California Turkey Burgers

California Turkey Burger

As a born and raised California girl, I can’t resist California-ing all of my favorite recipes.

Take this delicious California Cobb Salad or Avocado Hemp Seed Pesto, for example.

What makes a recipe California-fied?

Two main things:

Avocado. + Sprouts.

Add those two items to anything, and it’s officially the California version.

California Turkey Burger with Avocado and Sprouts

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 Burger with Creamy Avocado and Alfalfa Sprouts

 

California Turkey Burgers
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 


Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey (93% lean)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1/4 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
For topping:
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Thick tomato slices
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Cucumber slices
  • Mustard
For Avocado Spread:
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • A few dashes of Tapatio hot sauce
Instructions
  1. 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. 

  2. 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. 

  3. When the burgers are done cooking, remove them from the grill and let rest while you prepare the avocado spread.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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