Beans and Rice Recipes: Bean Burgers

bean-burgersBean burgers have been my go-to for many years. It’s an easy, cheap, and nutritious way to have a fast meal.

If you follow Dave Ramsey at all, one of the things he repeats is, “Beans and rice, rice and beans.” He encourages people to cut their budget in so many ways and food is something that we can control easily. So, if we are going to only eat “Beans and rice, rice and beans,” how do we do that healthily? That’s what I plan to tackle with this series of recipes.

These are some tried and true recipes that I have been implementing into our lives as we live a life of frugality and pay off $94,000 in debt! I’m always looking for more recipes so share your Beans and Rice Recipes with us below!

Let me preface by saying that I am not a cook. I am struggling along to learn how to cook efficiently and frugally as best as I possibly can. While I am learning/struggling, I often ruin dishes and have to start over. I know that every chef out there has destroyed a good many recipes while in the learning curve, I just don’t give myself a lot of grace right now because I’m trying to not waste money. Wasted food is wasted money. So maybe in the future I will be an amazing cook and never ruin a dish, but for now, I will share my experiences and mishaps and hope you can benefit from them!

I have eaten many bean burgers in my 18 years of a vegetarian lifestyle!

I might add that its generally more frugal to be a vegetarian than a carnivore. A good many budget-conscious/debt free journeyers have forgone the meat in order to save money. I’ll just leave that there though.

One struggle I’ve had in our Debt Free Journey is that we are lacking certain kitchen appliances. Don’t get me wrong, we have an awesome Vitamix that we bought with our wedding money, but I do not own a small, neat, easy to use food processor. It probably wouldn’t cost all that much, but it’s not in the budget!

So, I use my Vitamix for all food processing needs-this machine really is awesome. All you do is fill the container with 3-4 cups of water and pulse on low until the food is chopped to the degree you desire. Then you just drain it in a colander. I have done this with carrots, onions, bell peppers, etc. It really is a neat trick. Maybe you all knew that, but it took a Vitamix cookbook for me to figure that out!

How to Make Bean Burgers

Prep: 15 min                       Cook: 20 min                      Ready in: 35 min


  • 1 (16oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • ½ green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 full sized carrots (optional-the more veggies the better!)
  • ½ onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric (optional, but I’m always trying to get turmeric in my diet.)
  • 1 tsp chili sauce or hot sauce (I tend to go for the Cholula.)
  • ½ C Gluten free bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190C) and lightly oil a baking sheet or use parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
  3. In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, carrots, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together egg, all spices, and hot sauce.
  5. Stir egg mixture into mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide into patties-the more the merrier!
  6. Bake 10 min on each side.
  7. Throw together on a gluten-free bun, lettuce leaves, or each without a top. Add desired condiments and enjoy!


  • I hate clean up so I use aluminum foil or parchment paper to reduce the clean up!
  • I love recipes with garlic and onion-I buy both in bulk at Costco and it saves a ton!

Let me know how these bean burgers turn out for you! Leave a comment below and share any other Beans and Rice Recipes you may have!




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