Tex-Mex Pinto Bean Burgers

A hearty, spicy pinto bean burger with fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, corn, red onion and smoky spices piled high on a bun with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and avocado. A Tex-mex explosion of flavors to make your taste buds dance.

If you never had a bean burger then you’re deprived. Seriously. What are you waiting for? They’re surprisingly good. You all know how much I love a beef burger, right? It’s entirely possible I may love bean burgers even more. They have a slight edge to them being there’s more varieties of beans then there is beef giving me more variations to love. Makes perfect sense.

Thank goodness I don’t have to decide. There’s room enough for every kind of burger in my life.

And yours.

Meatless included.

Make them. Wonder where bean burgers have been all your life. Then thank me.

You’re welcome.

Tex-Mex Pinto Bean Burgers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

Tex-Mex Pinto Bean Burgers

A spicy pinto bean burger piled high on a bun with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and avocado.


1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup corn
1/3 cup fresh tomato, diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
1 heaping tablespoon fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and a few cracks black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano, crushed between fingers
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
For serving:
sharp cheddar cheese slices
crispy bacon


  1. In a large mixing bowl mash the beans with a potato masher leaving some chunks. Add the rest of the ingredients and using a fork combine well. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and grease lightly. Form mixture into 4 medium-sized patties or 3 larger patties. Cook 5-6 minutes on each side. Don't overcook or patties can dry out.
  3. Melt cheese over top and serve on buns with avocado, crispy bacon and the condiments of your choice.


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  1. says

    Yum, I used to be a vegetarian years ago and I love veggie burgers these look wonderful. My mom is still trying to do vegetarian and I’m visiting with her for a month so I’m going to have to try these out on her. Your blog looks so nice Reeni, I’m sorry I haven’t been over to comment in a while. Thanks for stopping by my site. xoxox

  2. says

    I no longer want to be deprived, lol, I have to try this burger. I looks awesome, Reeni. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. says

    These are SO pretty! And I’m totally the same way… I love a good beef burger, but I’m also all about vegetarian burgers. These ones look perfect :)

  4. Jessen says

    I’ve had bean burgers on my list of to-make recipe ideas for the last year and a half, but never made them as of yet because I’m so afraid they’re going to fall apart when I go to Flip them (and there goes dinner!) I definitely just need to make them already! Great recipe. . . Just looking at them makes me think, go for it!

    • says

      Hi Jessen! They do require more of a delicate touch but these held up a lot better than some of my other ones. You can make these ahead of time and reheat them too. My Dad likes to reheat them for breakfast and put an egg on top. He loves beans!

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