Mexican bean burgers with lime yogurt & salsa

Mexican bean burgers with lime yogurt & salsa

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Makes 6 burgers
These veggie burgers are a doddle to make and the toppings make them wonderfully moist - cook from frozen to save time

Nutrition and extra info

  • Uncooked burgers can be frozen
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal195
  • fat3g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.38g
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  • 2 x 400g/14oz cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

    kid-nee beenz

    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • 100g breadcrumb
  • 2 tsp mild chilli powder
  • small bunch coriander, stalks and leaves chopped
  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 200g tub fresh salsa
  • 150ml low-fat natural yogurt
  • juice ½ lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 6 wholemeal burger buns, sliced avocado, sliced red onion and salad leaves, to serve


  1. Heat grill to high. Tip the beans into a large bowl, then roughly crush with a potato masher. Add the breadcrumbs, chilli powder, coriander stalks and ½ the leaves, egg and 2 tbsp salsa, season to taste, then mix together well with a fork.

  2. Divide the mixture into 6, then wet your hands and shape into burgers. The burgers can now be frozen. Place on a non-stick baking tray, then grill for 4-5 mins on each side until golden and crisp. To cook from frozen, bake at 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 for 20-30 mins until hot through.

  3. While the burgers are cooking, mix the remaining coriander leaves with the yogurt, lime juice and a good grind of black pepper. Split the buns in half and spread the bases with some of the yogurt. Top each with leaves, avocado, onion, a burger, another dollop of the lime yogurt and some salsa, then serve.

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18th Mar, 2017
I wish I had read the comments before making this... They were terribly bland even though I added some spring onions to the mix. In spite of this, I still think that they are worth making - it takes no time, they are healthy and potentially yummy - but next time, I will certainly be so much more liberal with spices! I will add garlic to them too.
3rd Mar, 2017
Followed this to the point and they were plain awful. Like mushed up cardboard. Definitely removing from my list.
28th Mar, 2016
I based my attempt on the comments below. I used 2 tsp mild chilli, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tbsp tomato purée, zest of a lime, a handful of sweetcorn, 1 can kidney and 1 can cannellini, porridge oats instead of bread (try it!) and added a handful of grated cheddar. I also chucked the whole lot in the food processor and gently pulsed. They were the right wetness for shapin and I oven baked for 20 mins. Next time I will do meatballs!
5th Jan, 2016
Really good recipe for tasty burgers! Found mine a little dry (perhaps because I used puree instead of salsa?) and I personally like them a little more crisp on the outside (extra couple mins under the grill!) But altogether very yummy!
1st Nov, 2014
Healthy, easy and cheap. Can't go wrong.
15th Jun, 2014
Made these on Sat - swapped 1 tsp of chill for cumin,next time will keep 2 tsp chill and 1 tsp cumin. They were delicious, quick an easy. Loved that they kept their shape. Even OH - suspicious of healthy/veggie recipes was v v impressed. 5 stars!!
13th Apr, 2014
Can't find stars - 5 stars given
13th Apr, 2014
I've made these a few times before and they've been very successful. I play around with additions according to what's in the fridge. Never have salsa so always use tomato purée. Quick, filling and cheap!
30th Mar, 2014
These were delicious, will definitely make again. Didn't have yoghurt or lime so used creme fraiche and a dash of sugar to balance out the sourness of the creme fraiche. Worked perfectly.
3rd Nov, 2013
We made these for two meat loving friends and they could not believe how much they enjoyed them. We will definitely be making again and again. The salsa and natural yoghurt are a must.


19th Mar, 2015
Great question...would love to know the answer to this too !
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31st Mar, 2015
Hi ktwatson_lancs & 1samantha, thanks for getting in touch. Normally our nutritional analysis does not include any to serve items. We have had this dish re-analysed to include these items and the results are as follows:Mexican bean burgers with lime yogurt & salsa (including wholemeal burger buns, sliced avocado, sliced red onion and salad leaves) per serving: kcalories: 407, protein: 17g, carbs: 54g, fat: 11g, saturates: 2g, fibre: 12g, sugar: 10g, salt: 1.8gHope this helps, many thanks for getting in touch. 
1st Jul, 2013
Does the final calories count include the 'to serve' ingredients, ie red onion, burger buns, avocado? Thanks.
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