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Beef and bean burger

This burger uses beans and beef to give you the best of both worlds! Serve with a salad to add crunch and colour.  

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 can (540 mL/19 oz) low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 125 mL (½ cup) finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) Dijon mustard
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) ground cumin
  • 7 mL (½ tbsp) paprika
  • 2 mL (½ tsp) salt
  • 1 mL (¼ tsp) black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 454 g (1 lb) extra lean ground beef
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C (400 °F) and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 
  2. In a large bowl, mash black beans with a fork or a potato masher. 
  3. To the same bowl, mix in onion, garlic, mustard, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and egg.
  4. Add ground beef and mix thoroughly. Firmly form into 8 burger patties and place onto the baking sheet. 
  5. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Use a digital food thermometer to check that the burgers have reached an internal temperature of 74 °C (165 °F).


  • Create a “make your own burger” bar and have your kids add their own toppings.
  • The burger patties will keep their form better because the beans are mashed.  
  • Half the size of the burger to make mini sliders and serve as an appetizer.
  • Tightly wrap and freeze leftover burger patties for up to 4 months.