Chicano burger

Chicano burger
Time for a fresh take on burgers with this Mexican-inspired version. The beef patty is pepped up with chilli spices and partnered with a plainer patty made with red kidney beans.
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Last modified on: May 12th 2021

Keywords for this recipe:HamburgerBurgerTex-mexMexicoRed kidney beansSpicesChilli
For 4 burgers, you will need:
  • 1 onion 50 g onion
  • 2 minced beef 400 g minced beef
  • 3 chilli spices 1 tablespoon chilli spices
  • 4 parsley parsley
  • 5 tinned red kidney beans 300 g tinned red kidney beans
  • 6 smoked ham 4 slices smoked ham
  • 7 oil 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8 Hamburger buns 4 Hamburger buns
  • 9 French mustard 4 tablespoons French mustard
  • 10 Cheddar cheese 40 g Cheddar cheese
  • 11 lettuce 8 leaves lettuce
  • 12 salt salt
  • 13 pepper pepper
  • Total weight: 1,335 grams

Change these quantities to make: 2 burgers 4 burgers 8 burgers 12 burgers
How long does it take?
Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
42 min.20 min.1 hour 2 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #1
Chop 50 g onion.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #2
Put 400 g minced beef in a bowl, salt and pepper lightly, then add 1 tablespoon chilli spices, the chopped onion and the coarsely chopped parsley.

Mix well.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #3
Shape the mixture into patties with your hands.

Set aside.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #4
Put 300 g tinned red kidney beans into a bowl. Salt and pepper.

Stage 5 - 4 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #5
Crush the beans roughly with a fork.

Stage 6 - 6 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #6
Mould into patties. It is easiest if you shape them in small dessert rings.

Stage 7
Chicano burger : Photo of step #7
Transfer the bean patties onto a sheet of cooking parchment to wait.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #8


Fry 4 slices smoked ham on both sides in a frying pan on high heat.

Transfer to a plate.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #9
Pour 2 tablespoons oil into the same pan, and when really hot, cook the beef patties to your preferred level.

Set aside to keep hot.

Stage 10 - 8 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #10
Still using the same pan, lightly fry the bean patties on both sides.

Take care, as these are tricky to handle and turn over. Use a fish slice or broad spatula if possible.

Leave to wait in the pan, off the heat.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #11


Slice through 4 Hamburger buns using a serrated knife.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #12
If possible, lightly toast the bottom halves in a toaster and put the top halves to warm over it in the rising heat.

Stage 13 - 1 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #13
Sit the bottom halves on the serving plates.

Stage 14 - 4 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #14
Spread a little mustard and sit a hot beef patty on top, then a few flakes of cheddar, cut with a vegetable peeler.

Stage 15 - 4 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #15
Sit the red bean patty on top with a slice of fried ham.

Stage 16 - 4 min.
Chicano burger : Photo of step #16
Add a couple of lettuce leaves and the top of the bun, with a second dash of mustard if you like.

Should be eaten right away.
There are lots of ways to vary this basic idea, still in keeping with the Mexican spirit: bacon instead of ham, a different cheese, a dash of Tabasco or lime juice on the bean patty, add a little avocado, etc. Just let your imagination and preferences guide you.

If you are fortunate enough to be in Brest, France, trot along to the remarkable "Pen ar bread" bakery in Guipavas, run by Sébastien and Audrey. I recommend it wholeheartedly (Brittany's best bakery in 2019). Here you'll find a whole range of delicious burger buns, like the ones shown in the photos. The owner is a really nice guy and a fount of knowledge about the science of baking, and happy to talk about it.

And to drink?

Should be eaten immediately.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,016 Kcal or 12,627 Kj197 gr318 gr205 gr
151 %76 %30 %31 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
226 Kcal or 946 Kj15 gr24 gr15 gr
11 %6 %2 %2 %
Per burgers
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
754 Kcal or 3,157 Kj49 gr79 gr51 gr
38 %19 %7 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 burgers : 10.38 €
  • Per burgers : 2.60 €

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Note : These prices are only approximate.
Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
Minced beefMinced beef: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Spaghetti Bolognese, Express chilli con carne, Gratin Parmentier, Bolognaise lasagne, Gisèle's Pasties, ... All
Tinned red kidney beansTinned red kidney beans: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Mexican salad, Enchiladas, Mexican tart, Cauliflower, red bean and avocado salad, African style chicken, ... All
OnionOnion: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Rabbit civet, Pea risotto "mantecare", Ratatouille confite, Potimarron and leek soup, Split peas "à la française", ... All
Cheddar cheeseCheddar cheese: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Two-cheese quiche, Tex-Mex chicken burger, Deep leek and potato quiche, ... All
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