A Pantry-Friendly Recipe Kids Can Cook and Everyone Will Love

This week, we are featuring a guest blog from ChopChop Family.

As followers of Kids Cook Monday know, cooking is one of the best activities that bring everyone together while boosting confidence and health. Not only that, but it also teaches math, science, social studies, and other subjects at the same time. 

At ChopChop Family this is what we are all about: teaching people of all ages and backgrounds how to cook and eat real food together. One way we do this is through our magazine, ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families. We believe cooking is for everyone and that it’s one of the best ways to create memories with the ones you love. This is why we’re excited to be joining Kids Cook Monday as partners on a similar mission: to help kids and families learn to cook! Thank you, Kids Cook Monday, for giving us the opportunity to write this guest blog post.

Today we’re sharing some of our most popular pantry-friendly recipes to help you through this time when most people are spending a lot more time cooking at home with what they already have. We guarantee that kids will have a blast and learn a lot while making it and that everyone will love eating it! 

Beanie Burger

Hand-On Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes | Makes 4 Servings

Kitchen Gear

Cutting board

Sharp knife (adult needed)

Can opener

Mixing bowl


Measuring cups



1 unit 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed with cold water

1 unit large egg

1⁄2 cup leftover/cooked rice, barley, or panko bread crumbs

2 unit scallions, minced

2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or basil leaves, or a combination, rinsed with cold water

1 clove garlic, minced

1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin, or more to taste

1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano or basil

1 teaspoon olive oil

1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt

1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper, if you like


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put the black beans in a bowl and using a fork, mash until chunky.
  2. Crack the egg into a separate large mixing bowl and, using a fork, mix until the color is all the same.
  3. Add the chunky black beans, then add the rice, barley or bread crumbs, scallions, cilantro or basil leaves, garlic, cumin, oregano or basil, and olive oil and mix until well combined.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 portions and form each into a patty about 3/4-1 inch thick. Sprinkle the patties with salt and, if using, pepper.
  5. Put a skillet on the stove and turn the heat to high. Wait two minutes for the pan to get hot and then add the patties to the dry pan. Cook until browned on both sides and heated throughout, 4-5 minutes on each side. You can serve them alone or on buns like the meat burgers. Add lettuce, tomato, and any other toppings.

Looking for other recipes kids can make? Check out our special curated list of pantry-friendly recipes to make more meals that everyone in the family can enjoy. And subscribe to our new ChopChop Kids Club newsletter to get special at-home recipes and activities delivered straight to your inbox once a week (Check out past newsletters here).

About ChopChop Magazine

Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, is a quarterly food magazine for kids. The magazine was named Publication of the Year by the culinary industry’s James Beard Foundation and is the only nonprofit publication to win the award. It is also the recipient of a prestigious gold award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys. 

To learn more about ChopChop Family’s mission and their other publications and products, visit ChopChopFamily.org. Support the organization by subscribing to ChopChop Magazine or by donating to its cause.

Get more fun cooking ideas for kids and families, by following ChopChop Family on Twitter at @ChopChopMag, on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChopChopMagazine, on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/ChopChopMag, on LinkedIn, or on Instagram at @ChopChopKids.