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Zesty Black Bean and Rice Burgers

From the book Welcome to 20 Fresh, Light & Quick Dinners published by!

Give these meatless burgers a try! They have tons of fiber, are low in fat and are a nice change from ground beef or turkey burgers. You'll be surprised at the great flavor!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Time Saving Tips: This is so quick - just chopping a bit of onion and cilantro!
Makes: 4 servings


  • 1 cup cooked instant rice
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns


  1. Mash beans with food processor or fork or potato masher. With fork, mix in rice, onion, cilantro and salsa.
  2. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray.
  3. Heat to medium-high heat.
  4. Use 1/2 cup mixture for each patty.
  5. Flatten onto skillet.
  6. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.
  7. Serve with salsa, sour cream, lettuce, sliced avocado.

Suggested Side Dishes
Tossed salad with your favorite veggies and lowfat soutwestern ranch dressing

Nutritional Content Per Serving (for 1 patty and 1 bun, not including condiments)

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