Mexican-Turkey Burgers with Mashed Avocado Spread

Total Time
37 min
25 min
12 min
The secret to these hearty, juicy turkey burgers is minced vegetables and lime juice in the patties. A decadent-seeming avocado-topping adds delicious richness.


uncooked red onion(s)

1 medium

sweet red pepper(s)

1 small, seeded

jalapeño pepper(s)

1 medium, seeded

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s)


¼ cup(s)

fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp, or less to taste

dried oregano

1 tsp

ground cumin

1 tsp

kosher salt

¾ tsp

dried plain breadcrumbs


uncooked 93% lean ground turkey

1 pound(s)

reduced calorie hamburger roll(s)

4 item(s), Avocado Topping


½ item(s), medium, ripe, mashed


1 Tbsp, minced

fresh lime juice

1 tsp

ground cumin

¼ tsp

kosher salt

¼ tsp, or to taste Other Ingredients

cooking spray

2 spray(s)

fresh tomato(es)

½ medium, beefsteak, cut into 4 thick slices


4 leaf/leaves, large, romaine


  1. Cut onion into four even pieces; set aside one piece. Place remaining 3 onion pieces, peppers, cilantro, lime juice, oregano, cumin and salt in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped (can also be finely chopped and combined by hand). Fold breadcrumbs and turkey into vegetable mixture; form into 4 even patties and chill until ready to grill (patties can be made up to 2 days prior to cooking).
  2. When ready to serve, to make avocado topping, mince remaining piece onion; place 1 tablespoon in a bowl and reserve rest of onion for garnish. Add avocado, cilantro, lime juice and cumin to bowl; season to taste with salt.
  3. Off heat, coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray; heat to medium-high heat. Grill burgers until cooked all the way through (internal temperature should be at least 165ºF), flipping once, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Grill buns until toasted. Serve each burger on toasted bun with 1 tomato slice, 1 piece lettuce, about 1 1/2 tablespoons avocado spread and a sprinkle of reserved minced onion. Yields 1 burger per serving.


This recipe is easily doubled to feed a crowd.

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