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Black Bean and Turkey Burgers

2010 August 5

I’m cooking for a new omnivore.  Perhaps he is the original omnivore.  He’s called the Papavore.  I’m living with my dad.  Get it?  I thought it was funny, too.

So, basically, I’m starting from scratch.  More reforming of eating habits.  More introduction of brannified foods.  In a nutshell, it’s like potty training a toddler all over again.  Just when you think you’ve got it down, hell freezes over.

In truth, the Papavore enjoys my cooking as much as the Omnivore misses it.  But the Papavore has different tastes and preferences than I’m used to.  For one, he doesn’t like black beans.  At least, that’s what he told me.  He also told me he didn’t care for sweet potatoes.

Naturally, the first evening I made dinner for him, I whipped up sweet potato and black bean burritos.  This allowed us to establish a couple of things:

  1. I cook.  You eat.
  2. You actually do like black beans and sweet potatoes.
  3. You do the dishes.

Well, the last point has nothing to do with the black bean recipes, but it was important to get the introductory stuff out of the way.

This evening I made a fantastic recipe that included black beans also.  It also included ground turkey, so he couldn’t rightfully declare he wasn’t eating the beans since they were so intertwined with the meat.  These chili spiced black bean and turkey burgers absolutely could not be beat for dinner.

The guacamole sauce on top was excellent and using the Papavore’s homegrown tomatoes just made the entire burger a home run.  Make this recipe for bean lovers and haters alike.  They won’t be disappointed.

One Year Ago: Burrito Baskets

Black Bean Turkey Burgers (4 patties)
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
3/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 egg, beaten
1 scallion, sliced
1 tsp cumin
1/2 t salt
1 T chili powder
2 dashes hot sauce

Mash black beans with a fork and incorporate with beaten egg.  Add sliced scallions, cumin, salt, chili powder, and hot sauce.  Combine.  Fold in ground turkey and mix until combined, but do not over mix.  Form 4 patties.

Preheat broiler.  Cook burgers 6-7 minutes on each side until cooked through and lightly browned.  You may cook burgers on a rack or on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Per patty
Calories 222.4
Total Fat 9.4 g
Cholesterol 133.1 mg
Potassium 140.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.1 g
Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
Protein 26.5 g

Guacamole Sauce (4 servings)
1 avocado
1 scallion, sliced
1 T freshly squeezed lime juice
2 T salsa

Mash avocado with a fork and incorporate lime juice.  Fold in scallions and salsa.

Per serving
Calories 75.7
Total Fat 6.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 38.8 mg
Potassium 246.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4.5 g
Protein 1.0 g