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Turkey Burger
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins

An easy recipe for juicy Turkey Burgers cooked on the stove, and topped with a creamy avocado spread.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 392 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
For the Pickled Tomatillos (OPTIONAL):
  • 5 Tomatillos husks removed and rinsed, sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • Juice of a Lime
For the Avocado-Mayo Spread:
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • Avocado diced
  • Tbsp Cilantro minced
  • Juice of a Lime
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
For the Green Chili Turkey Burgers:
  • Red Onion halved and cut into thin slices and set aside
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey very cold
  • 1 Egg slightly beaten
  • 4.5 oz Canned Chopped Green Chilis
  • 1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter separated
  • 6 Hamburger Buns preferably fresh from the bakery
For the Pickled Tomatillos:
  1. Spread tomatillo slices across the bottom of a pie dish, or any shallow dish with similar in circumference. Sprinkle over vinegar and lime juice and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate while making other preparations.

For the Avocado Mayonnaise:
  1. Mash together avocado, mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice and salt until it reaches a spreadable consistency. Set aside until ready to use.

For the Turkey Burgers:
  1. Add oil to cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. While heating, make the patties. Mix together ground turkey, egg, green chilis, salt, cumin, pepper, and paprika, and form into six turkey patties.

  2. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the oil. As soon as it has melted, add ground turkey balls to the skillet and flatten as much as possible with the spatula. Cook for 4 minutes, or until browned. 

  3. Carefully flip and cook the other side until juices have evaporated, the patty has browned, about 6-8 minutes more. Set aside turkey burgers. 

  4. If desired, add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet, cut buns in half and toast 1-2 minutes on the hot skillet. To assemble burgers, spread a thin layer of avocado-mayo on each bun and top patties with onion and pickled tomatillos. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 1193mg52%
Potassium 541mg15%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.