As a born and raised California girl, I can't resist California-ing all of my favorite recipes.
What makes a recipe California-fied?
Two main things:
Avocado. + Sprouts.
Add those two items to anything, and it's officially the California version.
So obviously, burgers were on the agenda for a California spin.
These California Turkey Burgers have tons of delicious additions:
- They're turkey instead of beef, for a lighter spin on things
- The patties are loaded with fresh herbs. Basil, parsley, and lemon zest liven things up.
- Topped with Monterey Jack cheese. For milder creamy flavor and texture.
- Loaded with fresh vegetables. Cucumber, tomato, onion, sprouts, etc.
- Mounded with creamy avocado mashed with a little mayo, garlic powder, and hot sauce.
- Piled onto a brioche bun for an extra hardy burger.
Once the patties are formed, they only cook for 7 minutes on each side. Then you can enjoy their deliciousness mounded on a sturdy brioche bun.
California Turkey BurgersPrint
- 1 pound ground turkey (93% lean)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup minced parsley
- ¼ cup minced basil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Canola oil, for brushing
- 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
- 4 brioche hamburger buns
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Thick tomato slices
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Cucumber slices
For Avocado Spread:
- 2 avocados, diced
- 2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- A few dashes of Tapatio hot sauce
- Place the turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add the salt, pepper, parsley, basil, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon zest. Use your hands to mix well, and then form into 4 patties.
- Heat a cast iron grill pan over high heat. Brush both sides of the burgers with canola oil, then grill for about 7 minutes per side. When you flip the burgers onto the second side, let cook for 2 minutes, then top with Monterey Jack cheese and let it melt while the burgers finish cooking.
- When the burgers are done cooking, remove them from the grill and let rest while you prepare the avocado spread.
- To make the avocado spread, place the diced avocado in a bowl along with the mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt, and Tapatio. Mash well with a fork until smooth.
- When you're ready to eat, spread some mustard on each bottom bun, top each with a turkey patty, tomato, onion, cucumber, and sprouts. Spread a generous amount of the avocado spread on each top bun, and top each of your burgers. Serve right away.