Monday, January 28, 2013

SCD Black Bean and Avocado Turkey Burgers

Alex tends to default to turkey burgers for lunch. When he's feeling sick, that means I'm down to the basics: salt, pepper, rosemary, shredded carrot, and diced onion. He doesn't want a bun with it, or anything else. It's a sad little lunch and, in spite of packing peanut butter cookies, trail mix, and an apple with it, I still feel a little guilty about how often he winds up eating a regular old burger. But! I had some soaked/cooked beans, a ripe avocado, and a batch of homemade mayo, so I decided to get creative. They turned out delish. The texture reminds me a little of a crab cake or meatloaf (where you can tell it's mostly meat, but it's creamier and softer).


1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 cup cooked SCD black beans (aka soak dry beans for at least 12 hours, then cook until soft)
1 egg
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup onion
1/4 avocado
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp SCD mayonnaise (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil for cooking


1. Put beans, onion, garlic, avocado, egg, and spices into a food processor and pulse a couple of times until they're mostly blended.
2. Add the turkey to the food processor and blend until everything is mixed thoroughly, like so:

3. Preheat a non-stick pan to medium heat and add the olive oil once it's hot. Form turkey mixture into burger shapes and stick 'em on in. Flip them only once, after about 7 minutes, or when the sides are set and the top still appears raw. Make sure you get both sides nice and brown. Eat them plain, or on a bun, or however else you like.

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