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Hamburgers with BBQ sauce

For hamburgers with a twist, take a look at this recipe which makes hamburgers that contain baked beans! Ideal for all seasons, these can be fried in a pan or grilled on the BBQ.


Serves 8

Nutritional values

Per burger (without roll):

• energy 199 kcal • protein 11g • fat 6g • carbohydrate 23g • fibre 5g • cholesterol 50mg • sodium 352mg

For the hamburgers:

  • 410g (16 oz) can baked beans, drained
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vinegar
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) Worcestershire sauce
  • 2ml (1/2 tsp) crushed garlic
  • 200g (1 cup) lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 slice of bread (brown or white), crumbled
  • 250ml (1 cup) oat bran
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 1 egg
  • 5ml (1 tsp) olive oil
  • 4-8 hamburger rolls (optional)
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the BBQ sauce:

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large apple, finely grated
  • 1ml (1/4 tsp) crushed garlic
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) olive oil
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) tomato sauce
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 20ml (4 tsp) brown sugar
  • 30ml (2 tsp) Worcester sauce
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 10ml (2 tsp) prepared mustard

How to make it:

  1. For the burgers, combine the beans, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and garlic by mashing or mixing together in a food processor.
  2. Add the ground beef, onion, celery, breadcrumbs, oat bran, salt, pepper and egg, and mix to a firm consistency.
  3. Shape into 8 hamburger patties.
  4. Lightly grease a frying pan with 5ml (1 tsp) oil and use a spatula to spread the hot oil evenly across the pan.
  5. Fry the patties for 5 minutes on each side.
  6. For the sauce, sauté the onion, apple and garlic in the oil until transparent.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve the patties on unbuttered burger rolls with tomato, lettuce and BBQ sauce.


These burgers are very soft and do not have the “meatiness” of normal hamburgers.


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Recipe and picture taken from the low GI, low fat recipe book by registered dietitians Gabi Steenkamp and Liesbet Delport, Eating for Sustained Energy 1 (Tafelberg).

22 June 2023