Chili and Bean Burgers

Chili and Bean Burgers
Chili and Bean Burgers

Ever sit on the sidelines wishing you could have a big juicy burger but it's not part of your healthy eating plan? Well, fire up the grill and get ready for a healthier version of this all star, game day favorite burger. By choosing leaner cuts of meat, bulking up the fiber with beans and building layers of flavors with spices, this burger will take you from the sidelines back into the game!

Choose lean meat that is 10% fat instead of 15% or 20% fat to control calories and fat. Since nobody wants to eat a 'bunless' burger at an outdoor party, we opted for small hamburger buns instead of the huge buns that can be bigger than the meat patty - think kid meal size. This keeps the carbs to a minimum while letting you stay in the game.

You won't miss any flavors with our salt free Hill Country Chili Powder which is hand blended from ancho chile powder, New Mexico chile powder, onion, Chipotle chile powder, cumin, garlic, Mexican oregano and allspice. This chili seasoning stays true to its Tex-Mex roots by providing a flavor that is deep, complicated and loaded with spicy, peppery heat without being overly hot.

So dig in and enjoy the Summer and this delicious burger at your next cook out.

 Print Recipe

  • 1/2 cup canned pinto beans - no salt added, rinsed and drained
  • 12 oz ground beef (90/10 mix)
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp Panko bread crumbs, plain
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons Hill Country Chili Powder
  • 1/2 cup your favorite prepared chili sauce, divided¬†
  • 4 small hamburger buns
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Just before putting the meat on the grill wipe the grill rack with a small amount of olive or vegetable oil on a paper towel. Use tongs to hold the paper towel to prevent getting burned.
  2. In a large bowl, add beans and mash them with a fork until all the beans are mashed through.
  3. Add ground beef, corn, bread crumbs, egg white, Hill Country Chili Powder and 1/4 cup of the chili sauce.
  4. Mix to combine and shape into 4 equal sized patties.
  5. Grill the burgers about 6 minutes before carefully turning and grill for an additional 4-5 minutes until cooked through.
  6. Toast the buns on the grill for about 30 seconds or until they are lightly toasted.
  7. Once the burgers come off the grill, let them rest about 5 minutes for the juices to redistribute into the meat.
  8. Assemble burgers with buns, lettuce, burger patties, onions, mustard, the remaining chili sauce and serve.