Hi! I created this recipe for my Fiance' and I to get more protein and it's become his favorite! Enjoy!
Makes 4 large or 6 medium patties
1 lbs lean ground turkey 1/2-1 can beans (I've used garbanzo, butter beans or lentils) 1/2- 3/4 cup onion chopped (depending on how much you like onion) 2 tbps minced garlic 1/4 cup whole oats (undetectable~ added for consistency & nutrition.) 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (omit of not a fan) 4-6 Tbsp Frank's Cayenne Hot sauce Olive oil
Pour olive oil in medium-large sauté pan (count of 4) over medium-high heat.
Add garlic and chopped onion~ sauté about 2-3 minutes or until slightly browned. Set aside to cool.
Drain beans but keep juice in separate container and do not discard. Separate beans 50/50 (sometimes I refrigerate 1/2 for later use in above salad.) Smash 1/2 of the beans with fork until they are broken up and slightly mushy.
In large bowl, combine ground turkey, smashed beans, cilantro, whole oats & hot sauce (Frank's isn't too spicy, so taste it on your finger 1st and then gauge how much you're going to use... remember that the consistency of the burgers will make the hot sauce a bit milder than you'd think.)
Once garlic and onions are cool, add them to turkey mixture and replace pan on burner, (There should still be some olive oil left in the pan~ if not... add a titch more.)
Mold mixture into "burger" patties. If mixture isn't molding well or is too chunky, add reserved bean liquid 1Tbsp at a time until you get the consistency that you'd like.
Place patties in stovetop pan, covered, and cook about 3-5 minutes each side. I usually flip them about every 2 minutes and check the insides after 8.
When patties are ready, I usually add them to a simple salad of spinach leaves or we eat them with steamed veggies...
I've never needed to eat them with a bun, but if you'd like to, I'd suggest whole wheat or whole grain.
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