While doing some research for an article I may have found the Best Dang Government Turkey Black Bean Burger Recipe Ever. Heck, let’s take advantage of some well spent tax payer money!
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The Recipe Tweaks and Foil!
First – While the Turkey Black Bean recipe was awesome – it was for a huge number of servings. So, as I scaled things back I added a few flavor tweaks that were in line with healthy food choices. You’ll see in the ingredients.
Secondly – It’s just a fact of life that forming burgers made from beef is completely different from making turkey burgers! Turkey meat is sticky and forming a burger can be messy! My solution is one of my favorite grilling tips. I had an “aha” moment when grilling my first veggie burger. The things tended to crumble or fall apart. That’s something noted by grilling enthusiasts on sites across the internet. Here’s what I do now.
Mix the ingredients in a bowl, chill for a moment to firm up, and then spoon equal portions onto squares of foil coated with non-stick spray! Then gently spread the mixture into a patty using the back of a wet spoon. Simple, works, no huge mess!
My suggestion is to get your grill going, gas or charcoal, and then place the burgers, with their little foil plates, onto an upper rack – then close the lid! Grill for a few minutes and allow the burgers to form up. Then turn the burgers with the foil side up!
Peel the foil back – you may need to use your spatula, or a fork or spoon, to help along any spots that stick. Grill for a few minutes to get your perfect grill marks. Total grilling time will be about 10 minutes depending on the temperature of your grill and the thickness of your burgers.
Kent’s USDA Ground Turkey and Black Bean Burgers
Food for thought. You’ll have the urge to break the black beans up a bit. Feel free to… but be ready for some weirdness when your patties come out purple.
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon low sugar ketchup
- 2 tablespoons dried bread crumbs
- 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic, or garlic powder
- Dashes of pepper
- Dashes of chili powder
- Dashes of onion powder
- Mix evenly in a bowl
- Chill for a few minutes
- Spray squares of foil with non-stick spray
- Spoon equal portions onto the foil squares
- Smooth and form using a wet spoon
- Grill on an upper rack with the lid closed
- Turn when bottom edges brown
- When turning, move to lower rack and gently peel away the foil.
Kent Whitaker, also known as “The Deck Chef,” is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He’s also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motor-sports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.