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Reuben Pinto-Burgers

Servings: 4
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My husband saw this recipe and asked me try it out, and frankly I surprised at how yummy it was. So it looks like I will be trying out more meatless burgers since they are packed with nutrition and delicious.


  • 1 can (15.5-oz.) Pinto beans, fork mashed

  • ½ cup bread crumbs

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 Tbl. minced garlic

  • ½ tsp. Garlic Mrs. Dash

  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise

  • 1 Tbl. cocktail sauce or ketchup

  • 4 whole-grain burger buns (2-ounce, 160-calorie size)

  • 2 Tbl. canola oil

  • 3 ounces light Swiss Cheese (divided into 4 servings)

  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained


  1. Mix mashed beans with bread crumbs, egg, garlic and Mrs. Dash. You may need a few tablespoons of water if the mixture is too dry. Divide into 4 equal portions and flatten into patties.

  2. Mix mayonnaise with cocktail sauce or ketchup and set aside.

  3. Toast buns or warm in 300-degree oven about 5-minutes.

  4. Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add patties and cook. Turn when underside has turned golden-brown. Top patties with Swiss while second side browns.

  5. Spread mayonnaise mixture lightly on both sides of bun, add burger and top with ¼ cup of sauerkraut, then top with the half of the bun. Enjoy!

Nutrition:(Serving size: One Burger)

calories: 515 protein: 20g total carbohydrate: 60g total fat: 20.7g

sugars: 8.5g sodium: 1232mg dietary fiber: 13g saturated fat: 4.2g


Interesting side note to this recipe, which I adapted from USA Weekend (Reuben Burger) Jan. 13-15, 2012. The Nutrition Analysis in the USA Weekend recipe was WAY off--it listed 556-calories for a larger burger that actually rang in at more than 725-calories. This recipe used light cheese (saving 40 calories), specifies a small size bun (saving another 40-calories), and makes 4 burgers where the USA Weekend recipe made just three. This brings up the point of developing an eye for calorie counts, and sometimes running your analysis! I've not seen any research on the accuracy of nutrition information on recipes from various sources, but I would not be surprised to learn that there's a fair amount of misinformation out there.