Playing With Our Food--Pinto Burgers

May 1, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I heard back from Yogabody Naturals, the makers of Awesome Toes, and they are sending me a new set of Toes to replace the ones that tore. Yippee! Now I just have to order another set so the Redneck has his own and can stop borrowing mine!

We eat a lot of leftovers, which I am good with. The food tastes good the first time, so warming it up for another go around works fine. Sometimes however, I just want something different, so I 'play' with what I have to work with. Last night I decided I wanted a burger, but instead of using ground beef, I used the leftover pinto beans from the weekend. There was just enough to work with, so I got out some more ingredients.

I rinsed the beans in a colander, and gave the little bit of ham that was in them to my little dog Poblano as a treat. I had some leftover onion that we ate with the beans, Aldi Steak Seasoning, an egg, and some leftover bread (Aldi Seedtastic and some Honey wheat).

Using my food processor, I made bread crumbs, and after pouring them into a bowl, I ran the beans, onions and seasoning through it as well. 

I mixed the beans and bread crumbs together well, and then made them into patties, which was harder than usual, since the Redneck BROKE MY ICE CREAM SCOOP! I never realized how dependent I was on that little gadget until it broke. I used it for making meatballs, measuring out different types of patties, scooping muffin batter into the pan--it was such a great tool in the kitchen, and I will be getting a new one ASAP.

I placed them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, and baked them at 350 for 20 minutes. They could have gone a bit longer actually.

They didn't really brown, but they were firm enough to place on a bun.

I put some grated cheese on two of them and let them sit in the oven till it melted. I made up a burger for each of us, with Obie having his usual pickles only, and me with the veggies all the way.

I will not try to convince anyone that they tasted like a regular burger--I'm not that good at lying! However, they were good, and with a little futzing about with my recipe, they could be even better. It made six patties, enough for two more meals. I think I will try a little gravy with them next. I will try pan frying the patties in a little olive oil first, perhaps add a small baked potato to the plate.

Has anyone else ever tried making a 'burger' from different foods? I would love to hear from you, and get your recipe down below.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018



  1. Try more seasoning and salt, but then will they be healthy?

    1. I was thinking more of adding more onion, maybe red bell pepper, garlic, etc. I might use the steak seasoning again, but no added salt. Oooh, I just thought, some Old Bay Seasoning would perk it right up.


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