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

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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
Chop 50 g onion.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Chicano burger
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
Shape the mixture into patties with your hands.

Set aside.

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

Stage 5 - 4 min.
Chicano burger
Crush the beans roughly with a fork.

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

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

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Chicano burger


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
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
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


Slice through 4 Hamburger buns using a serrated knife.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
Chicano burger
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
Sit the bottom halves on the serving plates.

Stage 14 - 4 min.
Chicano burger
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
Sit the red bean patty on top with a slice of fried ham.

Stage 16 - 4 min.
Chicano burger
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.
Home made.
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).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Milk, Egg, Sesame, Mustard
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 burgers : 10.38 €
  • Per burgers : 2.60 €

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Note: Be careful, these prices are only an estimate, you can consult the table of prices by ingredients used for this estimate.
This recipe uses (among others)
Minced beefMinced beef: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Express chilli con carne, Polenta parmentier, Spaghetti Bolognese, Algerian brik rolls, Polpete, ... All
Tinned red kidney beansTinned red kidney beans: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Cauliflower, red bean and avocado salad, Mexican salad, Pumpkin and red-bean tortillas, Express chilli con carne, African style chicken, ... All
OnionOnion: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Paella, Chicken and mushroom brik rolls, Leek and Jerusalem artichoke soup, Winemaker's toast, Eggs with tomatoes and courgettes, ... All
Cheddar cheeseCheddar cheese: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Raw green asparagus salad, Two-cheese quiche, Tex-Mex chicken burger, Deep leek and potato quiche, ... All
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