Cilantro Bean Burgers with Creamy Avocado-Lime Slaw


Lighten up your burger! Bean patties have less saturated fat and more fiber than beef patties. They're also cheaper and easier to cook indoors--and we promise they're just as satisfying, especially with the mouthwatering creamy slaw on top.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ cup crushed tortilla chips or panko breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup quick-cooking oats

  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro plus 1/2 cup, divided

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

  • ½ avocado

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 4 cups shredded cabbage (green and/or red)

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 4 whole-wheat buns, halved and toasted


  1. Combine beans, half the garlic, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Mash with a fork until all the beans are smashed. Stir in crushed chips (or panko), oats, pumpkin seeds, 2 tablespoons cilantro, and egg.

  2. Divide the mixture into 4 portions, then shape into patties. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes before cooking.

  3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, the remaining garlic, yogurt, avocado, lime juice, and water in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in lime zest and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add cabbage and toss to combine.

  4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 6 minutes. Turn them over, reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until golden brown and warmed through, 5 to 6 minutes more. Serve the burgers on buns, topped with 1/4 cup cabbage slaw each. Serve the remaining slaw on the side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

368 Calories
11g Fat
55g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 burger, 1 bun and 1 cup slaw
Calories 368
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 15g 55%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 16g 32%
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Vitamin A 402IU 8%
Vitamin C 35mg 39%
Folate 139mcg 35%
Sodium 712mg 31%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 4mg 23%
Magnesium 108mg 26%
Potassium 797mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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