Tex Mex Burgers

  • 10MINS
  • 10MINS
  • 190KCAL

If you love your burger with a kick, then these slimming friendly Tex Mex Burgers will be right up your street – perfect if you're calorie counting or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories190
  • Carbs4g
  • Protein27g
  • Fat7g
  • Saturates3g
  • Sugars1g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

If you love your burger with a kick, then these slimming friendly Tex Mex Burgers will be right up your street – perfect if you’re calorie counting or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

These spicy Tex Mex Burgers are great served in a wholemeal roll. You can serve them with some of our other delicious Mexican side dishes – Mexican Potatoes, or even Dirty Fries. They work really well with some slices of pepper and rocket, and look so colourful!

These Tex Mex Burgers were dreamed up by one of our fab Facebook Group moderators, Teresa!

We also recommend trying these Tex Mex Burgers on a barbecue. 

What diets are these Tex Mex Burgers suitable for?

This Tex Mex Burgers recipe is suitable for dairy free and gluten free diets.

It can be made vegetarian and vegan as long as you swap out the following ingredients for vegetarian/vegan versions:

  • Lean 5% Beef Mince

Please make sure to double and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Tex Mex Burgers recipe?

  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Tex Mex Burgers recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Tex Mex Burgers recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Tex Mex Burgers recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Tex Mex Burgers?

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We’ve used chipotle flakes in this recipe, which adds an amazing smokiness to the burgers – but they also do a whole heap of others, such as birdseye (watch out, these will set your mouth on fire!) and habanero.

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We’ve used Chipotle Chilli Flakesin this Tex Mex Burgers recipe. You can pick these up from Asda, or online from Amazon! They really have the most incredible flavour!

You will, however, need to make sure you’ve got a really decent Non-Stick Frying Pan to cook them in like this one from Amazon!

You could use a Burger Press press to make these Tex Mex Burgers – it’s great if you want to make them and freeze before cooking!

How many calories are in these Tex Mex Burgers?

There are 190 calories per portion in these Tex Mex Burgers, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category. 

These Tex Mex Burgers are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Chop the onion finely and add to a large bowl.

Step 2

Add all of the spices, salt, herbs and fresh chilli to the bowl and mix with the onions.

Step 3

Add the minced beef and mix well. Make sure you squeeze the mince up with your hands as this will improve the texture of your burger. Continue to do this for a few minutes.

Step 4

Heat a large frying pan on a medium heat. Split the burger mix into 4 equal pieces and shape as desired. The depth of your burger will alter the cooking time!

Step 5

Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place the burgers in to cook. Don’t turn the heat too high or the outside will burn before the burgers are cooked.

Step 6

Turn the burgers after around 4-5 minutes and cook for a further 4-5 minutes on the second side. Don’t try to turn the burgers too soon or they may fall apart. The burgers should be well browned and cooked through without having dried out. Serve with your choice of accompaniment!

What could I serve with these Tex Mex Burgers? 

These Tex Mex Burgers are fantastic when served alongside any of the following dishes:

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How do you know when these Tex Mex Burgers are cooked?

The burgers should be well browned and cooked through without having dried out.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep these Tex Mex Burgers in the fridge?

Once you’ve put this dish out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Tex Mex Burgers in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Tex Mex Burgers?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Tex Mex Burgers?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Tex Mex Burgers

If you love your burger with a kick, then these slimming friendly Tex Mex Burgers will be right up your street - perfect if you're calorie counting or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 190
  • Carbs 4G
WW Points
  • 3 Green
  • 3 Blue
  • 3 Purple

Ingredients

  • 500 grams lean 5% beef mince
  • 1 small onion
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 whole fresh chilli very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli powder mild or hot, depending on your taste
  • 1 tsp chipotle chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Chop the onion finely and add to a large bowl.
  2. Add all of the spices, salt, herbs and fresh chilli to the bowl and mix with the onions.
  3. Add the minced beef and mix well. Make sure you squeeze the mince up with your hands as this will improve the texture of your burger. Continue to do this for a few minutes.
  4. Heat a large frying pan on a medium heat. Split the burger mix into 4 equal pieces and shape as desired. The depth of your burger will alter the cooking time!
  5. Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place the burgers in to cook. Don't turn the heat too high or the outside will burn before the burgers are cooked.
  6. Turn the burgers after around 4-5 minutes and cook for a further 4-5 minutes on the second side. Don't try to turn the burgers too soon or they may fall apart. The burgers should be well browned and cooked through without having dried out. Serve with your choice of accompaniment!

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LouisaWednesday 1st July 2020

do you have to put in the chipotle flakes in this recipe as they didn’t have any at the supermarket where I go to

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    HollyWednesday 1st July 2020

    Hi Louisa, you could add some chilli powder instead if you have any but the Tex Mex Burgers would work okay without the chipotle flakes. Hope that helps!

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CherylWednesday 31st July 2019

Hi I was wondering if i could make these with 5% fat lean pork mince thanks.

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    Emma TWednesday 25th September 2019

    Hi Cheryl,

    Yes, I’m sure this would be tasty! ????

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JosieSunday 14th April 2019

Just made these burgers and I can honestly say they are the best burgers I have ever made. I made extra so I could take for lunch and I can’t wait to eat another one tomorrow. I am loving the weight loss since finding your recipes and it actually makes me stick to it. I am just about to buy your cook book 🙂

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    Emma TSunday 14th April 2019

    Ahhhhh that’s fab, Josie! So glad you enjoyed them! ????

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Darren BarfordWednesday 13th February 2019

These are incredible I’ve just finished one for dinner along with wedges and I made a tomato and chili dip using quark chilli but of lemon juice and some purée.

The burgers are fantastic I chargrilled my peppers and tomatoes before putting them in the burger deeee lish

Thanks

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JordenSunday 13th January 2019

These burger deserve more comments, made them last night for me and the other half and I think they have been the second best burgers I have made (second to PON KFC fake away burgers) I couldn’t find the Chipotle Chilli Flakes at Asda as I think they sold out so gave the Habanero ones a go and with a bit of sauce and cheese they didn’t seem overly spicy as apposed to flavourful.
I wanted to make a few more burgers as i tend to like to freeze some for a rainy day and when i cba cooking and i input in the site to serve for 8 and i actually came out with 10 burgers with the burger press i use.
Safe to say ill be making them again, kep up the good work PON!!

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Charlotte BarkerWednesday 7th November 2018

Can’t believe I am the first to comment on these. These burgers are so delicious. They knock all other home made burgers out of the competition for flavour. Just about to make them tonight after previously only having them on the bbq in the summer. Need a little spice on a cold evening. Real deep flavours due to the chipotle spices. Cool on a low heat for longer to ensure they cook all the way through. I under cooked some once and they were cold in the middle. Not good.

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