California Burger in a Bowl

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Total Time: 25 min

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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information
per serving

Calories 670
Total Fat 51g
Saturated Fat 17g
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 150mg
Sodium 510mg
Total Carbs 17g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 39g
Potassium 1408mg

Vitamin A 214 mcg; Vitamin C 25 mg; Calcium 275 mg; Iron 5 mg; Vitamin D 0 mcg; Folate 166 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.27 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25%; Vitamin C 30%; Calcium 20%; Iron 30 %; Vitamin D 0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Put a California Avocado twist on an iconic American dish: the hamburger! For those who crave maximum avocado on their burgers, this is for you. This bunless deconstructed burger is served atop lettuce with all your favorite traditional burger toppings, starring a heaping helping of fresh sliced California Avocado.This delicious avocado burger bowl recipe can be made with crumbled ground beef or with burger patties.  

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Serves: 4

1 1/2 lb. lean (80/20) ground beef 1/4 cup minced yellow or white onions 1/4 tsp. steak seasoning or seasoned salt, or to taste 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated and washed 2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled and halved 2 large or 4 small tomatoes, diced 1 cup shredded cheese (Cheddar or your choice) 1/2 cup drained dill or sweet pickle chips, 1 tsp. pickle juice reserved 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced, optional 1/2 cup diced cooked bacon, optional burger condiments such as mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, optional
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, yellow onions, steak seasoning and Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Do not overmix.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef mixture, cooking until browned and cooked through, 5-7 minutes.
  3. Line four entrée-size bowls with butter lettuce leaves around the sides and along the bottom.
  4. Add the cooked ground beef, tomatoes, cheese, pickle chips, red onion and bacon to each bowl.
  5. Slice each avocado half from about ½-inch below the top to the bottom into semi-thick strips. Fan the avocado slices over the top of each bowl and sprinkle with reserved pickle juice if desired
  6. Serve with desired condiments.

Variations:  To make this avocado burger bowl recipe using burger patties, combine ground beef, onions, steak seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Form into burger patties, smoothing the edges for even cooking. Heat a large cast iron skillet or griddle to medium high. Place the burger patties in the hot skillet. In the center of each patty make a deep thumbprint. (This helps the centers cook at the same rate as the rest of the burgers.) Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, then flip the patties to the other side. Cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes on the other side depending on how well-done you prefer. Sprinkle with pepper and keep warm. Follow the rest of the recipe as noted. If desired, mash some of the avocado with the reserved pickle juice.

The beef patties for the burger bowl also can be cooked on a grill, in an instant pot or air fryer. Follow the manufacturer instructions.

Instead of cooking the onions in the patties, top the burger bowl with caramelized onions for an “extra” presentation.

Serving Suggestion: Use a squeeze bottle filled with your favorite burger condiment or dressing to decorate the top of the burger bowl.

Beverage Pairing: Light beer or hard seltzer

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Did You Know?

There is an “official” serving size for avocados. Of course avocado sizes and usage ideas vary. One delicious idea is to grill a California Avocado half or enjoy in one of these BBQ/ grilling recipes.

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados

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