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A Famous San Antonio Hamburger with Fritos on Top

Sneak Preview: This recipe for San Antonio Bean Burgers makes a beefy hamburger topped with refried beans, cheese, and Fritos similar to those once served at EZ’s.

Have you ever driven to your favorite restaurant with great anticipation only to find a “gone out of business” sign on the door?

A few years ago, we drove to Dallas (about 45 minutes away) to eat at one of our favorite restaurants. It was a 50’s style diner called EZ’s.

When we drove up, we observed the building was gone and replaced with a convenience store.  In shock and dismay, we drove around the block looking for it as if somebody had rearranged the neighborhood without telling us.

Frito and Bean burger on a plate

RECIPE INSPIRATION

San Antonio Beanburgers with Fritos on top were one of our favorite items on the menu at EZ’s, a restaurant based out of San Antonio.  Unfortunately, they are no longer in the DFW area.

As a result of their disappearance, I have tried to recreate a similar sandwich-a delicious hamburger topped with refried beans, Cheddar, Fritos, onions, and Picante sauce.

WHAT IS A SAN ANTONIO BEAN BURGER?

The “beanburger is an iconic San Antonio dish originally made with a beef patty that is topped with diced onions, crushed Fritos corn chips, refried beans, and Cheez Whiz (processed cheese sauce or spread).”
TasteAtlas.com

As you may have figured out, this bean burger is not a vegetarian affair. Not at all. It takes its name from the fact that refried beans are part of the many delicious toppings.

WHAT MAKES THIS SPECIALTY HAMBURGER MEMORABLE?

Thick, juicy hamburger + cheese + garlic-y refried beans + + the crunchy saltiness of the Fritos + a fresh hamburger bun = HAMBURGER ECSTASY!!

Recreating EZ’s World Famous Beanburger is one of my culinary obsessions. The interesting blend of textures and flavors make their world-famous bean burger unique and memorable. They are a treat well worth a few extra jumping jacks!

These are messy but worth it.

San Antonio Bean Burgers are a little tricky to eat. The beans on top of a thick beef patty are refried. That means they are squishy and may “drip” when you take a bite. The Fritos sprinkled on top require a fairly large mouth to get a taste of everything in one go. I don’t mind the challenge.

INGREDIENTS

Ground beef:

Yes, this burger starts with ground beef. Good quality chuck is my first choice.

Cheese:

You can go several ways. I like to add shredded cheese to the hamburger meat before making into patties. You could also try slices of cheese melted on top or a small amount of processed American cheese, like Cheez Whiz, poured over the cooked burgers. The latter would probably be your favorite if you favor gooey nachos like those sold at the ballpark.

Refried Beans:

We prefer refried pinto beans. Refried black beans are also popular.

Other toppings:

We love to add avocado slices or guacamole. In addition, some people add onions, but not me. A tomato slice or Picante sauce would be good but honestly, this sandwich is pretty thick already, so it gets even messier if you go overboard on the extras.

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    Yield: 4 servings

    San Antonio Bean Burgers Topped with Fritos

    San Antonio Bean Burgers Topped with Fritos

    Hamburgers topped with refried beans, Fritos and avocados in the same style as once served at EZ's.

    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound ground chuck
    • Salt and Pepper
    • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar or Pepper Jack
    • 1/2 cup refried beans
    • 3/4 cup Fritos chips
    • 1 avocado, sliced
    • 4 hamburger buns

    Instructions

    1. Season ground chuck with salt and pepper. Lightly mix in cheese.
    2. Form meat into 4 balls. Flatten into patties and make depression in the middle with fingers. Lay on hot grill with depression up. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Do not flatten with spatula. Turn patties and cook until done. Grill or toast hamburger buns.
    3. Place meat patty on top of bottom bun. Spread a generous tablespoon of warmed refried beans on top of burger. Sprinkle a handful of crumbled chips on top of beans. If using avocados or guacamole, place on top of beans and Fritos. Replace top bun and lightly press down to squish toppings together for easier eating.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 895Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 950mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 47g

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    Kimberly Newsome

    Thursday 19th of April 2012

    Sills bean burger has reoepned by Brian Sills next door to the Magic Time Machiene On 410 in San Antonio. Brian is the original owners grandson. DELICIOUS!!!!

    Kay

    Friday 9th of March 2012

    I loved that hamburger as well ! I have also been trying to duplicate it! The only thing you forgot was the salsa:)

    Paula

    Saturday 10th of March 2012

    Hi Kay, You know what I really miss? Their pizzas! I have tried to imitate them--without success. Thanks for writing. pr

    tasteofbeirut

    Sunday 3rd of July 2011

    I have eaten there a few times, did not notice this burger though, so I am glad you have recreated it. Sounds like a perfect cross between tex-mex and americana.

    Carolyn

    Thursday 12th of August 2010

    Chris Madrid's in San Antonio has a tostado burger that sounds a lot like this. I moved away from San Antonio but try to go to Chris Madrid's when I get back there.

    Paula

    Thursday 12th of August 2010

    We are going to the San Antonio area later this month. Will try to find a Chris Madrid's. Thanks for the tip.

    Nancy Henderson

    Saturday 12th of June 2010

    Yes, EZ's is still open in San Antonio. The original bean burger was created by a mom and pop team who owned the Sill's Snack Shack back in the 60's. The recipe calls for Cheese Whiz, Fritos, Hamburger patty, onions, refried beans and toasted buns.

    Romaine

    Sunday 20th of June 2010

    So glad to know this. We are planning a trip to SA this summer so will definitely put it on the itinerary.