BEEF AND BLACK BEAN BURGERS

Beef and Black Bean Burgers --
Lean Cut
  • Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes
  • Makes 8 servings.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef (93% or leaner)
  2. 10 (2 ounce) whole-grain hamburger buns
  3. 1 (15 ounces) can no-salt added black beans, rinsed, drained
  4. 1/4 cup tomato paste
  5. 1 cup minced onion
  6. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  7. 1 to 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, minced
  8. 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  11. 1 ripe avocado, sliced
Toppings (optional):
  1. Ranch dressing, sour cream, yogurt or salsa

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEEF AND BLACK BEAN BURGERS

  1. Cut two hamburger buns into 1/4-inch cubes.  Combine cubed buns, beans and tomato paste in large bowl; using a potato masher; mash to slightly chunky consistency.  Add ground beef, onion, cilantro, jalapeño pepper, cumin, salt and pepper, mixing lightly but thoroughly.  Lightly shape into eight 3/4-inch thick patties.
  2. Place patties on rack of broiler pan so surface of beef is 3 to 4 inches from heat.  Broil 12 to 14 minutes until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning once.
  3. Place burgers on bottoms of buns.  Top burgers evenly with avocado slices.  Top with dressing, sour cream, yogurt or salsa, if desired.  Close sandwiches. 
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  • This burger may be served on a bed of mixed greens topped with your favorite salsa.
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