Grilling Season Recipes from Krista Kohls

Krista Kohls, a Meriter Clinical Dietitian, has several recipes to help you prepare for grilling season. From black bean burgers to turkey burgers, enjoy these healthy alternatives at your next barbecue!

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
*Courtesy of Allrecipes.com*

Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic
1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Directions
1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil.
2. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
3. In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
4. In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin and chili sauce.
5. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side.

Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers
*Courtesy of Allrecipes.com*

Ingredients
3 pounds ground turkey
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely diced onions
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions
1. In large bowl, mix ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, egg whites, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Form into 12 patties.
2. Cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F.

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