The Hairy Bikers chilli bean burgers recipe

Tuck into this tasty Mexican-style burger.

Hairy Bikers Chilli Bean Burgers

by Emily Gilbert |

If you’re a burgerholic like we are, you’re always on the lookout for something new. Here’s our latest incarnation of the veggie burger which has bags of flavour and a nice hit of chilli. Good served Mexican style with avocado and a dash of soured cream.

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Serves: 4


2–3 tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, very finely chopped

½ red pepper, very finely chopped

1 small carrot, finely grated

2 jalapeños, very finely chopped (include seeds)

3 tbsp coriander stems, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1-2 tsp chilli paste or hot sauce (such as chipotle)

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground cinnamon

400g can of black, pinto or kidney beans, drained

50g cooked brown rice

75g breadcrumbs

1 egg

Sea salt and black pepper

To serve

1 avocado

Juice of 1 lime

Cheese slices (optional)

4 burger buns

4 lettuce leaves

4 slices of red onion

Soured cream (optional)

Coriander leaves, to garnish

Hot sauce


  1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan. Add the onion, red pepper and carrot and cook until the onion is soft and translucent and the vegetables are collapsed down and glossy, but dry.
  1. Add the jalapeños, coriander stems and garlic and stir for another couple of minutes. Stir in the chilli paste or hot sauce, soy sauce, cumin and cinnamon and season with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool.
  1. Put the beans into a bowl and mash them roughly – you want a mixture of textures. Add the rice, breadcrumbs, egg and the cooled vegetables. Season with more salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
  1. Heat a little more oil in the frying pan, take a dessert spoonful of the mixture and form it into a small patty. Fry briefly on both sides and taste for heat and seasoning. Add more salt, pepper or chilli to the main mixture if necessary. When you are satisfied with the flavour, form the mixture into 4 patties and chill them for at least an hour – this will help the flavour develop.
  1. When you are ready to eat, remove the patties from the fridge. Peel the avocado, remove the stone and slice the flesh. Toss the slices in the lime juice and season with salt. Heat more oil in a frying pan and add the patties. Cook over a medium heat until a brown crust forms underneath and the patties come away from the pan with ease. Carefully flip the burgers to fry the other side. If serving with cheese, add it to the burgers now and put something over the pan to help the cheese melt – a lid partially covering the pan is fine.
  1. Lightly toast the burger buns, then layer up the lettuce leaves, onion, avocado slices, burgers, cheese, if using, and soured cream, if you like. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with extra hot sauce.

The Hairy Bikers’ Everyday Winners by Si King and Dave Myers is published by Seven Dials in hardback at £22, photography by Andrew Hayes-Watkins.

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