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Turkey Burgers with Avocado Sauce

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • For sauce, in a small bowl, mash avocado with the sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt. Refrigerate until serving.
  • 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 thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  • Place on buns; top each with about 1/4 cup sauce. Serve with the lettuce, cheese, tomato and onion if desired.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 413 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 678mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • lshaw
    Feb 20, 2019

    My husband liked these burgers--he said they tasted like regular hamburgers, and I cooked them in a skillet, not the grill! Additions of the vegetables and spices gave them a nice, complex taste and we also loved the avocado sauce on top. My husband is close to pre-diabetic levels and we did without the bun, but they still made a very good meal that was a bit different. May try on the grill in the future.

  • preachermom
    Jun 2, 2018

    The avocado sauce is what puts these over the top for us.

  • rmbarr059
    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
    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
    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
    Jan 3, 2015

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

  • murrworm88
    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
    May 27, 2014

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

  • RebeccaG79
    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
    May 29, 2012

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