SAMFA – Beef, Bean & Mushroom Sliders with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Makes ± 12-15 sliders, depending on size



  • 1 x 400g tin black beans, rinsed, drained and lightly mashed
  • 250g portabellini mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 500g beef mince
  • 50g panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped


Homemade tomato sauce:

  • 1 x 400g tin tomato purée
  • 40g brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½  tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp celery salt


To serve:

  • 12-15 white slider buns / mini burger buns
  • (Many bakeries also call these cocktail buns)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced red onion
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • Salt and pepper, to taste



To make the tomato sauce:

  • Place all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir gently until everything comes to a light simmer.
  • Cover and reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes for the flavours to develop.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning.
  • Cool.


For the patties:

  • Preheat a braai to medium high heat.
  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook until golden brown.
  • Add the onion and a pinch of salt.
  • Cook until tender, golden and lightly caramelised.
  • Place in a large bowl.
  • To the bowl add the black beans, beef, breadcrumbs and parsley.
  • Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Mix thoroughly until very well combined.
  • Shape mixture into patties.
  • It is a good idea to check the size of your slider buns and make your patties are just larger than the buns as they will shrink during cooking.
  • Brush patties all over with olive oil and braai until golden brown on both sides.
  • You can also bake them in the oven or cook them on the stovetop.
  • Allow the patties to rest.
  • Build sliders with your favourite burger toppings.
  • Add a generous dollop of homemade tomato sauce to each slider and enjoy!


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