Beef & Bean Burgers – $5 Dinner Challenge

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.

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Taco Burgers

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 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 ($.25)
  • 12 slices bread, or 6 buns ($.60)
  • Lettuce from garden
  • Cilantro from garden
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved ($.75)
  • Cilantro Lime Dressing ($.25)


  • 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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  1. says

    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!

  2. LisaE says

    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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