Seared Turkey and White Bean Burgers


½ cup canned small white beans (cannellini are fine too), rinsed and drained
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
½ clove garlic, minced
2 Tbs finely diced red bell pepper
3 Tbs plain dried breadcrumbs
1½ tsp worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
1 Tbs thinly sliced chives
½ lb ground turkey
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ½-inch-thick slices good country-style bread (like ciabatta), toasted

1. Combine white beans, 1 Tablespoon oil and garlic in a large bowl. Using a fork, lightly smash the beans and mix with the oil and garlic until blended. Add red pepper, breadcrumbs, worcestershire sauce, egg and chives. Mix until blended. Crumble the ground turkey and add it to the bowl, along with ½ 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.

2. Fill a medium bowl with water, moisten your hands, and shape the meat into patties about 3 inches in diameter and ¾-inches thick, dipping your hands to keep the meat from sticking to them.

3. Heat the remaining 2 Tbs. oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium- heat. Cook the burgers until the bottoms are browned, 4-5 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.

Yield: 4 small burgers

Recipe Source: Fine Cooking

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“We love Turkey Burgers in my house and this recipe was such a unique and healthy alternative. We topped them off with melted mozzarella cheese.”

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