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Seared Turkey & White Bean Burgers

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Yields 4 small burgers

  • by Abigail Johnson Dodge from Fine Cooking
    Issue 58

A little ground turkey goes a long way with these quick, flavorful burgers. They're great topped with slices of tomato, red onion, and tangy honey mustard. 

  • 1/2 cup canned small white beans (cannellini are also fine), rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. finely diced red bell pepper
  • 3 Tbs. plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs. thinly sliced chives
  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices (1/2 inch thick) good country bread (like ciabatta), toasted

Combine the white beans, 1 Tbs. of the olive oil, and the garlic in a large bowl. Using a fork, lightly smash the beans and mix with the oil and garlic until blended. Add the red pepper, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, egg, and chives. Mix until blended. Crumble the ground turkey and add it to the bowl, along with 1/2 tsp. salt and a generous sprinkling of pepper. Gently mix with a fork or your hands until just blended; don’t overmix or the burgers will be tough. Fill a medium bowl with water, moisten your hands, and shape the meat into four patties about 3 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick.

Heat the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the burgers until the bottoms are browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the burgers and continue cooking until they’re firm to the touch and register 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, another 5 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately on the toasted bread.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with a side of Green Beans with Mustard-Tarragon Vinaigrette.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 380; Fat (g): 18; Fat Calories (kcal): 160; Saturated Fat (g): 4; Protein (g): 18; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10; Carbohydrates (g): 38; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): 910; Cholesterol (mg): 100; Fiber (g): 5;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is a great turkey burger and very filling.

Best turkey burger EVER! Loved the flavor combinations of white beans and bell pepper. Simply combined onion, beans, bread crumbs and bell pepper in a food processor and turned to almost paste (my picky kid cannot see anything suspicious in his burger). I even made the recommended side dish and loved it too (next day green beans tasted even better)! Highly recommend to anybody who is looking for new ways to use ground turkey. Excellent, light and very delicious summer burger. A definite winner for me :)

Made according to the recipe, but our family felt it was too bland.

Tasty burger! Will certainly make this again! Like other reviewers, I added extra garlic. I also used cooked white beans that were part of a soup from the day before, so that might have also added a little extra flavor.

Tasty burger! Will certainly make this again!

Wonderful, light, easy supper. The burgers have great flavor - just be careful not to overcook. Next time I'll try them on the grill.

Made these according to the recipe and they were good although next time I think I will increase the garlic as I would like a bit more punch for folks who don't want the raw onion (or in this family, the tomato!). Another substitution for the bread crumbs is to use an equal amount of wheat bran.

This is a great recipe, tried making them today for the first time on the bbque, turned out great!!! I also added some grated zuchinni for some extra veggies... yum!

Tried tonight for the first time, and we all are fans. Will definitely make this again. I did the recipe exactly (except for a little extra garlic) but will surely try alternatives (onions, e.g.) later.

Excellent way of sneaking beans into a meal. After we finished eating I asked my husband and son if they realised they just ate beans and they had no idea. Though my son said: "Yeah, I've noticed these raisins" I used red kidney beans as I din't have any white ones on hand but I think any beans that can be mashed would go just fine.

Wow! Made these tonight with a few changes using things I had on hand. Didn't have a red bell pepper, but did have leftover steamed brocolli. Chopped it up and it worked just fine. Also, I used ground up Fiber One cereal (instead of breadcrumbs) basically because this were in the front of my pantry and the breadcrumbs were in the back of my freezer! The patties were a bit loose, so next time I will either up the Fiber One amount or dig for the breadcrumbs. These were delish! I cooked them in a cast iron pan and didn't fuss with them too much due to their loose statis. The kids loved them and so did I. BTW, using ground up Fiber One (ala HungryGirl) is a great substitute for breadcrumbs. WW folks will appreciate the low points.

These are a family favorite. I make them regularly and they are fast, easy and taste great.

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