Spicy Black Bean Turkey Burgers with Cumin-Avocado Spread

These turkey burgers do have a little kick to them. If you’re not one for spicy foods, just eliminate the Jalapeño pepper and cayenne from the burger mix and pick a Cheddar or Swiss cheese to melt on top.

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Spicy Black Bean Turkey Burgers with Cumin-Avocado Spread

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 20 m
  • Total Time: 30 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • ¾ pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 slices pepper Jack cheese
  • toasted burger rolls sliced tomatoes, lettuce leaves

  • Cumin-Avocado Spread:
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the black beans in a large bowl and smash them slightly with the back of a fork. Add the ground turkey, red onion, Jalapeño pepper, breadcrumbs, salt, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Mix with your hands to combine all the ingredients and then shape them into 2 patties. Brush both sides of the burger patties with a little olive or vegetable oil.
  2. Pre-heat the air fryer to 380ºF.
  3. Transfer the burgers to the air fryer basket and air-fry for 20 minutes, flipping them over halfway through the cooking process. Top the burgers with the pepper Jack cheese (securing the slices to the burgers with a toothpick) for the last 2 minutes of the cooking process.
  4. While the burgers are cooking, make the cumin avocado spread. Place the avocado, lime juice, cumin and salt in food processor and process until smooth. (For a chunkier spread, you can mash this by hand in a bowl.) Stir in the cilantro and season with freshly ground black pepper. Chill the spread until you are ready to serve.
  5. When the burgers have finished cooking, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest on a plate, covered gently with aluminum foil. Brush a little olive oil on the insides of the burger rolls. Place the rolls, cut side up, into the air fryer basket and air-fry at 400°F for 1 minute to toast and warm them.
  6. Spread the cumin-avocado spread on the rolls and build your burgers with lettuce and sliced tomatoes and any other ingredient you like. Serve warm with a side of sweet potato fries.
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    1. Hi Martha. They would turn out great in a cast iron pan. I would use a little olive oil or butter in the pan. Sear each side and then finish in a 350°F oven until the burger is cooked through.

  1. 5 stars
    These burgers were delicious! I omitted the jalapeño peppers and added a tablespoon of salsa verde instead. Also would cook longer next time. Forgot to buy an avocado so I used a cilantro lime dressing. Makes more than two burgers too!

  2. 5 stars
    Made these and they were absolutely delicious. I added a little extra jalapeño. Husband can’t have avocado so the spices that were to go in the spread was put in the ground Turkey. I’ll definitely make these again.

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