Turkey Burgers with Avocado Sauce Recipe
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Turkey Burgers with Avocado Sauce Recipe

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I love burgers and Southwestern food, so why not combine the two in a light and juicy burger? I like to whip these up, pop them in the fridge and cook them later for a quick weeknight meal! —Jan Warren-Rucker, Clemmons, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • Shredded lettuce and reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, optional
  • Sliced tomato and red onion, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 413 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 678mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 37g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute the corn, onion and peppers in oil until crisp-tender. Stir in the lime juice, garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder and oregano; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large bowl and cool slightly. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into four burgers. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. For sauce, in a small bowl, mash avocado with the sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt. Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  4. Place on buns; top each with about 1/4 cup sauce. Serve with the lettuce, cheese, tomato and onion if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Turkey Burgers with Avocado Sauce in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p37

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 226579
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"This was really good. My husband cringes at the mention of turkey burgers, but he really liked this one. Will make again!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 226438
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"These were good. Mine turned out a bit too moist. May cut back on the veggies next time. Did love the sauce."

kaylawolfert User ID: 8263636 220750
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"I used green peppers instead of red and lemon instead of lime (as a didn't have the ingredients the directions called for) and they came out great! Love"

quietgardens User ID: 3582707 216747
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"The turkey was tasty even with the veges, and the sauce was outstanding! Definately make it again:)"

murrworm88 User ID: 1697209 172680
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"This was a great first-turkey-burger pick! The sauce is a must and the turkey burgers have an awesome southwestern kick!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 174162
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"I'm giving this five stars because both of my picky kids are it! Great flavor!"

RebeccaG79 User ID: 7423889 157651
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"My family LOVES this recipe! Instead of making burgers, though, I have turned it into a taco type recipe. Just cook all of the ingredients together in a skillet and scoop onto a tortilla. We use the avocado sauce, but no cheese. It is much quicker than having to make the burgers and chill."

lisarenee007 User ID: 4441706 92770
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"These were delicious!!! I didn't even have the avocado sauce on mine and it was amazing. Exceeded my expectations."

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 157648
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"These turkey burgers are delicious! Moist and flavorful. They turn out well on an indoor grill, too."

s_pants User ID: 174050 157646
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"I thought these were very good, but the avocado sauce overwhelms the burgers a bit. Next time I won't put quite as much sauce on."

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