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Pinto Bean Burger

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Burgers 1x
  • Category: Burgers
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Burgers


Skip the meat and give these pinto bean burgers a try! These tasty burgers are loaded with flavor and they’re ready in just 20 minutes!



  • 1 15oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed, patted dry
  • 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips (about 1oz)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • Toppings: Lettuce, tomato, red onion, BBQ Sauce or Hot Sauce (optional)


  1. Place two large paper towels on a cutting board and set aside.
  2. Drain and rinse the pinto beans, then spread onto the paper towels and gently pat to dry.
  3. Add the tortilla chips, pinto beans, onions, and cilantro to a food processor and pulse 3-4 times.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, cumin, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the food processor and pulse 5-6 times until combined.
  6. The mixture might look dry, but it will hold together when packed.
  7. Shape the mixture into 4 large patties.
  8. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  9. Add the burgers and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  10. Brush with barbecue sauce or hot sauce, if desired.
  11. Place on a bun and add all your favorite toppings + sides!

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