Grilled Barbecued Beef and Bean Burgers

With beefy bean burgers that are ready in less than 30 minutes, you can have your meat and fiber, too.


5 servings


1/2 pound extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
1 (15 to 16 ounce) can great northern beans, drained, rinsed
1/4 cup finely crushed saltine crackers (about 7 squares)
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
leaf lettuce, if desired
5 whole-grain hamburger buns, split
5 teaspoons barbecue sauce
sliced tomato and sliced onion, if desired


Heat gas or charcoal grill. In large bowl, mix beef, beans, cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, the pepper and egg. Shape into 5 patties, about 1/2 inch thick.

Brush grill rack with vegetable oil. Place patties on grill. Cover grill; cook over medium heat 5 minutes. Turn; cook covered 5 to 6 minutes longer or until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160°F (71°C).

Place lettuce and patties on bottom halves of buns. Spread each patty with 1 teaspoon barbecue sauce. Top with tomato and onion. Cover with bun tops.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Grill Time: 15 minutes

Additional Information

Mixing ground beef with beans is a great way to enjoy the taste of beef and boost your fiber.

Offer up a platter of these tasty burgers at your next backyard barbecue. Add 1/2 cup of potato salad and carrot and celery sticks with fat-free dip for 4 Carbohydrate Choices.

Try using other kinds of beans, such as black, kidney or pinto, instead of the great northern beans.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 330 (Calories from Fat 60), Total Fat 7 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Trans Fat 1/2 g), Cholesterol 70 mg; Sodium 410 mg; Total Carbohydrate 44 g (Dietary Fiber 7 g, Sugars 9 g), Protein 23 g; Exchanges: 2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Lean Meat; Carbohydrate Choices: 3

Recipe Courtesy Of

Betty Crocker

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