Avocado Turkey Burgers

Avocado Turkey Burgers

If you’re into turkey burgers, or you’re just trying to cut down on red meat, these avocado turkey burgers won’t let you down. They’re flavorful, thanks to a combination of spices and Worcestershire sauce. Then, we add even more flavor with a slightly spicy chipotle mayonnaise, avocados, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

A burger stack high with avocado, tomato and lettuce on a wood cutting board with a beer glass and hot sauce in the background.

 

As with all ground turkey recipes, whether it’s turkey picadillo, burgers or turkey meatloaf, we need to add some flavor to the meat. Here we use a combination of Worcestershire sauce, paprika and other spices to kick-up bland turkey.

 

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What kind of ground turkey to use?

We want to use a ground turkey that contains a little bit of fat. We used 94/6, which means it’s 94 percent lean and 6 percent fat content. Then we add a little bit of grated white onion for extra moisture. 85/15 turkey will work well too. I don’t recommend using ground turkey breast for these burgers. There’s just not enough fat or flavor.

 

Ingredients

  • 1⅓ pound Ground Turkey (lean but not turkey breast)
  • 1 tablespoon White Onion, grated or finely minced
  • 1½ teaspoon Salt, we used kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire  Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1-2 teaspoon Chipotle Hot Sauce, adjust to taste
  • 2 Haas Avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • 4 Lettuce Leaves
  • 4 Slices Swiss Cheese
  • 4 Burger Buns

You will also need

  • Parchment paper – to separate the patties and make them easier to handle
  • Cooking spray – to keep the turkey from sticking to your hands while you form them

 

Make the turkey burgers

Add the ground turkey, grated onion, salt, Worcestershire sauce, Spanish paprika and black pepper to a large bowl. Combine the ingredients well by stirring the turkey mixture with a fork, or use your hands. Mix it just enough to combine well, try not to overwork the meat to avoid tough, dry patties.

 

Separate the turkey mixture into four equal sections. Work with one section at a time, shape it into a ball and then shape into a burger. Make the center slightly thinner than the outer part. Repeat with the remaining meat. You should end up with four ⅓ pound burgers.

A formed burger patty, before cooking on a square piece of white parchment paper.

 

Tips for forming the burger patties

  • Spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray prior to forming the burgers, it really cuts down on sticking and lets you form the patties with minimal handling.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper under each burger. This will make it easier to lay them on the grill. Just cut a piece of parchment paper into four square pieces and place one under each patty.

 

Prep the toppings before grilling the burgers

  • Make the chipotle mayonnaise – Combine the mayonnaise and chipotle hot sauce in a small bowl. Stir well with a fork to mix. Use more or less chipotle hot sauce, depending on taste.
  • Separate and wash the lettuce, pat dry.​
  • Slice the tomato​

Prep the avocado last so it doesn’t brown

  • Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, going all the way around. Give the avocado a gentle twist; you should be able to separate the two pieces. One of the pieces will have the seed attached. Pry it out gently. Rejoin the two halves until ready to use; this will slow down the browning process.
  • When you’re ready, remove the peel from the avocado. It should come off fairly easy, grab an end and gently bend it backwards. Cut the avocado into thin slices.

 

Grill the burgers

  • Grill the turkey burgers on a pre-heated grill over medium heat, flipping them occasionally, until the internal temperature is at least 165°F.
  • The exact grilling time will depend on the thickness of your burgers and the temperature of your grill but use 10-12 minutes as a guide.
  • With ground turkey, you want to ensure the temperature is where it needs to be, use an instant read thermometer.
  • On the flip side, you don’t want to overcook them, so keep an eye out.
  • Right before removing the burgers from the grill, add the cheese and let it melt a little bit. The cheese will continue to melt with the burger’s residual heat.

 

Build your avocado turkey burgers

Add the patty to the bottom bun and add the chipotle mayonnaise. Then top it with sliced avocado, lettuce and tomato. Enjoy!

A close up of the finished burger with a glass of beer and hot sauce in the background.

 

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A burger stack high with avocado, tomato and lettuce on a wood cutting board with a beer glass and hot sauce in the background.
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Avocado Turkey Burgers

If you’re into turkey burgers, or you’re just trying to cut down on red meat, these avocado turkey burgers won’t let you down.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger recipes, ground turkey
Servings: 4
Calories: 632kcal
Author: Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • 1⅓ Pound Ground Turkey lean but not turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon White Onion grated or finely minced
  • teaspoon Salt we used kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1-2 teaspoon Chipotle Hot Sauce adjust to taste
  • 2 Haas Avocados peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tomato sliced
  • 4 Lettuce Leaves
  • 4 Slices Swiss Cheese
  • 4 Burger Buns

Instructions

  • You will also need: parchment paper to separate the patties and cooking spray to make it easier to form them
  • Add the ground turkey, grated onion, salt, Worcestershire sauce, paprika and black pepper to a large bowl. Combine the ingredients well by stirring the turkey mixture with a fork, or use your hands. Mix it just enough to combine well, try not to overwork the meat to avoid tough, dry patties.
  • Separate the turkey mixture into four equal sections. Work with one section at a time, shape the ground turkey into a ball and then shape into a burger, make the center slightly thinner that the outer part. Repeat with the remaining meat. You should end up with four ⅓ pound burgers.
  • Prep the toppings before grilling the burgers.
  • Make the chipotle mayonnaise: Combine the mayonnaise and chipotle hot sauce in a small bowl. Stir well with a fork to mix. Use more or less chipotle hot sauce, depending on taste.
  • Separate and wash the lettuce leaves, pat dry.
  • Slice the tomato
  • Prep the avocado last so it doesn’t brown, remove the seed, peel and cut into slices.
  • Grill the turkey burgers on a pre-heated grill over medium heat, flipping them occasionally, until the internal temperature is at least 165°F. The exact grilling time will depend on the thickness of your burgers and the temperature of your grill but use 10-12 minutes as a guide.
  • Right before removing the burgers from the grill, add the cheese and let it melt a little bit. The cheese will continue to melt with the burger’s residual heat.
  • Add the burger patty to the bottom bun and add the chipotle mayonnaise. Then top the burger with sliced avocado, lettuce and tomato. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use lean ground turkey for these burgers, but don’t use turkey breast. We want a little bit of fat content; here we used 94% lean.
  • Spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray prior to forming the burgers, it cuts down on sticking and lets you form the patties with minimal handling.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper under each patty. This will make it easier to lay them on the grill.

Nutrition

Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 1325mg | Potassium: 1009mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2554IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 4mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.


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