• 1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef (93% or leaner)
  • 10 (2 ounce) whole-grain hamburger buns
  • 1 (15 ounces) can no-salt added black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 to 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced

Toppings (optional):

Ranch dressing, sour cream, yogurt or salsa



Cut two hamburger buns into 1/4-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 3/4-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°F, turning once.

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

Test Kitchen Tips

Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

This burger may be served on a bed of mixed greens topped with your favorite salsa.