Wednesday, March 5

Delicious & Healthy Turkey Avocado Burgers

Hi there. Happy Wednesday to you. I am back! I have missed writing here and sharing fun things to eat. My almost-month long absence on my blog was caused by huge things happening around my house... surgery, and a few other fun things. 

First weekends full of truck shopping....  long weekends of truck shopping. But trust me after YEARS of my sweet hard working husband driving an almost broken-down, used, and loved on van for almost 10 years, he really deserved a cool HUGE looking truck. Silver, F150 king cab with a short bed. Yeah bragging just a little. Ten years is a long time of small trying repairs trying to keep that van. just. barely. going. 

Then redoing the front yard.... tearing out the grass/weeds and putting in a pretty dessert front with golden, redish orange, sunset colored rocks. 

Feeling better after my surgery... thanks for asking. Still on lots of meds but doing well. I am enjoying the nice Arizona spring time! Be jealous of me so I can be jealous of you later when you have nice cooler summer temps and can actually go outside in July; instead of hiding in the a.c. conditioned house, play areas, public libraries, and anyplace you can take kids without disturbing others too much. 

So in honor me feeling better enough to try some new things... Heres a twist on the chicken avocado burger I made a month or so ago. It is moist and flavorful lean ground turkey avocado burgers. Perfect quick solution for school nights and also something to surprise friends with on your bbq once it warms up in your area. No one will guess how healthy it is, or that its turkey - ground turkey usually being dry, overcooked, and boring.  Enjoy!  

Also posted and linked to some other great recipes with other bloggers at Whats Cooking Wednesday.

serves 3-4 
prep + cooking time: approx 20 minutes 

1 Tb olive oil
1/2 avocado, sliced into 8-9 chunks 
1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped baby spinach, arugula blend
1 lb. lean ground turkey (93% lean, 7% fat)
Toppings: buns, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, more avocado if you are an avocado lover like me, mustard, ketchup, ect...  

I used mayo, thick slices of cheddar, some more spinach instead of lettuce and a few more slices of avocado as seen in the picture. My boys did more standard ketchup, cheddar, and a few slices of pickles. Trust me my husband who isn't fond of avocado ate it, didn't notice the avocados, and thought it was great. Enjoy those healthy fats and let it really flavor up your burgers! 

1.Combine everything in a large bowl. Don't smash the avocado into the meat. Keep the chunks for pretty presentation and fun contrasting textures.
2.Separate the meat into four even sized patties (aiming for 1/4 lb each burger)
3.Sprinkle the tops of each patty with salt and pepper. 
If cooking on the stove, use a 1/2- 1 Tbs of olive oil in the skillet to help the lean turkey start. 
If grilling brush the oil directly on the burger so it doesn't stick. 
4.Salt and pepper the tops of each patty. 
5.Heat your cooking medium. You want that nice sizzle and crust that comes from having good heat from the beginning. 
6.Put the salt and pepper sides face down on your grill or skillet
7.Cook until done. Approx 6-10 minutes on each side depending on your heat level. Just keep an eye on it. 
8. Serve with your favorite burger toppings and sides such as green salad, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, fresh cut veggies and ranch, ect. 

Enjoy Spring
From my kitchen to yours!

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