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Southwest Turkey Burger with Pinto Bean Salad



  • Serves 4
  • Cooks in 30 mins (15m prep + 15m cook)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Tastes: Bitter Salty Sour Sweet Umami
  • Estimated nutrition per serving

leftover mashed potatoes and turkey | Hamburger, pinto beans

local_grocery_store Ingredients

restaurant_menu Method

  1. 1.In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to incorporate the spices into the meat.
  2. 2.Divide the turkey mixture into 4 equal portions and shape them into patties.
  3. 3.Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Cook the turkey burgers for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  4. 4.While the burgers are cooking, prepare the pinto bean salad. In a separate bowl, combine the drained and rinsed pinto beans, canned corn, diced red bell pepper, and chopped cilantro.
  5. 5.In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper to make the dressing for the salad.
  6. 6.Pour the dressing over the pinto bean salad and toss to coat everything evenly.
  7. 7.Once the burgers are cooked, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
  8. 8.To assemble the burgers, spread a dollop of chipotle mayo on the bottom half of each toasted bun. Top with a turkey patty, a slice of cheddar cheese, avocado slices, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Finish with the top half of the bun.
  9. 9.Serve the Southwest Turkey Burgers with a side of the refreshing Pinto Bean Salad.
  10. 10.Enjoy the explosion of flavors in every bite!

lightbulb_outline Tips

  • chevron_rightIf you prefer a spicier burger, add some chopped jalapeƱos or a dash of hot sauce to the turkey mixture.
  • chevron_rightFeel free to customize your toppings based on your preferences. You can add guacamole, pickles, or even crispy bacon to take it to the next level.
  • chevron_rightFor a lighter option, you can serve the turkey patties on lettuce wraps instead of burger buns.
  • chevron_rightIf you don't have pinto beans, you can substitute them with black beans or kidney beans in the salad.
  • chevron_rightMake sure to let the turkey burgers rest after cooking to allow the juices to redistribute and ensure a juicy bite.
  • chevron_rightServe the pinto bean salad chilled or at room temperature for a refreshing contrast to the warm turkey burgers.