Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers

$9.81 recipe / $1.96 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.87 from 23 votes
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One of my favorite techniques for stretching my food budget is substituting half of the meat in my meals with beans. So, when I got an email from one of my readers, Lori, with a link to this Black Bean Turkey Burgers recipe on, I had to go check it out. It looked super simple and tasty, but I wanted to make my own version. I took a cue from Lori, who said she liked to add her own spices, like cumin and sriracha, and decided to throw a southwest spin on the black bean and turkey combo.

Unbaked Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers on a baking sheet fitted with wire cooling racks

What’s in Black Bean Turkey Burgers?

Well, besides ground turkey and black beans (obviously) I used a simple mix of chili powder, cumin, garlic, and cayenne to flavor the beans and meat, then added sliced green onion for some color, texture, and flavor. That’s it! That’s all you need to make an insanely delicious black bean turkey burger.

How to Serve the Mini Burgers

You can eat these Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers on a bun, but I opted for pita bread because they tend to be less expensive where I live. I added a few slices of tomato and made a simple avocado-sour cream sauce because avocado were on sale. The sauce was just for fun, really, so you can skip it if needed, or even just do sliced avocado if you’re short on time.

Can I Make Full-Sized Burgers?

I made these burgers mini-sized because A) they cook faster and B) two small patties will fit in my pita better than one large patty. Feel free to make regular sized patties if you want, just know that they’ll like need to cook a little longer.

Want Even *More* Flavor?

If you want to be extra fancy, you can mix some shredded pepper jack into the meat and bean mixture for little pops of cheesy goodness in your burgers. HELLO YUM. I love cheese in my burgers.

Two Cooked Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers in a pita with avocado and tomato
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Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers

4.87 from 23 votes
These flavorful mini black bean turkey burgers come together quickly and bake in the oven for a fast, no fuss dinner. 
Turkey Burger Patties
Servings 5 (two patties each)
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 35 minutes



  • 1 15oz. can black beans* ($0.60)
  • 3 green onions ($0.38)
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder** ($0.15)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper ($0.03)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.04)
  • 19 oz. lean ground turkey ($4.59)

AVOCADO SAUCE (optional)

  • 1 avocado ($1.00)
  • 1/2 lime ($0.20)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream ($0.75)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar ($0.01)


  • 5 pita halves ($0.83)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced ($1.12)


  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Drain and rinse the black beans. Place the black beans in a large bowl and mash them slightly with your hands or a potato masher. Slice the green onions and add them to the bowl along with the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir until the beans are evenly seasoned.
  • Add the ground turkey to the seasoned black beans. Mix well using your hands. Form 10 small patties (about 2-2.5 inches diameter, 1/2 inch thick). Place the patties on a roasting pan or a baking sheet covered with foil and wire cooling racks.
  • Bake the patties in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until browned on the outside and no longer pink in the center. Alternatively, you can cook the patties in a skillet, on a grill, or using an indoor countertop grill.
  • While the patties are baking, prepare the avocado sauce. Add the avocado (diced), juice from half a lime (about 2 Tbsp), garlic powder, salt, sugar, sour cream, and 2-4 Tbsp of water to a blender. Blend the ingredients together, adding the water slowly until a smooth, thick sauce forms.
  • Smear some of the sauce inside each pita half, add a couple tomato slices, and two of the turkey patties.

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*I used black beans that I had cooked from dry in my slow cooker.
**Chili powder is a mild blend of spices, not hot red pepper powder.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 396.94kcalCarbohydrates: 27.74gProtein: 29.5gFat: 19.88gSodium: 877mgFiber: 12.02g
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How to Make Black Bean Turkey Burgers – Step by Step Photos

Mashed Black Beans in a mixing bowl

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Rinse and drain one 15oz. can of black beans. Place them in a large bowl and use your hands or a potato masher to slightly mash the beans.

Green Onions and Spices added to mashed black beans

To the mashed beans add: 3 sliced green onions, 1/2 Tbsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt.

Seasoned Black Beans mixed together

Mix the ingredients the bowl until the beans are well seasoned. If you’re using low sodium canned beans, or beans you’ve cooked yourself without salt, you may want an extra 1/4 tsp salt. If you taste this mixture now, it may be very strong or salty, but remember these seasoning have to spread throughout the turkey as well and will end up much more mild.

Ground Turkey package

I’m not sure why ground turkey always comes in 19oz. packages, but they do (here in the U.S. anyway). If your packages aren’t 19oz, you can just use about 1.5 lbs.

Ground Turkey mixed into seasoned black beans

Add the ground turkey to the bowl and mix with your hands until everything is evenly distributed.

Shaped turkey burger patties on a baking sheet fitted with wire cooling racks

Form the mixture into about 10 small patties, 2.5 inches in diameter and about 1/2 inch thick. There are several ways you can cook these patties, including a skillet, a grill, or something like a George Foreman Grill. I chose to bake them because Lori said she likes this method best and because they can just cook all at one time without much babysitting. I made a make-shift roasting pan by covering a baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup) and placing two wire racks on top. This allows the hot air to circulate under the burgers and for the fat to drip away.

Baked Black Bean Turkey Burgers on the baking sheet

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. After baking they should be browned and no longer pink in the center. You may need to sacrifice one patty and cut it in half to be sure. Remember, if you make a different sized patty, the baking time will vary.

Avocado Sauce in the blender

While the patties are baking, you can make the avocado sauce. Add 1 diced avocado, the juice from half a lime (about 2 Tbsp), 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar, and 1/2 cup sour cream to a blender. Blend the ingredients together, adding water slowly (about 4 Tbsp), until you have a thick, smooth sauce.

Two Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers on a plate with pita and toppings on the side

To make the “burgers”, spread some of the avocado sauce inside half a pita, add a few slices of tomato, and two of the mini black bean turkey burgers.

Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers stuffed into a pita with tomato and avocado sauce

Easy, delicious, and super healthy! Seriously, these burgers come together in just a few minutes and bake quickly, so this is a great weeknight meal option. :D

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  1. Instead of lightly mashing the black beans, I am thinking of going closer to a purée. I have several family members whom I have to hide beans from. 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️ Do you think this will cause any issues with binding the ingredients??
    Thank you.
    I look forward to trying lots of your recipes!

    1. I don’t believe so, though as we have not tested it with a puree we cannot say for sure. xoxo

  2. Attn: Beth

    What’s the best method for freezing these burgers. I can’t wait to have these. I only ask cause my homegrown tomatoes 🍅 are almost ready for picking. Thanks for this inspiring burger 🍔 

    1. Hi Julie! Shape the patties and then stack them, separating each patty with wax or parchment paper. Then wrap with plastic film and place inside a freezer safe container. XOXO

      1. Thanks for the tip. Also toasting the naan bread is a great idea too as I prefer the mini naans with these burgers. 

  3. These tasted really great. I improvised an added 1/3 cup bread crumbs, one egg an a little cilantro along with the ingredients. Formed the patties sautéed them in a cast iron skillet till I got that brown crust on each side of the burger an then finished them in the oven for 10 more minutes at 325 degrees. 

  4. I’ve made these like 30 times. They are SO GOOD!! A favorite in our house and amongst our friends.

  5. I did not have the ingredients for the sauce but is still so good! I ended up making it like a quesadilla burger! Tooped with cheddar cheese (because its what i had), sour cream lettuce and salsa! 

  6. This was so easy and so good. I think I could eat that sauce with a spoon. Actually, I definitely could. I topped my burger with some fresh baby spinach and it was SO good!