Low-Calorie Mexican Bean Burgers Recipe

A Mexican bean burger on a plate, a perfect low-calorie alternative to the classic hamburger for when you're on an Optifast diet plan

Calorie Count: 200

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes 

It’s very likely that you’ll experience cravings when you’re following a diet plan, especially when you reintroduce conventional food (on our Partial Meal Replacement or Maintenance Plans). Rather than order your favourite takeaway or be tempted to visit the drive-through, look for an alternative, healthier option to satisfy that craving while sticking to your daily calorie allowance.  

These Mexican bean burgers make the perfect alternative to the classic cheeseburgers. 

Low-Calorie Mexican Bean Burgers Recipe

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  • 400 g tin of kidney beans
  • 50 g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g fresh salsa
  • 75 ml low-fat yoghurt
  • Juice from 1/4 lime
  • 2 wholemeal burger buns
  • 1/4 sliced avocado, 1/4 sliced red onion & salad leaves to serve


  1. Preheat your grill to a medium heat.

  2. Pour the kidney beans into a large bowl and crush with a potato masher (or a fork, if you don’t have one).

  3. Add in the breadcrumbs, chilli powder, egg and 2 tbsp salsa, then mix well with a fork. You can add black pepper here for additional flavour if you’d like.

  4. Divide the mixture into 2 portions, then wet your hands and shape into patties. Place them onto a non-stick baking tray, then grill them for about 5 minutes on each side until golden and crisp.

  5. While the burgers are cooking, mix the yoghurt and lime juice together. Add black pepper if you wish.

  6. Open the buns and spread them with a little of the yoghurt mixture. Top each of them with the salad leaves, avocado and red onion before you add the cooked burgers. Finish by adding more yoghurt mixture and some salsa before serving.

Nutritional Facts

Amount per serving

Calories 200

Allergens: contains wheat, egg, milk.

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2021-06-21 09:17:59By Health & Nutrition Expert

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