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



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



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  • 6 wholemeal burger bun, 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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Comments (82)

bowdenei's picture

I made the meatballs. The only change I made was to bake them in the oven while I got on with the sauce. Once the sauce was simmering I then put the meatballs in and cooked them while the spaghetti was cooking. As I love coriander I did sprinkle some chopped over the meatballs along with grated cheese. Yummy! I can't seem to highlight the stars so for the record I give it 5 stars

sharalou's picture

Fantastic! Very tasty. Best veggie recipe I've made in ages. I threw in some fresh chillies as I like mine spicy. Took these to work the next day for my lunch and my work colleagues were all very jealous! They were all surprised I'd made them myself (and I didn't let on how easy they are to make!). Will definitely make again. Might make a few batches and put in the freezer.

sharalou's picture

Dead easy to make. No cooking involved - just chuck them under the grill. Really tasty. The yoghurt accompaniment is a must, as it's nice and cooling - especially as I substituted the mild chilli powder for some fresh red chilli! I like mine spicy.

I would definitely make these again and they are freezable so you can make a huge batch. Brilliant!

cfrickers's picture

Amazing and cheap!

gordonfionaturnbull's picture

Loved this. Used black eyed beans as I didn't have kidney in the cupboard. The lime yogurt was fantastic. I froze some to take on a self catering holiday and they stood up well the the journey. This will become a family favourite.

bowdenei's picture

I have made the burgers before and decided to try the meatballs today. I really enjoyed them but have only given it 4 stars because the sauce soaked right into the meatballs, so although they tasted good there was no sauce for the pasta. Next time I will double up on the sauce. Served with grated cheese. I also used one can of kidney beans and one can of aduki beans as my supermarket only had one can of kidney beans left in my favorite brand. They were very moist. I may also bake them next time

motherinferior's picture

The first time I made these I thought they were good but the burgers themselves lacked something. I've played around with the spices and find that a teaspoon each of hot chilli powder and cumin gives a much better flavour than 2 teaspoons of mild chilli powder. The burgers hold together brilliantly and freeze really well. We eat these at least once a fortnight.

bakewithlove's picture

As others said it might be bland, I used mixed beans which come pre mixed with chilli sauce. I added a bit more salt anyway and found the burgers went down really well. I also added some lime zest into the burger mixture. Used an oven to bake for about 15 mins at 180.

rosie22r's picture

i am not even a veggie but these were amazing !! so much flavour !!! defo be making again !!!

alisparkes's picture

yum enjoyed these, would have added a bit more chilli, and didn't have any yoghurt so served with avocado, some rocket leaves and a naughty slice of halloumi cheese- no bread though!
Really quick and simple to make.

dennyc2's picture

About the easiest thing to make on this website. If making for two freeze the remainder in burger sized pieces

imorra's picture

This is such a lovely healthy alternative to a Mexican dinner if you want to be sociable but still keep on dieting! I added a little bit of tabasco,paprika and chopped red onions to the mix. I agree with previous comments regarding how well the yogurt salsa elevates the whole dish! Loved it! Needs to cook a little longer for my taste..I like it crunchy!

alisonpg's picture

Made these exactly as specified in the recipe with all the suggested trimmings. Absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making these again soon.

mahsa_mrm84's picture

Added more home-made salsa and seasoning (black and red chili powder, Paprika, salt) and it was really tasty!

amicle's picture

Unbelievably easy to make!

kel-delacoe's picture

Very bland - I ended up adding liquid smoke to turn them a bit BBQ-y v quick and easy though

oggie679's picture

Although easy to make, I found these very dry - much prefer lentil/mushroom burgers for a vegetarian burger option.

frozenpixie's picture

Made these with my boyfriend along with homemade salsa and the lime yoghurt - it was delicious, but I think it definitely needs the salsa and yoghurt to add flavour, otherwise it would have been rather bland, although the texture is good. The yoghurt is absolutely delicious with the burgers, so don't leave it out. Simple and cheap!

dgodber's picture

My partner would have preferred them a little spicier but I loved them as they were ... and at less than £2 per portion they're good for the budget too!!!!

julesthenorweegie's picture

Unfortunately these didn't hold. I had to add an extra egg, and make mini beanelettes... sigh!


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