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Guacamole Turkey Burgers with Pepperjack Cheese

These juicy turkey burgers, topped with freshly made pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese and a healthy dose of guacamole, are absolutely not to be missed!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Servings: 4 people
Author: Gaby Dalkin


For the Guacamole:

  • 3 ripe Hass avocados
  • cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeño
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For the Pico

  • 1 ½ pounds ripe tomatoes cut into ¼- to ½-inch dice
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ large white onion finely diced (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 to 2 jalapeño chilies finely diced (seeds and membranes removed for a milder salsa)
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice from 1 lime

For the Turkey Burger

  • 1 ⅓ pounds ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ small red bell pepper seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 Brioche Buns
  • 4 slices Pepper Jack Cheese


For the Guacamole

  • Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place the avocado flesh into a bowl.
  • Add the lemon juice, lime juice, red onion, chives, jalapeño, salt and pepper. Mash with a fork until half smooth and creamy. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.

For the Pico

  • In a large bowl combine the diced tomatoes, white onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lime juice. Gently toss to combine. Taste and season with salt as needed. Add extra jalapeño if you want a bit more zip.

For the Turkey Burger

  • In a bowl combine turkey, garlic, shallot, cilantro, bell pepper, jalapeno, cumin, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 4 equal sections then form the mixture into equal sized patties. Drizzle the patties with vegetable oil. Place a skillet over medium high heat and cook the turkey burgers for 5 to 6 minutes on each side until no pink remains in the center. In the last minute or two of cooking, add the sliced cheese over the patties and allow the cheese to melt.


The trick to juicy and flavorful turkey burgers is to make sure you buy a package that is light and dark meat mixed.


Calories: 916kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 639mg | Potassium: 1787mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3535IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 4mg