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Thank You, Paula Deen!

Quick, delicious turkey burgers with tons of flavor!

Re-posted from Juggling With Julia

Once in a great while, I try something new and all three kids love it. Tonight's dinner was a whopping success to the point they were arguing over the leftovers. Music to my ears :) I owe thanks to the Food Network and especially Paula Deen for the idea. The burgers were moist and had great flavor, and according to my ketchup-crazy kids, didn't need any condiments. It's worth mentioning that none of them would even touch the salsa, but grown ups far and wide will love its clean, fresh flavor and the tiniest zing it adds to the burger.

Make this. Trust me. Even if you don't like black beans, or think that putting tortilla chips in your burger is weird, I think you will love this. You can thank me and Paula Deen later.

Turkey Black Bean Burgers with Corny Salsa
Adapted from Paula Deen and the Food Network

Corny Salsa:

4 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 purple onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, de-veined, and finely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice of 1 whole lime
1/2 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
Dash of salt

Burgers:

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
1/2 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained, and lightly mashed
1 cup crushed tortilla chips (I love Grande multigrain tortilla chips)
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

For the salsa: In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir them together. Cover the container and chill the salsa until ready to use.

For the burgers: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, beans, tortilla chips, and all the seasonings. Use your hands to form the mixture into 8 equal sized patties, working in batches if necessary. Cook the patties until no longer pink in the middle, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the patties to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

To serve: spoon the Corny Salsa mixture over the burgers. Optional: top with avocado slices and sour cream.

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