Bean and Fritos Burgers 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 black beans, Cheddar, Fritos, onions and picante sauce.
You drive with anticipation to your favorite restaurant 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.
Recreating EZ’s World Famous Bean Burger 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.
These famous hamburgers are a little tricky to eat. The beans are refried which 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.
Add it all up:
Thick, juicy burger + cheese + garlic-y refried beans + + the crunchy saltiness of the Fritos + a fresh hamburger bun = HAMBURGER ECSTASY!!
A note about the 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 poured over the cooked burgers. The latter would probably be your favorite if you favor gooey nachos like those sold at the ballpark.
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.
- 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
- Season ground chuck with salt and pepper. Lightly mix in cheese.
- 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.
- 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: 895 Total Fat: 53g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 30g Cholesterol: 128mg Sodium: 950mg Carbohydrates: 58g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 4g Protein: 47g
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