• Cooking Time: 15
  • Servings: 6
  • Preparation Time: 15


I found this recipe one day in the newspaper. It is delicious and easy to make!


  • 2 cans (15.5-ounces each) pinto beans, drained, liquid reserved, 1 can left whole, 1 can fork-mashed
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. each: coarsely ground pepper and garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. prepared cocktail sauce
  • 6 good quality whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1/4 cup olive or canola oil
  • 6 thin slices Swiss cheese (4 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 cups sauerkraut, drained


  • 1. Mix beans, breadcrumbs, eggs, pepper and garlic in a medium bowl adding enough bean liquid for mixture to hold together without being wet. Divide into 6 equal portions and flatten into 4-inch patties. Mix mayonnaise and cocktail sauce; set aside.
  • 2. Warm buns in a 300-degree oven, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook, turning only once, until a crisp brown crust forms on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total. Top burgers with cheese slices, cover skillet, turn heat to low and let burgers continue to cook until cheese melts.
  • 3. Spread cut side of each roll with the sauce. Set burger on bun bottom, top with sauerkraut, cap with bun top and serve.


Author Credit: USA Today

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