Black Bean and Turkey Burgers

Black bean turkey burgers

Servings: 6
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 1 pound (93% lean) ground turkey
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper or red pepper flakes to taste


  • Finely dice the onion
  • Gently combine the turkey, onion, beans and spices
  • Form into 6 burgers
  • Grill or sauté until done, about 10 minutes
  • Serve with whole wheat pita or flatbread and cilantro tzatziki (below)

Cilantro Tzatziki

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 small cucumber, grated
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper

When you think burger, consider adding plant-based foods for a healthy burger that is easy on the budget and on the planet! Get your family involved and invent your own mix of protein, vegetables, grains and seasoning for a healthy twist on this classic.

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Auden McClureAuden McClure, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician, chef, interim section chief of the Weight & Wellness Center, co-director of the Pediatric Lipid and Weight Management Clinic, director of Dartmouth Health's Culinary Medicine Program and an assistant professor of Pediatrics and of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth.