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Southwest Turkey Patties with Beans

These turkey patties are delicious and low in calories. Skip the rice if you're looking to cut carbs. —Dot Carpenter, Washington, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice


  • In a large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. Add turkey; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-in.-thick oval patties.
  • In a small saucepan, heat beans and tomatoes over medium heat, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro. Keep warm.
  • Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-5 in. from heat until a thermometer reads 165°, 4-5 minutes per side. Serve with rice and bean mixture.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a large resealable plastic bag; return to freezer. To use, grill or broil frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 165°.

Health tip: This recipe is a great example of how to get more veggies and boost fiber in everyday recipes. It uses less turkey per serving than usual and includes a topping of protein- and fiber-rich black beans plus tomatoes.
Test Kitchen tips
  • If you prefer minimum heat, use diced tomatoes with mild chilies.
  • The veggies add color, moisture and a hint of sweetness to the turkey patties.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 356 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 693mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat.
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