Chili-Spiced Turkey-Bean Burgers with Guacamole

Try this recipe for a spicy, zesty turkey-bean burger with plenty of kick.

August 2, 2012

Serves: 4
Prep:  20 min
Cook: 20 min
Total: 40 min




  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet white onion
  • 1 tablespoon salsa
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Salt


  • 2/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey breast
  • 4 small whole-grain hamburger buns, split
  • 4 slices tomato


1. To make the guacamole: In a small bowl, mash the avocado with a fork until fairly smooth. Mix in the onion, salsa, lime juice, and salt. Cover tightly and set aside.

2. To make the burgers: Preheat the broiler. Coat the broiler-pan rack with olive oil cooking spray.

3. In a medium bowl, mash the beans to a chunky texture. Stir in the egg, chili powder, cumin, and salt until well blended. Add the ground turkey and mix first with a spoon, then gently with your hands, until well blended (mix lightly so burgers don’t get tough). With moistened hands, shape mixture into 4 equal-sized patties. Place on the prepared broiler-pan rack.

4. Broil the patties 4 to 6 inches from the heat for 6 to 7 minutes per side, until lightly browned, firm, and cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Place the buns on the broiler pan and toast.

5. Place toasted buns on 4 plates. On the bun bottom, place a tomato slice and a burger. Spoon 2 tablespoons guacamole over each, cover with the bun top, and serve.

Nutritional Facts per serving:
Calories: 386.2
Fat: 13 g
Saturated fat: 1.9 g
Cholesterol: 97.9 mg
Sodium: 830.9 mg
Carbohydrates: 37 g
Total sugars: 5.7 g
Dietary fiber: 10.6 g
Protein: 37.5 g

Courtesy of the Rodale Healthy Recipe Finder.

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