drained beans, and drained salsa to food processor. Pulse of blend on lowest speed until combined.
Divide meat into six equal balls, and shape balls into patties. Heat skillet or grill to medium high. Spray with cooking spray or carefully rub lightly with oil.
Cook burgers approximately six minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, mash flesh of avocados with a fork, and stir in remaining drained salsa.
Serve burgers on lettuce leaves or a bun topped with avocado.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 15
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