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Southwest Turkey Patties with Beans

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Dec. 16, 2022
These turkey patties are delicious and low in calories. Skip the rice if you're looking to cut carbs. —Dot Carpenter, Washington, Pennsylvania
Southwest Turkey Patties with Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice


  1. In a large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. Add turkey; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-in.-thick oval patties.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat beans and tomatoes over medium heat, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro. Keep warm.
  3. Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-5 in. from heat until a thermometer reads 165°, 4-5 minutes per side. Serve with rice and bean mixture.

Can you freeze Southwest Turkey Patties with Beans?

Place patties on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a large resealable plastic bag; return to freezer. To use, grill or broil frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 165°.

Health tip: This recipe is a great example of how to get more veggies and boost fiber in everyday recipes. It uses less turkey per serving than usual and includes a topping of protein- and fiber-rich black beans plus tomatoes.
Test Kitchen tips
  • If you prefer minimum heat, use diced tomatoes with mild chilies.
  • The veggies add color, moisture and a hint of sweetness to the turkey patties.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 serving: 356 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 693mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat.

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