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Nutrition information
Serving: 1 patty with bun (192 grams)
Servings per recipe: 5
Calories: 296 (54 from fat)
Cholesterol: 70 milligrams
Fat: 6 grams (2 saturated fat, 0 trans fats)
Protein: 21 grams
Sodium: 360 milligrams 
Total carbohydrate: 41 grams (7 fiber, 3 sugars)

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Grilled barbequed beef and bean burgers

This healthful addition to your outdoor grilling menu includes two good sources of protein.


1/2 pound extra-lean 96 percent ground beef
1 can (15 to 16 ounces) Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed
1/4 cup finely crushed saltine crackers (about 7 squares)
2  tablespoons barbecue sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
5 whole-grain hamburger buns, split
5 teaspoons barbecue sauce


  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. 
  2. In large bowl, mix beef, beans, cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, pepper and egg.
  3. Shape into 5 patties, about 1/2 inch thick. 
  4. Brush grill with vegetable oil. 
  5. Place patties on grill. 
  6. Cover. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. 
  7. Turn. Cook covered for 5 to 6 minutes longer or until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  8. Put patties between buns and top with 1 teaspoon barbecue sauce. 

For broiler: Place patties on broiler pan. Broil with tops 4 to 5 inches from heat using previous times as a guide. Turn once and spread with barbecue sauce after turning.


Source: Jeanie Becker, registered dietitian, Unity Hospital Bariatric and Weight Loss Center

First published: 07/17/2008
Last updated: 07/12/2012

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department