Turkey Bean Burgers Recipe
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Turkey Bean Burgers Recipe

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Packed with veggies, beans, turkey and loads of flavor, these moist burgers are anything but boring. What an easy meal for a busy weekday! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 4 romaine leaves

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 384 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 555mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. In a small bowl coarsely mash beans. Add the egg white, zucchini, red pepper, chili powder, onion powder, pepper and salt. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
  2. In a large skillet, cook burgers in oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear. Serve on buns with onion and lettuce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Turkey Bean Burgers in Simple & Delicious May 2010, p11

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Junepearl22 User ID: 7729644 146841
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

""Best tasting homemade turkey burger. This is the only way my family and I will eat turkey burgers. The burgers keep their shape, they're juicy, and flavorful. I added my own seasoning plus the chilli powder."

EvansD User ID: 6695551 105494
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"Wonderful alternative to ground beef burgers. Was afraid the burgers wouldn't hold together -- but they did just fine. The men in the house didn't even miss the beef!! (I used shredded carrot instead of the zucchini because that's what I had on hand.)"

az_jill User ID: 5181702 121293
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"We really enjoyed this burger. It's been a long time since I've tried ground turkey, as I haven't been a big fan of it, but am so glad I did. I did use corn in place of the red pepper and loved it in there, fresh off the cob. We also skipped the bun and didn't miss it a bit. Thanks TOH kitchen!"

cooking2please User ID: 6925230 191164
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

"I will need to make this again as the burgers did not hold together well! So.... What did I do wrong? Used grass feed beef and whole egg were my only changes!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 105491
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"These were really good turkey burgers. I was worried they weren't going to hold together but they did and even my 8 year old ate them! I got 6 burgers instead of 4."

cougstamper User ID: 5668894 176678
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2014

"Used a 1 lb package of ground turkey. These were good but could have used a bit more seasoning. Also, the mixture is quite soft, so we found that making the patties early and chilling in the fridge or freezer helped firm them for cooking on the grill."

bnksgram User ID: 2235411 108041
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"I love all the ingredients in this recipe and I just mixed up a batch, and they smell wonderful (not cooked yet). I am wondering if they can be frozen either before cooking or after? Would like to have this on hand for future meals since I have the mess going and lots of ground turkey to deal with today."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 187252
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"Hi Peyton612 - Yes the nutritional information includes the buns! :) Community Manager - Taste of Home."

Peyton612 User ID: 7845844 176676
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"The nutrional information does that include the bun ?"

geneenb User ID: 3493943 176675
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"Could you believe that grass fed beef at safeway was $2 cheaper than ground turkey?? This was great with the beef but I got organic and grass fed. Yummy!!!"

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