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Mexican Turkey Burgers

on April 7, 2014

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Best without a bun!  No, seriously.

Best without a bun! No, seriously.

I was surprised by how much I love these.  Ozzy usually eats a whole burger when I make them!  My hubs likes them, too.

I wasn’t really surprised that Ozzy likes them cause he likes pretty much everything.  However, Josh’s liking them caught me off guard… it’s typical for him to unenthusiastically ask, “What kind of meat is this?” when I make something like a burger with something other than ground beef.

Anyway, they’re tried and true here at our house.  They’ve been a staple in our dinner rotation now for a couple of years.

I like mine best without a bun and piled high with coleslaw!  (If that’s weird, I don’t want to be normal.)  Josh likes his on a bun with coleslaw and BBQ sauce. (In my opinion, that’s weirder.  Is that a word?)  Ozzy likes them the same way his daddy does. (Buncha weirdos I live with!)

Mashing the beans is a perfect "kid cook" job.  Save the rest in a container with a little piece of paper towel.

Mashing the beans is a perfect “kid cook” job.

You do only use half a can of beans though, so store the rest in the fridge with a little piece of paper towel.  Believe it or not, beans make for a great kid snack!  I fed Ozzy plain ol’ beans once he had enough practice chewing to handle them.  I’m looking forward to doing the same with Baby D!

Flavored tortilla chips really add to this.  It's no secret these are my favorite!

Flavored tortilla chips really add to this. It’s no secret that these are my favorite!

It's important to make sure they're totally cooked through and that's not always the case on the stovetop.

It’s important to make sure they’re totally cooked through and that’s not always easy on the stovetop.

If in doubt, check them with a kitchen thermometer.

I recommend checking them with a kitchen thermometer.  It should reach 165° F.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c crushed fire roasted veggie tortilla chips
  • 2 ½ t chili powder
  • 2 ½ t cumin
  • cooking spray
  • Serving options: buns, coleslaw, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, tomato, avocado, BBQ sauce…

 Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Place the beans in a bowl and mash them up a bit.
  3. Add ground turkey, chili powder, cumin, and crushed tortilla chips.
  4. Mix ingredients and form into patties – hands work best!
  5. Spray a non-stick skillet or griddle pan and cook the patties until golden brown on each side.
  6. Cover and place in the oven to keep warm and/or finish cooking through (internal temp should be 165° or higher).
  7. Serve on a bun (or not) with your choice of toppings.

 Ideas to get your kid cook involved:

  • Have him rinse, drain, and mash the beans.
  • He can crush the tortilla chips in a baggie.
  • Have him add the spices to the bowl.
  • Talk about holiday traditions and what kinds of food your family eats on different holidays. (Turkey reminded Ozzy of Thanksgiving!)
My kid cook did his own cooking while I made these this time.  He cooked up this delicious dish for his daddy.

My kid cook did his own cooking while I made these this time. He cooked up this delicious dish for his daddy.

 Notes:

  • Make black bean hummus with the left over ½ can of black beans!
  • If you don’t like black beans, substitute refried beans instead.

Modified From: Paula’s Best Dishes

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