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Pinto Burgers & Tzatziki Sauce


Pinto Burgers & Tzatziki Sauce

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I’m always looking for ways to include different beans in my family’s meals. I could never really figure out how to use pinto beans, though, until one day when I decided to make burgers out of them. I usually skip the buns and serve them with cooked greens -- even healthier, and my kids absolutely LOVE them!
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, (divided into 1 tablespoon each)
  • 1/2 cup shallots, (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic, (minced)
  • 1/3 cup almonds, (toasted)
  • 1 3/4 cups pinto beans, (cooked)
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, (finely chopped, divided)
  • 1 tablespoon whole mustard grain
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 avocado, (thinly sliced)
  • Capers, (for garnish)
  • Lemon wedges, (for garnish)
  • Sprouts, (for garnish)


  • Combine ground flax and water in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to form.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small pan and sauté shallots and garlic until soft (about 5 minutes).
  • Pulse sautéed shallots/garlic, toasted almonds, beans, bread crumbs, ¼ cup roasted red peppers, and flax mixture in a food processor until just combined.
  • Transfer pulsed mixture into a large bowl, then fold in mustard grains, season with salt and pepper, and form ½-inch patties. Chilled patties are firmer and easier to flip, so store them in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours before the next step.
  • Wipe the skillet clean and heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. 
  • Pan-fry patties on one side for 5 minutes, then flip and fry the other side for another 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • For tzatziki sauce, combine and mix plain Greek yogurt, roasted red peppers, cumin, and Himalayan salt.
  • Spread sauce on burgers and serve immediately.

Bon appétit!