National Hamburger Month: How to Make a Tastier Turkey Burger

Amy Jo Jones

Flickr photo by yogma
Carnivores everywhere rejoice! May is National Hamburger Month!

Burgers are a staple of the American diet and most of the time they get a bad rap -- mostly because of all the extra calories that come from the bun and all the toppings.

But you can make a burger that tastes great and is much better for you than what you pick up in a drive-through.

For instance, check out my recipe for a tasty (and easy) Tex-Mex Turkey Burger:

Tex Mex Turkey Burger


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 to 3 scallions, diced
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Combine all of the ingredients listed above, adding salt and pepper to taste. Divide into four quarters and mold into patties.
  • Grill or pan fry to desired doneness. (A burger cooked to "medium" registers at 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.)

I like the Tex Mex Turkey Burger served best on a whole wheat bun with a slice of cheddar cheese, tomato, and a spoonful of guacamole, but you could do anything with it! You could swap out the cheddar for some pepper jack or add some fried onions if you like. (You could even try fruit!)

What's your favorite burger topping?

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