Grilled Guacamole Turkey Burgers

Flavorful grilled turkey burgers become a real favorite when topped with creamy guacamole and sprigs of fresh cilantro. Serve them with spicy oven-fried potato wedges and oil and vinegar dressed cole slaw for a quick, economical weeknight meal.

Grilled Guacamole Turkey Burgers

Grilled Guacamole Turkey Burgers

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Well-seasoned turkey burgers, grilled and served on a soft bun, topped with spicy guacamole and sprigs of fresh cilantro make a delicious, economical weeknight dinner.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon spicy seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Mexican queso blanco
  • 4 soft rolls (onion or hamburger)
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs

For the guacamole:

  • 2 ripe Haas avocados, peeled and mashed
  • 1 medium tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, minced
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to a medium-high temperature (about 400°F).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, garlic, shallot, lime juice, honey or agave nectar, cornmeal, salt, spicy seasoning blend, pepper, chopped cilantro, and shredded cheese.
  3. Form into 4 equally-sized patties, transfer to a plate and chill for 15 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the mashed avocado, chopped tomato, green onions, garlic, minced jalapeños, and lime juice.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  6. Line the grates of the grill with a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil that's large enough to accommodate the burgers with a few inches between them.
  7. Poke a few small drainage holes in the foil with the tines of a grilling fork, then brush the surface with a bit of vegetable oil.
  8. Add the burgers and grill until you see juices start to accumulate on the top of the meat, approximately 4 minutes.
  9. Carefully flip them over and grill until cooked through and the juices are running clear, an additional 4 to 5 minutes.
  10. Transfer to a plate and allow to rest while you prepare the buns.
  11. To serve, place a burger on each bun, top with guacamole and sprigs of fresh cilantro.


Recipe Notes:

The secret to great turkey burgers is to make sure that everything is very well seasoned as ground turkey tends to be a bit bland and dry. The small amount of cornmeal in the meat mixture helps to retain moisture during cooking and the grated cheese adds a tender, creamy texture.

Turkey burgers are a little more fragile than beef burgers, that's why we choose to grill them on foil. It prevents them from breaking apart if they stick to the grates.

Spicy Oven-Fried Potato Wedges:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Quarter some new potatoes and toss them with a bit of olive oil to coat. Season with salt, pepper and your favorite Southwest-style seasoning blend. Roast for about 15 to 18 minutes, until the potatoes turn light golden brown in color and a little bit crispy.