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Live Well Alabama recipe, Half Veggie Burgers.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – This Food Friday, Live Well Alabama is cooking Half Veggie Burgers. Enjoy grilling with the whole family! Combine lean ground turkey or beef with canned pinto beans for tasty backyard burgers that will help save your budget.


  • 1 pound lean group turkey or beef
  • 2 cans pinto beans, 14 ounces each, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 leaves of lettuce
  • 8 hamburger buns


Mash the beans with a potato masher or fork; for a smoother burger texture, put beans in a blender or a food processor. In a bowl, mix together beans, bell pepper, meat, egg, salt and pepper using your hands. Form mixture into 8 patties. Spray a skillet with cooking spray; heat to medium-high. Cook the patties for 4 minutes on each side or until done. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees and there should be no pink in the middle. Serve on buns with sliced tomatoes and lettuce.

Live Well Alabama

Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices,” said Sondra Parmer, Alabama Extension specialist with SNAP-Ed. “Through this initiative, we hope individuals with limited budgets will make healthy food choices and choose physically active lifestyles.”

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Live Well Alabama provides numerous recipes that are simple and budget-friendly.

More Information

Download a PDF of the Half Veggie Burger recipe.

Live Well Alabama has additional recipes that can be found on the Alabama Extension website.


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