Taco Burgers – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 7, 2010

A few notes about this lovely meal.

  • These were SO GOOD, but they were super crumbly…from the beans…so I would add an egg to hold the burgers together.
  • The cilantro and lettuce are from the garden.
  • The bread…because I had no buns in the house. And ran out of time to make them from scratch.
  • The salsa is homemade from last year’s garden. (Canned, of course.)
  • The salad dressing is homemade Cilantro Lime Dressing – 1/4 cup canola oil, 3 Tbsp lime juice, 1 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Used a few spoonfuls.
  • The boys ate these with ketchup, not salsa. They eat ketchup with just about everything.  If this continues on into adulthood, they might need to attend a Ketchups Anonymous meeting.

And now I leave you with the burger recipe.  Including the egg that I did not use, but the recipe needs.

Ingredients

1/2 yellow onion ($.15)
2 garlic cloves ($.10)
1.4 lb ground beef ($2.07)
2 cups cooked pinto beans, mashed ($.40) Substitute 15 ounce can, drained
2 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning ($.10)
(1 egg ($.10))
Few spoonfuls homemade or store bought salsa ($.25)
8 slices bread, or 4 buns ($.60)
Lettuce from garden
Cilantro from garden
Cherry tomatoes, halved ($.75)
Cilantro Lime Dressing ($.25)

Directions

Cut an onion in half and pull off 2 garlic cloves.

Peel back the flaky onion layer.  I like to use the “root” end to hold onto while grating the onion.

Place the ground beef into a large mixing bowl.  Add the crushed garlic and grate the onion.

Add the mashed pinto beans and taco seasoning mix. (Add the egg here.) Combine and form into 6 patties.

Grill the patties, until cooked through.  Serve on buns with a spoonful or two of salsa on top.

Prepare dressing and salad.

Serve Taco Burgers, topped with salsa, with Garden Salad and Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Cost 4.77

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Candi June 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Sounds yummy. We made Taco Burgers last month and they were so good! I’m planning on making burgers every weekend this month. Summer Burger Bash!

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Denise June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm

These sound delicious, I’ve made taco pizza before but not taco burgers, I think these will go on my menu for this week ;-)

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Queen of the House June 8, 2010 at 8:33 am

Great idea for a different spin on burgers! Thanks for another idea on how to use my cilantro also!

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LisaE June 8, 2010 at 9:29 am

I used to make taco burgers often, my family loves them. I have not used beans in them but think I will try it this way, anything to add more healthy ingredients is a plus!

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angie June 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I have made something like this I was trying to make meatloaf and ended up in burgers they are great

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