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Seared Turkey & White Bean Burgers

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 4 small burgers

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

Nutritional Information

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


  • 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.

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


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Reviews (13 reviews)

  • jefric1 | 08/22/2021

    Good recipe!
    Does the calorie count the bun?

  • 405tulips | 11/11/2012

    This is a great turkey burger and very filling.

  • mozaika | 08/05/2011

    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 :)

  • guadalupe | 05/11/2011

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

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