turkey avocado burgers

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness15 Comments

Back in January, I started taking pictures of what I was eating through the day…mostly breakfast, lunch, and some snacks, and sharing it on my Instagram Stories.  I didn’t plan to continue doing it, but I’ve received so many comments from people who have found it inspiring and encouraging, so I’ve kept sharing.  As a side benefit, it’s helped hold me accountable, too.  I want to eat healthy, pretty meals that I’m proud to share.

I have been making some progress in the weight loss department, but being sick has slowed down my weekly workouts.  I hope to get back to them consistently when I get back from my trip to Florida next week (to have a mini creative retreat with Shaunna.)  I haven’t been following any consistent plan, but have been trying to eat whole foods, more protein, healthy fats, and lower carbs.  I also try to “eat my water”, so I’m eating foods that have high water content like veggies, soups, and fruit.

I know I need to track, though, in order to make more consistent progress, so I’m going to sign up for Noom again.  I did that program last year with my mom and lost 15lbs.  I’d like to lose 20 more pounds this year and I know going back to a structured plan will help keep me on track better than doing it on my own.

Anyway, I’ve also been sharing about meal planning.  It’s not been unusual lately to have something happening every night of the week…climb team for the boys, going to the gym, small groups, meeting at the church, etc, so I’ve been trying to do cooking and meal prep on the weekends.  This has helped so much!  Healthy meals are at the ready in the fridge, already portioned out.  One of the grab & go meals we’ve been enjoying lately is Turkey & Avocado Burgers.

So many people have asked for the recipe, so I decided to share it today…

They are so simple and quick to make and fit into a variety of diets – keto, low carb, Whole30 (without the butter), paleo, whole foods, etc.  They are also very flavorful.  The avocado keeps the turkey from tasting dry and bland.  For me, these are perfect, because it’s hard for me to eat enough protein in a day.

Here’s a little video showing how they are made…

I like to use a little butter in the pan mixed with the olive oil, because it adds flavor and helps with the browning.  You can always skip that, though!

The key to cooking burgers of any sort is to put them in a preheated pan and don’t touch them!  Don’t press on them with your spatula or poke them with a fork or fidget with them.  Just leave them alone and let them cook until it’s time to flip them.

You can eat these as traditional burgers on a bun or you can eat it on its own with the toppings of your choice.  I like to top mine with a little bit of mayo and a pile of arugula.  I also like a couple of cheese slices to add a little to each bite.

It’s a quick & filling lunch or dinner.  And, one of the best parts is that they store well in the fridge and don’t dry out when reheated in the microwave.  It makes them a perfect make-ahead meal.

Here is the printable recipe for those interested…

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Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Turkey Avocado Burgers

Prep Time10 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ground pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • butter (optional)

Instructions

  • Put ground turkey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large bowl
  • dice the avocado and add to bowl
  • gently mix ingredients together and form into 8 patties
  • preheat skillet with olive oil and butter (butter is optional, but helps with browning and adds flavor.)
  • Cook 4 patties at a time, 5-6 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the middle.
turkey avocado burgers

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15 Comments on “turkey avocado burgers”

  1. Turkey burgers can be amazing if they are done right. I love avocado so trying this one sounds great! I have a great recipe for Asian turkey burgers. It has one ingredient that isn’t healthy, but they are awesome. Turkey, egg, water chestnuts, bread crumbs, teriyaki baste and glaze sauce, hot sauce, ginger and French’s French fried onions. These can also be eaten without a bun. Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Those look amazing… I’ve always used the avocados as a topper but never put them inside the burger… I must try your way next time. I’m happy you mentioned Noon too, who wouldn’t like to be 20 pounds lighter. Still thinking if noon or WW will be the one I try. For now I’ve gotten back to a more leisure type of exercising and am happy with the Pilates Club I’ve joined and started…

  3. These look yummy!!!! Still think a cookbook is in your future… it’d be amazing. I will have to try this recipe as a morning protein. I work 5am-130pm and “lunch” is at 9am… it’s been a struggle finding a semi healthy protein in the mornings and this could work! Thank you!

  4. We make a version of turkey burgers also. Something we tweaked over time. Turkey, bread crumbs, chopped dates, walnuts, mix of spices (cumin, cinnamon, curry) . We make a large batch and freeze them on cookie sheets then store in zip lock bags. They are wonderful easy supper. I love the idea of serving you burgers open face with Arugula over.

  5. You can use ghee for the butter flavor and still be whole30 compliant. It’s also known as clarified butter. Looks yummy.

  6. 5 stars
    I have discovered that you can buy Dole frozen diced avocado. Perfect for my needs and no waste.
    I might try it with ground chicken instead. Thank you.

  7. That little bit of fat from the olive oil and butter/ghee is helpful in making this delectable meal even more satisfying!

  8. Yum! I’ve always added mashed avocado on top of the turkey burger sover some melted cheese and all over a bed of arugula. I like to add green chili, chopped cilantro, and a litlle cumin too. Haven’t tried the avocado in the burger before. I will have to give it a try!

  9. I have been contemplating Noom myself. I have done WW before but am wondering how Noom works and if it’ll work with my life. Any info you could share would be helpful…..

    1. I’ll do a review on Noom at some point. I liked it better than WW, because it was steering you towards healthy food choices, not just playing a points game. Like WW, it’s flexible and liveable, though. You do track, but they make it very easy to do so.

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