Last updated on July 31st, 2019.
Juicy, tender Turkey Burgers topped with Guacamole – the flavor combination is out of this world!
When I told Aldo that I was making turkey burgers with guacamole, he made a face and said “turkey? With guacamole? Does that even go together?” I then asked him if I’ve ever made bad turkey burgers and he admitted that no, they are always delicious.
He was going to have to trust me on this one. I’ve been craving avocado for a while, so there was no changing my mind here.
Turkey burgers are trickier than beef burgers because ground turkey releases this yucky grey juice while it cooks, and the burgers don’t brown because of the juice in the pan. The juice also forms a weird gelatinous substance in the pan that is just not pleasant to look at. Because of this, I add oatmeal to the ground turkey meat to soak up the turkey juices and to keep the flavor inside the burger. I’ve had to experiment with the turkey and oatmeal proportions for a bit, which sometimes resulted in burgers that were too dry, or burgers that didn’t brown because there wasn’t enough oatmeal. I found that 1/2 cup to 5/8 cups oatmeal is just right for 1 pound of ground turkey (5/8 cups is 1/2 + 1/8). Depending on how lean your turkey is, you might only need 1/2 cup oatmeal, otherwise the burgers will turn out dry. The turkey I used wasn’t very lean. It was bought at a Russian butcher shop, so I don’t know what percent lean it was. If you are buying lean turkey, use 1/2 cup of oatmeal.
A lot of turkey burger recipes use breadcrumbs, but I like to use oatmeal, since it is healthier than breadcrumbs.
These burgers are browned in a pan and then cooked in the oven. The easiest way to do this is to use a cast iron pan, or another pan that can go from the stove top to the oven. Otherwise, you can brown the burgers and then transfer them to a baking dish lined with foil. I love using foil because baking dishes lined with foil never need to get washed!
If you are skipping the guacamole you can add some chopped parsley or cilantro to the ground turkey to give the burgers more flavor.
Turkey Burgers with Guacamole
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup instant oatmeal
- 1 small onion chopped (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Burger ingredients: buns, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, ketchup, etc.
- 1 Hass avocado
- 1 tablespoon lime juice from 1/2 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil (optional, use only if your avocado is not very ripe)
- 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves chopped
- 1 very small garlic clove minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or adjust to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Saute the chopped onion in about 1/2 tablespoon oil for a few minutes until the onion starts softening and browning. Or skip this step and use a teaspoon of onion powder instead.
- Combine all the ingredients for the turkey burgers (ground turkey, egg, oatmeal, sauteed onion or onion powder, salt, pepper) into a bowl and mix well with a fork. Try not to mash the turkey, but to mix it instead. Using wet hands, form 4 - 6 burger patties. Wetting your hands between each burger will prevent the turkey from sticking to your hands.
- Heat up some the olive oil (1-2 tablespoons) in your oven-safe pan, and carefully place the burgers into the pan. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until each side is nicely browned. The inside will still be raw at this point.
- Transfer the browned burgers into the oven, and bake for 20 minutes, or until the inside of the burgers is fully cooked at 165F.
- While the burgers are in the oven, prepare the guacamole: Mash the avocado in a bowl. Add the rest of the guacamole ingredients, and mix well.
- Assemble your burger! Don't forget to toast the bun 🙂
What burger combinations do you like?