Cheddar Turkey Burgers with Mashed Avocado




These family-friendly burgers get an added kick of flavor (and juiciness) thanks to grated cheese and onion, plus a generous dollop of mashed avocado.


Canola oil, for the grate

1 avocado, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Kosher salt and ground pepper

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey, preferably dark meat

4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (about 1 cup)

1/2 small red onion, half grated and half thinly sliced

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split

  • Heat grill to medium-high. Once it is hot, clean the grill grate with a wire brush. Just before grilling, oil the grate.
  • Mix together the avocado, lime juice, and small bowl until combined.
  • Gently mix together the turkey, Cheddar, grated onion, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper with your hands in a medium bowl until just combined. From the turkey mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. Use your fingers to make a shallow well in the top of each patty (this will prevent over-plumping during cooking).
  • Grill the burgers until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165•F, about 6 to 8 minutes each side.  Grill the buns, split side down, until toasted, 5 to 10 seconds each side.
  • Stack the burgers, sliced onion, and avocado mixture between the buns.

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