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Recipe: Black Bean-Turkey Burgers

Black Bean-Turkey Burger

Black Bean-Turkey Burger

With beach season quickly approaching, I’m all about healthy recipes right now. Here’s a great, healthy recipe for Black Bean-Turkey Burgers.

This recipe sacrifices the calories, but not the flavor which is ideal when trying to eat right.


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 can black beans (drained, rinsed and lightly mashed)
  • 1/2 cup blue corn tortilla chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 TBSP Tony Chachere’s (or seasoning mix of your choice)
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup salsa

Black Bean-Turkey Burger Patties

Black Bean-Turkey Burger Patties


  1. Set oven broiler on high.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, beans, avocado, egg, tortilla chips and seasoning/spices. Mix with hands and form 6-8 equal-sized patties. Alternatively, you can mix everything by hand and use a biscuit cutter to form your patties.
  3. In an oven-safe skillet, pour in oil then place two patties in skillet. Broil for 5 minutes, flip and broil another 5 minutes. If you don’t have a broiler, this can be done on the stove burner on medium-high.
  4. Transfer the cooked patties to a paper towel-line plate to drain.
  5. Serve the burgers on a whole wheat bun and spoon salsa on top. Add cheese, lettuce and other toppings as you like.

I was able to get 8 servings out of this recipe. The burgers come out juicy and with a nice texture although they may break apart more than a typical hamburger.

Maybe more important than the healthiness of these Black Bean-Turkey Burgers is the fact they can be prepped in about 30 minutes. Also, if you have leftover patties, you can freeze them and serve them later.


Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Cookin', Entrees, Recipes


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Review: UBurger (Boston)

The Grand Slam Burger at UBurger Boston

The Grand Slam Burger at UBurger Boston

Burgers don’t seem to be a big thing in Boston, but I wanted to check the scene out anyway. After doing some research, I decided to go to local joint UBurger. Turns out I missed their fifth anniversary by a day.

Technically a chain (they have three locations – Park Street, Kenmore Square and BU West Campus), UBurger serves a variety of burgers (either pre-made or build-your-own). I ventured to the Kenmore Square location which was full of students.

Since I had already perused the menu online, I had an idea of what I was going to order. The menu is pretty extensive, but I had my mind set on a Grand Slam Burger (with bacon, cheddar cheese grilled onions, mushrooms and house sauce) and an order of onion rings. I probably should have ordered a frappe as well, but knew I was going to get dessert elsewhere so I resisted.

My order came out pretty quickly and dove in to the onion rings. Very crispy and thinner than most onion rings I’m used to, they packed quite a crunch. They were lacking a little seasoning, but overall, UBurger has some solid onion rings. The crispness held up even after they had been sitting for a while which is always a good test.

UBurger Onion Rings

UBurger Onion Rings

The burger itself was cook medium (I prefer my burgers mid-rare to medium) which was a nice change-up from most quick service burger joints that overcook the meat. The patty was seasoned really well and was really a star on a bun. The house sauce was very good, but with the way it blended with the grilled onions and mushrooms, I couldn’t quite pick up on the flavors in the sauce. The bun was a great aspect. It wasn’t too heavy or light and had a nice doughiness to it. All of the elements on this burger really worked well together so I was more than happy with my choice.

All in all, UBurger was a pleasant experience. The burger and onion rings were both solid items and I can see why the place is so popular with the local students: it’s quick and it’s cheap. My burger, onion rings and drink rang in at $10.33. Not bad for a such a solid meal.

UBurger has three location throughout Boston. Visit the UBurger website for locations and hours.

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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Eatin'


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