Monday, May 3, 2010

Taco Burgers with Black Bean Salsa

I found this recipe in Hannaford's May/June issue of Fresh. My husband has lost an amazing 34 pounds on the Atkins diet. He is in phase 4 of that diet, which he & his doctor chose to control his cholesteral. He'd like to lose another 25 pounds and choosing recipes like this one is one way I can show my support.

I found 4 packages of Shady Brook Farm ground turkey marked down @ Hannaford, $2.79 each. I put 3 in the freezer for later use and decided to try my hand with this new recipe.

Taco Burgers

  • 1 cup reduced sodium canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup medium salsa
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice (1/4 of a lime)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 thinly sliced scallions, divided
  • 1 (20.8 oz.) pkg. 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices of tomatoes
  • 4 whole wheat bulkie rolls, split (I really like the density of Rudi's!)

Taco Burgers

1.) Preheat grill to medium high.

2.) In a medium bowl, mash 1/2 cup of the beans using the back of a spoon or fork. Stir in salsa, lime juice, remaining 1/2 cup beans, and 1 Tbsp. each of the cilantro and scallions. Stir to combine.

Taco Burgers

This is what it looks like. Basically a black bean salsa. (Yum!)

3.) In a larger bowl, combine the turkey with the remaining cilantro, scallions, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cheese, and pepper.

Taco Burgers

Mix until evenly blended. Form into 4 patties (about 4 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick).

Taco Burgers

4.) Brush hot grill with vegetable oil. Place burgers on the grill and cook undisturbed for 6 to 7 minutes until well marked. Spray the tops of the burgers with cooking spray and flip. Cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes until cooked through.

5.) Assemble burgers. Place a lettuce leaf on the bottom of each roll. Top with a tomato slice, a burger patty, a generous 2 Tbsp. of the bean mixture, and then the top half of the roll.

Taco Burgers

I chose to serve these with Alexia Sweet Potato Fries, and for us adults a Corona with lime. These burgers are huge! They are VERY filling and VERY delicious! We decided as a family that this recipe is a "keeper".



  1. That looks fantastic! :) love the addition of black beans and lime...I am going to try these this week!

  2. Holy Yum! That looks sooooo good!

  3. Over on my blog I'm making beans and rice every day this year...this is a recipe I definitely want to try! It looks awesome.



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