Grilled Turkey Burgers with California Avocado and Caramelized Onions

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53 g
Total Fat
35 g
Total Carbs
3 g
125 mg
 Grilled Turkey Burgers with California Avocado and Caramelized Onions

With California Avocados mixed into the patties, grill masters will fall in love with this turkey burger topped with caramelized onions and more California avocados.


Serves: 4
  ripe Fresh California Avocados, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
Tbsp.  Extra virgin olive oil
Tbsp.  freshly squeezed lime juice
Tbsp.  chopped fresh oregano
  As needed  Salt, to taste
  As needed  Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Tbsp.  unsalted butter
  large red onion, diced
  As needed  Salt, to taste
1/4  cup  white vinegar
Tbsp.  cracked black pepper
lb.  ground turkey (dark meat, if available)
Tbsp.  Extra virgin olive oil
  brioche hamburger buns, split and grilled or toasted
  slices sharp white cheddar cheese
  Roma tomato, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice

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


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine avocados with olive oil, lime juice, oregano, and salt and pepper, to taste. Divide mixture, reserving half to add to the ground turkey and half to use as a topping on the cooked burgers.
  2. Melt butter in a medium skillet over low heat. Cook onions with salt to taste, stirring and shaking pan frequently, until onions are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Pour in vinegar, turn heat up to high, and reduce by half. Remove from heat and stir in cracked pepper. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Add turkey, caramelized onions, and olive oil to a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Using hands, gently mix in half the avocados and form turkey mixture into 4 burger patties.
  4. Preheat grill, broiler, or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season turkey burger patties with salt and cook until lightly browned on bottom, about 3 to 4 minutes. Turn burgers and top with cheese slices. Continue cooking until turkey is just cooked through and cheese is melted.
  5. Arrange buns, grilled or toasted side up, on plates. Place burgers on bottom halves of buns. Stir tomato into second half of reserved avocados and spoon mixture onto top halves of buns. Serve immediately.

*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.

Copyright © 2012, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger,

Calories 750
Total Fat 53 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Monounsaturated Fat 25 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7 g
Total Carbs 35 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugar 6 g
Protein 3 g
Cholesterol 125 mg
Sodium 453 mg
Potassium 740 mg

Vitamin A 763 IU; Vitamin C 19 mg; Calcium 229 mg; Iron 4 mg; Vitamin D 20 IU; Folate 131 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.4 g

% Daily Value*: Total Fat 82%; Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 30%; Calcium 35%; Iron 25%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Mary Sue Milliken

Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Border Grill in Los Angeles, CA

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