Healthy-ish Turkey + White Bean Burgers

I’ve always been a salad and fries kind of girl.  Burgers, notsomuch.  That said, make anything into a burger, and I feel like it instantly becomes more appealing – even if just by name, especially for kids.  This turkey burger recipe is delicious.  Something about the combo of the mashed white beans, and the dijon mustard, make these almost addicting.  I like to make mine slider-size and eat on a salad.  B likes to make them and eat something else, but that’s OK – I’m certain his “no-thank you portion” of 2 bites, will turn into more at some point soon.  In fact, this recipe is one of my favorites for him to help with because he can use his clean hands to smoosh the beans, and what child doesn’t want to squish something?!  I used an egg replacer powder and they turned out great – feel free to swap for a real egg, if that works for you.  I also have used both GF panko and crushed rice krispies and they both work great for GF bread crumbs.  1 lb of ground white turkey makes A LOT of slider size burgers (about 24), so it’s a bit time intensive, but they pack well, so a great make-ahead lunch for taking to work.IMG_1311

Healthy-ish Turkey + White Bean Burgers

makes about 24 slider size burgers

recipe adapted from Healthyish

INGREDIENTS

1 (15.5 oz) can white beans (great northern)

1 pound ground turkey breast

1/2 cup GF panko bread crumbs or crushed Rice Krispies

1 large egg, beaten OR egg replacer equivalent (I like Follow Your Heart*)

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp Coconut Aminos

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tbsp olive oil, divided (1 tbsp for mix, 1 for cooking)

DIRECTIONS

Mash the beans in a large bowl until there are no whole ones left.  Using your clean hands works best.

Using a silicone spatula, mix in the turkey, GF panko/crushed rice krispies, egg/egg replacer, mustard, coconut aminos, garlic, 1 tbsp of the olive oil, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper.

Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat and add 1 tbsp of olive oil.  Add the patties and cook until golden brown and opaque throughout.  3-4 minutes on each side.

Serve as burgers, or on top of a salad.

*Follow Your Heart egg replacer is cheaper at Whole Foods, than through Amazon; I’ve also tried Bob’s Red Mill brand, and that works great too.  I find Follow Your Heart works better for taking the place of an egg with poultry or fish; Bob’s Red Mill works better in baking items like cookies, pancakes, and waffles.

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