Beef and Black Bean Burgers

posted May 15, 2017 11:22 p.m. (CDT)
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1½ lbs ground beef, 93 percent or leaner

10 whole-grain hamburger buns

1 15-oz can no-salt added black beans, rinsed, drained

¼ C tomato paste

1 C minced onion

¼ C finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 to 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, minced

1½ tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 ripe avocado, sliced

Toppings: Ranch dressing, sour cream, yogurt or salsa

Cut two hamburger buns into ¼-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 ¾-inch-thick patties.

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 degrees, turning once.

Place burgers on bottoms of buns. Top burgers evenly with avocado slices. Top with dressing, sour cream, yogurt or salsa, if desired.

Note: You may substitute roasted green chilies for fresh jalapeño peppers.This burger may be served on a bed of mixed greens topped with your favorite salsa. 

Recipe and photo courtesy of