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. Nancy says

    The flavor is good but I was very disappointed that they fell apart disastrously. I had to go and buy wraps and make burritos because they wouldn’t hold together as a patty.

  2. says

    I made these burgers tonight and they tasted AWESOME. Unfortunately they were more of a mush than a solid patty, but that won’t stop me from making them again in the future! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. says

    I couldn’t help but smile when I saw that one of the ingredients in this recipe for “Veggie” burgers was bacon! However I will still try out the recipe, but only serve the bacon to the non-vegetarians!

    • says

      Haha I’m glad you found it funny and didn’t get mad at me! I’ve heard that some vegetarians will eat bacon because it is just so good. There also is a vegetarian tempeh bacon you could use.

  4. kearsten says

    I used to buy Veggie burgers way back when, and my fave was a bean burger with some southwest flavor. If this tastes anything like how I remember those, I will definitely enjoy these! Must try making my own bean burgers!

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