Barbeque Red Bean Burgers a Secret Recipe Club Reveal

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The rumors on the web about me are true!  My Secret Club Recipe assignment this month is, Thrifty Veggie Mama.  Before I delve into SRC recipe stuff for this month, I have a funny little story involving Thrifty Veggie Mama.  One day I was heading home from running errands and my phone did the tada thing.  I checked it at the next red light and I had a direct message from Thrifty Veggie Mama (Jamie).  Huh?  Did she find out that I have her as my assignment?  I was starting to feel a little panicky.  With a sense of impending dome,  I read my message: It said “there are nasty rumors about you on the web” or something to that effect and there was also a web link.  After two seconds of thought I realized that Jamie had been hacked, I let her know and she took care of it right away.  What she didn’t realize was that she was my SRC assignment.  What a a co-inky-dink.  I was relieved.

A little about Jamie, she quit her job as a physical therapist to do an even tougher job, be a stay at home mom to her adorable three children.  Jamie and her family made a conscious decision in 2010 to become vegetarian, they already didn’t eat pork, then bit by bit they cut out the rest of their meats.  Jamie said it was an adjustment but well worth it, the family is definitely healthier for it.  Jamie started her blog to chronicle her experience with learning to cook vegetarian and of course, be thrifty about it!

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Confession time for me.  I was absolutely petrified of getting a diet restrictive assignment through SRC.  My family are serious carnivores.  It’s not that we don’t eat a meatless meal once in awhile, but it’s easy things like a pasta dish, pizza or a veggie sub.  However, my hubby and I started on Weight Watcher’s about a month ago, so this SRC assignment ended up being the perfect fit!  I put my trepidations aside and got really excited about it, especially after checking out the awesomeness that is Jamie’s blog.

I made up my mind not to take the easy way out and make one of her drool inducing soups (I’m dying to try her roasted garlic soup she recently posted), or her pizza, or pasta.  I wanted a real vegetarian challenge.  When I read that Jamie’s Barbeque Red Bean Burgers was one of her most popular recipes for 2011; I knew I found my winner!  Plus, it has a nice familiar look that my guys would probably be more receptive to.

I served it up to McGyver, who was loving it.  I asked him if he knew what kind of burger it was?  “Hmmm, tastes a little different, lamb?”.  Seriously!  He could tell it was different but assumed it was meat so he was “fooled”.  I gotta tell you that I’d eat these burgers anytime!  I got a nice crust on the outside and they were creamy and tasty on the inside.  I added a slice of cheese to give it that delicious cheeseburger effect and I resisted my urge to add turkey bacon, hope you are proud of me Jamie!  If you haven’t already been to visit Thrifty Veggie Mama, you really need too!

For those of you who do Weight Watchers this came in at 12 points!  You can reduce the points value by 4 just by omitting the cheese and the avocado, you could reduce it even more if you skipped the bun…but what fun would that be?


Barbeque Red Bean Burgers
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1/2 onion, minced
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. 1 roma tomato, seeded and chopped
  4. 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  5. 2 tsp chili powder
  6. 1 15 oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  7. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  8. 1 egg
  9. 2 T barbecue sauce plus extra for bun
  10. 4 slices cheddar cheese
  11. Spinach leaves
  12. Sliced tomatoes
  13. 1 avocado
  14. 4 Hamburger Buns
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a couple swirls of olive oil.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, tomato, jalapeno, and chili powder. Saute until the onions are soft.
  3. Place the kidney beans in a medium bowl and mash with a fork. Add the onion mixture, bread, crumbs, egg, and barbecue sauce.
  4. Mix well. Form into patties.
  5. Place a little more oil in the skillet and brown the patties on both sides.
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It also happens to be giveaway time!  February is my blogoversary month so I’m doing giveaways every week this month.

Congratulations to Leann for winning the salad set!

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I don’t know about you, but I personally love handcrafted anything better than purchased.  This week’s giveaway will be for handcrafted jewelry and homemade spice mixes.

You’ll get a choice of a Harley Davidson key ring and a biker chick necklace from the Biker Chick Collection by TKW Designs (I didn’t want to leave my wind sisters out of my giveaways).



This jewelry set from the La Boheme Collection by TKW Designs (in case you aren’t into the biker chick thing)



Homemade seasoning packs (because this is primarily a cooking blog).  The Magic Seasoning Salt is my special blend of seasonings with a peppery punch that is perfect for anything, plus my Smokin’ Spicy Chili Rub (it’s what makes my pulled pork the best).


The giveaway runs all week.  Oh and there’s no such thing as the Biker Chick Collection or the La Boheme Collection, I thought it just sounded kind of cool.  I just made some jewelry Winking smile cuz I luv you all!

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34 Responses to Barbeque Red Bean Burgers a Secret Recipe Club Reveal

  1. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama February 20, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    So funny about the Twitter message!!! Thank you for the kind words and your awesome remake of the burgers. I am so glad your family liked them and you were even able to fool them! And yes I am very proud 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Giggles February 20, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Yeah, I’m glad you are proud of me. The burgers were really that good!

  2. Jo February 20, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Your picture had me fooled! The burgers look fantastic, pinning it now so I can make them later myself!

  3. Kitchen Butterfly February 20, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Your photos are GORGEOUS. And I probably need to try this for my man – we don’t eat enough beans as it is!!!

    • Giggles February 20, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      You always have lovely things to say, thank you! Be careful of eating to many beans…they have a not so funny after effect 😉

  4. Karen February 20, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    How funny that McG thought it was lamb! I’d *love* to try these and see if my gardener could tell the difference! Your jewelry is beautiful. What *don’t* you do?? 🙂

    • Giggles February 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      Haha Karen, I don’t knit!

  5. Lea Ann February 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    If I had to kill an animal, I’d be a vegetarian ..

  6. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite February 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I’ve never made or had bean burgers, but have definitely been intrigued by them. Yours look absolutely gorgeous! I really need to just go ahead and try them already 🙂

  7. Kelly February 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Great choice for SRC, this looks so delicious! So glad to be in Group C with you! 🙂

  8. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) February 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Great job, Rhonda…my hubby will eat Boca Burgers, so I’m betting these would be a hit with him as well. I try to make 1-2 meatless dishes a week, but it doesn’t always happen.

  9. Feast on the Cheap February 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Why have I never made homemade veggie burgers before? These look awesome and so hearty, but somehow I always end up buying the frozen ones. Clearly that needs to change.

  10. Teri @ The Freshman Cook February 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    What a great choice! It looks delicious!

  11. Eliot February 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    OK–let me get this out there! I love the La Boheme Collection!!!!!!

    Now for your SRC post: What a hilarious story! I bet you did panic! Great choice and I applaud you for not taking the “easy way out.”

    (Also, thanks for the chipotle tip!)

    Great pick and great post!

    • Giggles February 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

      I knew which ‘collection’ you would like 😉 It’s funny how you get to be e-friends through blogging!

  12. Lisa~~ February 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I’m going to have to try and fool my hubby with this, it sounds delicious.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Cook Lisa Cook

  13. beti February 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    hahaha I also have carnivours in my family, they can’t live without meat and I’m always trying new recipes, it should be a challenge to make this burgers

  14. Trisha February 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    We’re trying to go more meatless this lent, this would be a lovely option to try out. Great choice for this months SRC reveal. Visiting you from Group B!

    • Giggles February 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

      This is a perfect recipe for Lent, your family will love it!

  15. Gitte February 21, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    I eat veggie burgers from time to time and your bean burger sounds really delicious. Don’t think I could make my husband eat it though, he loves his meat too much.

  16. Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls February 21, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    Those look like some serious vegie burgers! They sound scrumptious to me 🙂

  17. Angie @ Bigbearswife February 21, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Your food always looks so so good! I think my meat loving hubby would eat that!

    Love the new giveaway too!

  18. heidi February 21, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I had Thrifty Veggie Mama for my last assignment, and was a little hesitant about the vegetarian thing too – so I did the easy thing and made a cake 🙂
    But this looks really good, and if you were able to fool McGyver, it must have been meat-ish. Maybe I would even dare and try to fool my husband!
    One question about your give-away (I assume it is only for US residents, so I won’t participate) – the cardboard “tops” for your spice mix bags, with your blog name printed on them, where did you get them? Or what are they called?
    I am giving away some homemade spice mixes myself now and then, and these would be perfect to close the bags – but I have no idea what to search for!

    • Giggles February 21, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Heidi, sadly the giveaway is US only (the overseas shipping costs are a little rich for me). The cardboard tops for the spice bags are a kit made by Avery. It’s 22801 product number, you can go online and make and save your design. They make it look more professional. Alternatively you can put the spices in a ‘goodie’ bag and print on cardstock, fold it over and staple it; that method is a little more economical.

      • heidi February 21, 2012 at 11:02 am #

        Thanks – I’ll take a look and see what I can find 🙂

  19. Kitchen Belleicious February 21, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    burgers are one thing- bbq red bean burgers is a whole new game! Wow! I am so impressed and now hungry!

  20. Danielle February 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    I can’t wait to try these! They’re going on my menu for next week. Great choice and good luck with WW (:

  21. Colleen Bierstine February 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    YUM. This is the ultimate meatless burger, and with red beans, my favorite!

  22. Mcgyver February 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Ok. I’ve looked at this for a couple few times and not withstanding the “fool the hubby” bit… I just realized (and the ladies are gonna LOVE this) one of your backgrounds is… some seriously course sandpaper! Ha-ha-ha chortle snuffle hahahahahaha

    Mcgyver, out!

    • Giggles February 22, 2012 at 7:39 am #

      Yes, I snagged some of your sandpaper…it has interesting texture (much like the bean burger that fooled you). <3 U!

  23. Deanna February 23, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Yum! I love hearing about meat-eating families finding veggie alternatives that work for them. These do look fantastic!

  24. The Wimpy Vegetarian February 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Oh man – these look terrific. I’m always on the lookout for a great veggie burger – can’t wait to try these!! Thanks for stopping by my blog this evening! Love your blog 🙂

  25. Cathy at Wives with Knives July 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    This sounds like a delicious alternative to the usual beef burger and I bet it has a lot more flavor. I used to shy away from vegetarian recipes but I have found some great ones recently.

  26. Andrew September 17, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    This would make any overwieght persons day