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Ultimate Turkey & Black Bean Burgers

Even though my husband is a huge fan of beef burgers, this is one recipe I can slide past his meat-eating sensibilities.  It’s moist and flavorful, the perfect burger for a man, but gentle enough for a lady.  These turkey burgers (would you guess?!) have just a teensy bit of turkey and a whole load of cremini mushrooms hidden inside.  They are hands down the best burgers I’ve ever had.  Grill ‘em, cook ‘em in a skillet, top them with your favorite burger fixin’s.  No matter how you make these suckers, they are perfect!

Ultimate Turkey & Black Bean Burgers

16 ounces cremini mushrooms
1 clove garlic
1/4 yellow onion
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup refried black beans
2 pounds turkey
1 teaspoon sea salt
fresh ground pepper

Place mushrooms, garlic, and onion in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely ground. In a large skillet, melt the butter and cook the mushroom mixture until very soft, about 5-7 minutes over medium heat. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl, add the refried black beans, ground turkey, salt, and pepper, and mix all together until very well combined.

Split the mixture into 6 even portions. Roll into balls and flatten into thick burgers. Cook in a skillet or on a barbecue grill until cooked through.  Serve on ciabatta buns with your favorite fixin’s. My favorites? Avocado, fresh pico de gallo, a touch of grated cheddar jack cheese, lots of mayo, a kiss of mustard.

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