A hamburger is probably more “American” than apple pie. It’s a menu item that everyone loves–from kiddos and fast food burgers to gourmet NYC chefs and their $35 truffle burgers. But it can be a lot more than a beef patty on a bun. How about a turkey burger? A bison burger? A veggie burger? We’d like to share some new burger recipes that go above and beyond the typical hamburger.
It’s probably easy to find ground turkey in your supermarket, and turkey meat has much less fat than your typical hamburger meat. If you can find ground bison meat, it’s got less fat and more protein than beef–and tastes more like beef than turkey meat. There’s not even any “game-y’ flavor, it just tastes a little different than ground beef.
Veggie burgers come in all kind of varieties–black bean burgers, tofu and tempeh burgers, garbanzo bean burgers–all with considerably less fat (well mostly, depending on how you prepare them) than a beef burger. You may want to try a new burger recipe just to mix it up a little. You can buy ‘garden burgers” in your grocery store, but there are plenty of ways to easily make burger patties at home.
Looking for a vegetarian burger recipe? Here’s a black bean burger recipe that has a little kick to it, and is easy to make:
Black Bean Burgers
- 2 15-ounce cans of black beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup salsa (add extra jalepenos if you like it spicy)
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic salt, plus salt and pepper
Process black beans in a food processor until it has a smooth consistency. Add other ingredients and mix until well combined. Divide your mixture into 6 balls and refrigerate at least 1 hour before cooking.Form each ball into a patty about 1/4 inch thick and grill for about 4 minutes on each side. Serve on toasted buns with toppings.
Want a new burger recipe using ground turkey? This is an espcially flavorful one!
- Stale whole-wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 finely chopped medium onion
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 pound lean ground turkey meat
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 1 1/2 tablespoon coarse-grained mustard
- Salt and pepper