It's A Keeper: Turkey Loco Burgers with Chunky Guacamole

I know what you must be thinking when you look at the picture at left of Turkey Loco Burgers with Chunky Guacamole: would you like some burger with your guacamole? But just remember that avocados are good fat! That was my husband's burger and let's just say he wasn't afraid of piling the guacamole on, shall we? You can find this recipe in Rachael's first cookbook: 30-Minute Meals (it's not posted online).

These burgers are a summer staple for us. The recipe was among the first few Rachael Ray recipes I tried and these were the first turkey burgers I had ever made. They certainly set the bar high. These burgers turn out moist and flavorful and serve as the perfect vehicle for the chunky guacamole. I have to resist making these every time avocados are on sale (which is pretty often here in California).

I served the burgers with Sweet Potato Terra Chips and a green salad. Here's the recipe with my comments in brackets:

Turkey Loco Burgers

1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Chopped fresh oregano - a handful of leaves
1/4 onion, grated
Juice of 1 lime
A few shakes of hot pepper sauce (Red Hot or Tabasco)
Coarse salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

Chunky Guacamole:

2 avocados
1/4 medium Spanish onion, grated
1 jalapeno or serrano hot chili pepper, minced (from the bulk variety pepper bin in the produce section) [I prefer hot sauce in my guac, so I substitute that for the chili pepper]
Coarse salt, to taste
1 plum tomato, seeded and diced

4 crusty rolls, split
Romaine lettuce

Combine turkey and next 6 ingredients. Form into 4 patties and grill over medium-high gas heat or charcoal for 6 minutes on each side. [I don't know what kind of grilling there is other than gas or charcoal, but this is one of her older cookbooks, so we'll cut her some slack.]

While the burgers are cooking, mash the avocados with onion, chili pepper, salt and tomato - leave it chunky.

Place each burger on a bun and pile it with chunky guacamole and a piece of romaine. Feeds 4 with tortilla chips and a summer salad of tomatoes and onions. [I'm not into tomato and onion salad, so I serve it with a green salad and sweet potato chips.]


  1. Mercy sakes, I love guacamole too, but fat is fat, and a calorie is a calorie, and 3500 of them still add up to a pound of weight gain. When your organs are being squeezed by excess fat, they won't care if it came from avocados, olive oil, or Grandma Utz potato chips.

  2. Well, Anony, these burgers are made with extra lean ground turkey breast and served on whole wheat buns. Plus, the avocado is mixed with onions and tomatoes. One avocado has about 300 calories, so even if my husband put an entire avocado on his burger, it still isn't that bad. Everybody needs fat and the good fat, in moderation, is a good choice!

  3. anony is obvious an idiot when it comes to eating healthy and my guess is eating foods like healthy choice meals which are loaded with preservatives and sodium. news flash avocados are actually really good for your body, skin and hair. They are also REALLY good for your heart. Maybe you should make these burgers it sounds like you know little about nutrition so therefore are not really getting any!!!!!

  4. Tried them and loved them. Making them again tonight. I use the pita style buns to make it more interesting

  5. fat isn't fat. all fats are not alike. avocado and olive oil are not the same as utz chips.


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