• Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking Time:
  • Serves: 4 Servings

Cheddar Turkey Burgers With Mashed Avocado

Category: Healthy Recipes, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • canola oil, for the grate
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey, preferably dark meat
  • 1 cup extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 small red onion, half grated and half thinly sliced
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split


1. Heat grill to medium-high. Once it is hot, clean the grill grate with a wire brush. Just before grilling, oil the grill grate.

2. Mix together the avocado, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl.

3. Gently mix together the turkey, Cheddar, grated onion, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper with your hands in a medium bowl until just combined. Form the turkey mixture into four ¾-inch-thick patties. Use your fingers to make a shallow well in the top of each patty (this will prevent overplumping during cooking).

4. Grill the burgers until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165° F, 6 to 8 minutes per side.* Grill the buns, split-side down, until toasted, 5 to 10 seconds per side.

5. Stack the burgers, sliced onion, and avocado mixture between the buns.

*This recipe includes the Real Simple test kitchen”™s preferred cooking temperatures (considered safe by many experts) for burgers cooked to their juicy best. For maximum food safety, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends temperatures of 165° F for poultry, 145° F for fish, and 160° F for ground beef, lamb, and pork.

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