Turkey Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole Cream

Posted on by on August 15th, 2012 | 27 Comments »

Whoops. Looks like my big plans to be cooking all summer for my family and friends while visiting the States for 7 weeks has been completely squashed by large delicious seafood dinners on the water, meals with old friends and long days shopping for baby, that leave me way too tired to start cooking dinner.

I promise I haven’t deliberately neglected the blog or forgotten about my favorite food blogs out there. I have no excuse other than I would just rather dig into some really awesome Mexican food, visit my favorite sushi spot, grab a quick bite at the diner I grew up going to or sit with a large platter of fresh grilled lobster, crab legs, shrimp and mussels starring me in the face, then anything else really.  Monday nights at the local seafood joint is all you can eat crab legs. Yep, if you can’t find me, now you know where I’m hiding out. Hey, I live in the desert. In Israel. I haven’t had lobster or crab legs in 2 years and I have been making up for it. Big time.

As much as I’m enjoying all the tastes of New York that I have been away from, I’m slowing down and missing the feeling of a good home cooked meal and luckily, I haven’t missed grill season completely. I have been having many, many lunches comprised of burgers and cheese fries. What? Baby needs the iron and um, cheese fries, what can say? Black bean turkey burgers are a healthy and delicious alternative to all those traditional hamburgers we scarf down in these hot summer months.

 These burgers are a change from your usual BBQ staple. Made with ground turkey and black beans with kick from chipotles in adobe and sweetness from one of summers favorite fruits, mango, these burgers are sure to be a huge hit at your next backyard get together. I topped them off with a creamy avocado spread, crunchy cabbage and some sliced mango. Serve with crispy sweet potato fries and you have a new end of summer favorite.

Turkey Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole Cream
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Beth Ebin
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 6
A change from your typical summer BBQ staple, these turkey black bean burgers are sure to become a new favorite.
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 chili in adobe
  • 1 mango, divided
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup shredder sharp cheddar
  • juice 1/2 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • juice 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 chili in adobe
  • Shredded cabbage for serving
  • Hamburger buns
  1. In a food processor combine 1/4 of the black beans, onion, garlic and chili in adobe and process until smooth.
  2. Add remaining black beans, 1/2 mango and cilantro and pulse until just combined. (Leave some black beans whole or in chunks)
  3. Transfer black bean mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the ground turkey, cheese, juice of 1/2 lime and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix together throughly until well combined and divide mixture into 6 burger patties.
  5. To make guacamole cream, combine avocado, sour cream, juice of 1/2 lime and 1/2 chili in adobe in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Keep chilled.
  6. Heat a well oiled grill and grill burger patties for 7-10 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  7. Serve on toasted hamburger buns topped with guacamole cream, shredded cabbage and sliced mango.


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  1. Posted on: 8-15-2012

    What can be better than bean burgers and beer? Okay fries too. It looks SO good!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thanks Maureen! I can’t think of anything better then a good burger and fries!

  2. Posted on: 8-15-2012

    Mmm I love all the ingredients and the mango on top is just brilliant!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Eden has the sweetest mangos. EVER!

  3. Posted on: 8-16-2012

    Those burgers and fries look way too delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thanks! They were pretty amazing 🙂

  4. Posted on: 8-16-2012

    Welcome back!! I can’t blame you for gobbling up all your favorite culinary delights while you were home. That is always a treat. I am glad you had a wonderful time.
    Six weeks left, eh? That is so exciting!! I have about double that until I meet this little girl. She doesn’t crave cheese fries though, she craves brownies and ice cream and…well anything sweet! 🙂 I hope you are feeling well and getting around ok.
    I love the idea of these burgers! Why have I never thought to combine turkey burgers with beans? What a great nutritional boost! I am going to make these before grill season is done.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thank you Maggie!! I cant believe she is due in only 6 weeks!! The pregnancy is going SO fast I cant even believe it. Im feeling great and hope you are feeling well too and enjoying all those yummy sweets your little one is craving 🙂

  5. Posted on: 8-17-2012

    So good to see you back!!! But it sounds like you had an amazing summer… Now on to these amazing burgers! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a unique, yet delicious and tempting burger. Just my style!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thanks Liz!! It was a great summer back in NY, but its so nice to be back home and back into my normal routine! That is until baby comes!

  6. Posted on: 8-17-2012

    I can totally forgive you for being MIA because, let’s be honest, life happens. I’ve been having trouble keeping up with my favorite blogs too because life has been crazy lately. I’m glad to see you’re back though. These burgers look fantastic, especially that guacamole cream. I could eat that alone!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thanks Colleen! Life does get in the way of blogging sometimes! But, it is good to be back in the kitchen and cooking once again.

  7. Posted on: 8-17-2012

    On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday – and I love this post so I’m featuring it as part of today’s roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks so much for inspiring me…

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thank you so much!! Glad you enjoy the recipe enough to feature it!

  8. Posted on: 8-19-2012

    Really like the originality of this recipe using ground turkey meat and black beans. It’s great to have an alternative to the hamburger which is just as tasty!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thanks Jacqueline! The turkey and black bean combo is a perfect match.

  9. Posted on: 8-20-2012

    What an amazing looking burger! Great photos too! I have never made a burger like this before, but will give it a try soon!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thanks so much!! These are super easy to make and so delicious. You should definitely try them!

  10. Posted on: 8-20-2012

    So good to see you back in action! Looks like you had a fantastic summer! These burgers look fantastic and so well paired with guacamole cream. 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thank you! It was a great summer visiting with my family and friends, but it is so nice being back home!

  11. Posted on: 8-20-2012

    Beth, wonderful to see that you are safe and sound…I must admit I was a bit worried (hope you do not mind my saying that)! Hopefully you had some time to relax while visiting with your family and friends in the States.

    Having said that, your Turkey Black Bean Burger sound and look just utterly delicious – nice to have a burger recipe “with a healthy twist” and I always love the taste of avocados with turkey!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2012

      Thanks Andrea! I did have plans to cook this summer and blog, but it just didnt happen!!! Its great being back now and getting back into the swing of things!

  12. Posted on: 8-21-2012

    Beth, don’t worry sometimes life can’t go as you predict, but the greatest part is that you are enjoying your time back in the states! You really should because you know the time won’t last long… I always worried when my day of leaving Japan starts to get closer. So many things to do and so many food I haven’t eaten… quite panic. So enjoy while it last! Now these burgers look awesome! Mango, guacamole… nice burgers!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-23-2012

      It’s so true! The time flew by. Before I knew it I was back on the plane to Israel. It was such a great summer home though. I enjoyed being back so much.

  13. Posted on: 8-21-2012

    I don’t blame you at all. I’ve been eating out a lot this summer too! But these burgers look just too good. I love the black bean and turkey combo. Thank you for sharing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-23-2012

      Thanks Monet!! I think most of us eat out a lot in the summer. Now that Im back home Im looking forward to cooking again and eating a more balanced diet at home. Though, it is a bit tough getting back into the swing of things!

  14. Posted on: 8-29-2012

    Your burgers look amazing! I wish I had one for breakfast right now. It sounds like you had a marvelous visit in New York and ate very well! 🙂

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