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Chilli beef and bean burger recipe

Inspired by chilli con carne – swapping some of the meat for beans saves money too.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Serves 4

Nutritional information

Per serving:

  • 1,240kJ / 294kcal
  • 22.4g protein
  • 35.7g carbohydrate, of which 5.6g sugars
  • 4.9g fat, of which 1.6g saturates
  • 8.7g fibre
  • 1.2g salt
Chilli beef and bean burger served with salad in a bun, with a side of corn on the cob



  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • small can (about 210g) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 250g lean beef mince
  • wholemeal breadcrumbs (from 1 slice of bread)
  • 2 teaspoons mild chilli powder, or to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée

To serve

  • 1 extra large tomato, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • lettuce leaves
  • 4 wholemeal rolls


  1. Chop the onion in a food processor, then add the beans, mince, breadcrumbs, chilli powder, beaten egg and tomato purée, and mix again.


    If you prefer a chunkier texture, mash the beans with a fork or potato masher, chop the onions by hand and then mix with the other ingredients.

  2. Shape the mixture into 4 patties and chill until you're ready to cook.

  3. Barbecue or grill for 5 to 7 minutes each side.

  4. Serve in the rolls, with sliced onion and tomato, and lettuce leaves.


    Serve with corn on the cob for a complete meal.