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 Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Weight & Wellness Center, co-director of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Pediatric Lipid and Weight Management Center, director of  Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Culinary Medicine Program and an assistant professor of Pediatrics and of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth.