Even if you traditionally are not a fan of turkey burgers or ground turkey in general, I promise you will love these Avocado Turkey Burgers!
Turkey burgers get a bad rep and, honestly, that is for good reason. They are typically dry, lack flavor, and just are not exciting at all compared to traditional beef burgers. I agree, trust me. I’ve always been an anti-turkey burger girl myself — until now!
I’ve finally mastered the perfect turkey burger. The trick? Adding a little dollop of mayo into the mixture. The mayo adds an extra layer of fat that is needed to keep the burgers moist and delicious — and never dry!!
For these Avocado Turkey Burgers, I’ve also layered in some delicious spices like chili powder, cumin, and oregano that pair so beautifully with the creamy avocado and pepper jack cheese. The flavor isn’t overwhelming, but just a subtle touch to really make these the best turkey burgers.
You can also keep this recipe low carb by simply serving these turkey burgers over a nice salad or sub in lettuce leaves for the bun. Or, keep it classic and serve in brioche buns as I did here with my favorite brioche buns from Whole Foods, so good!
Want more recipes using ground turkey that actually rock? Here are a few of my favorites!
Ginger and Peanut Butter Ground Turkey Stir-Fry
Turkey, Green Bean + Basil Stir Fry
Avocado Turkey Burgers
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 tbsp mayo
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 2-3 tbsp tapioca flour
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 avocado pitted and sliced
- 4 sliced pepper-jack cheese optional, if using
- 4 brioche buns for serving
- Your desired hamburger toppings for serving
- In a large bowl, combine the turkey, mayo, salt, pepper, chili powder, dried oregano, cumin, and 2 tablespoons of tapioca flour. Using your hands, mix until the meat is just combined and the ingredients are evenly distributed. The meat should be a little ‘wet’ feeling compared to traditional beef patties; however, this helps keep the turkey meat from drying out. If your meat is too ‘wet’ to form into 4 equal-sized patties, add 1 additional tablespoon of tapioca to help bind the meat.
- When your patties are formed, heat the avocado oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. When hot, carefully place the patties into the oil and cook until golden brown on each side and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.
- Turn off the heat and place 2-3 slices of avocado on top of each patty. Then, place a slice of pepper jack cheese over the sliced avocado. Cover the skillet to allow the cheese to just melt, 3-4 more minutes.
- Serve on brioche buns with your favorite hamburger toppings! Alternatively, these patties are delicious served on top of a salad, or wrapped with lettuce leaves! Enjoy!
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AndreaAugust 16, 2022 at 1:40 am
These are delicious and quick to make! This is one of our go-to recipes and never disappoints.
RebeccaJune 3, 2022 at 7:35 pm
Love these burgers!!!! They’re a staple in our house! Don’t even miss the beef! I’m curious— what fat content do you recommend/should I be using for this recipe? I got a higher fat lb of Turkey so thinking I need to omit the Mayo this time..
AlexJune 6, 2022 at 8:45 pm
I usually always add mayo to turkey burgers, regardless!
EffieMay 4, 2022 at 11:40 pm
I’ve made these a few times and they are divine! I’m currently sitting at working just day dreaming about eating them for dinner tonight. I will make these forever and ever. SO GOOD.
AlexMay 4, 2022 at 11:52 pm
Aw yay!! Thanks for leaving the comment and review!! and so glad you love.
AshleighApril 19, 2022 at 2:15 am
Delicious! I used arrowroot instead of tapioca, worked great. The mixture didn’t feel too wet/drippy- will try on the grill next time!
PamSeptember 7, 2021 at 8:55 pm
My husband wasn’t thrilled to have turkey burgers on Labor Day—until he bit into these! The little dab of mayo made all the difference, plus the wonderful spices. Will make again and again.
MelanieApril 7, 2022 at 8:22 pm
Made these many times! Delicious!
KatieSeptember 6, 2021 at 7:48 pm
Can you make the patties ahead and store in the fridge for the next day?
Melissa WaltonAugust 28, 2021 at 3:59 pm
Hello there, I’m going to be making this for dinner this week- could I sub regular gluten free flour or would breadcrumbs be a better option?
AlexAugust 29, 2021 at 9:15 pm
I think breadcrumbs would be best here! 🙂
StephanieAugust 19, 2021 at 2:08 am
Fabulous recipe! I used arrowroot instead of tapioca and it worked great. It was juicy even without the avocado. Highly recommend!
SaraAugust 8, 2021 at 11:14 pm
What the heck?! This was FABULOUS! I never liked turkey burgers before but these are amazing. And so easy! Going in the rotation… well done!
ErikaJuly 13, 2021 at 12:06 am
These were so, so good. I was exhausted today after work and these came together so easy. They were so flavorful and didn’t dry out even though I overlooked them a bit. Thanks for an awesome weeknight meal!
AllisonJune 4, 2021 at 3:13 am
I have made these 4 or 5 times since this recipe was posted and they are easily the best turkey burger i’ve ever had! they are SO good- full of flavor and moist- and SO easy to make! i get compliments about how good they are every time i make them! just made them again tonight and finally had to come back and leave a glowing review! also, i have made mine on the grill several times now and they’ve turned out perfect! i didn’t have any issues with them being too wet. great recipe, thank you, alex!
AlexJune 4, 2021 at 12:04 pm
Allison- thank you for the glowing review!! xoxo so glad you like them!
LaurenMay 20, 2021 at 5:14 am
So easy, flavorful, and juicy! I love this recipe and will be sending it to all of my family and friends.
My husband and I toasted some brioche buns in butter before putting the patty on them and it was fabulous. I would give this more than 5 stars if I could!
KatinKYMay 18, 2021 at 10:58 pm
These are the best turkey burgers I’ve ever made! So flavorful and the opposite of dry….trying not to use the word “moist” but that’s what these are 😉
AlexMay 19, 2021 at 12:19 pm
haha, it’s a great word when describing foods!
Hayley HarperApril 7, 2022 at 7:55 pm
The only Turkey burgers my husband looks forward to!
LauraMay 16, 2021 at 11:29 pm
I made these for the first time tonight and it was so good! Usually not a ground turkey fan but this was excellent!
LisaMay 13, 2021 at 10:49 pm
These are delicious/ so flavorful and moist. I didn’t have any mayo so subbed with ranch- they turned out perfectly.
MargaretMay 13, 2021 at 6:33 pm
These are delicious! I have made them twice now and plan to make them again tonight due to family request! I did use regular flour (1 tsp) in place of tapioca flour (did not see comment about breadcrumbs) and they turned out great, did not fall apart. Also used half turkey, half pork because that’s what I had on hand. Can’t wait to have them again!
HannahMay 5, 2021 at 1:35 am
Easily the best turkey burger I’ve ever had! The spices gave it an interesting (in a good way!) twist compared to a regular burger and the Mayo kept it moist! Winner for sure….and so easy!
ShannonMay 3, 2021 at 5:53 pm
These were amazing! Most turkey burgers I have made dry up and fall apart, but these were moist and delicious. They are very sticky when forming the patties, but they cook perfectly. They were so easy to make and will definitely be my go-to turkey burgers now.
AlexMay 3, 2021 at 6:31 pm
DavidMay 3, 2021 at 2:04 pm
We made this last night and we’re, well, blown away. Everyone, described it as “the best burger they’ve ever had.” I bought more ground turkey right away to do this again. I think it will be in the rotation forever. Amazing,
AlexMay 3, 2021 at 3:21 pm
Wow!!! That makes me so happy to hear!!
MaryApril 28, 2021 at 1:46 pm
Made these last night. They were so tasty!
ClaireApril 27, 2021 at 12:20 am
These are delicious! Don’t sleep on this turkey burger. My beef burger loving husband and my two year old devoured them. So flavorful and juicy. Definitely making again!
ErinApril 26, 2021 at 3:29 pm
Absolutely perfect! Juicy and flavorful. Even my incredibly picky 6 year old loved them! Thank you, Alex!!
AlexApril 26, 2021 at 5:17 pm
Alex StroudApril 19, 2021 at 9:44 pm
Can you use regular flour?
JennaApril 19, 2021 at 5:45 pm
Can these be made on the grill or will they be too drippy/wet?
AlexApril 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm
RobynApril 19, 2021 at 5:37 pm
Can you sub something other than mayo for this?
AlexApril 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm
Not that i’ve tried! it’s really what keeps them moist!
JennieApril 20, 2021 at 11:46 am
Would ground chicken work in this recipe?
AlexApril 20, 2021 at 12:10 pm
yes, it should work similarly to ground turkey
JohannaMay 10, 2021 at 6:56 pm
Would vegan mayo work in place of regular?
AlexMay 10, 2021 at 9:26 pm
AmandaApril 18, 2021 at 9:52 pm
These sound great. Quick question…what does the tapioca flour do?
CaitlinApril 19, 2021 at 4:44 pm
It looks like it’s used as a binder.
AlexApril 19, 2021 at 5:25 pm
yes, exactly! it is a binder.
CarlieApril 19, 2021 at 6:18 pm
Any substitute suggestions if you don’t have tapioca flour?
AlexApril 20, 2021 at 12:11 pm
arrowroot or cassava would be my next picks. Then last, plain breadcrumbs.
BrynneApril 23, 2021 at 3:44 pm
Hey Alex!! Would regular flour work?
AlexApril 23, 2021 at 4:46 pm
plain breadcrumbs would be a better option!
ChristinaJune 22, 2022 at 4:02 pm
These burgers did not disappoint! My husband usually does not like ground turkey anything but he loved these!
Andrea K TettletonMay 19, 2021 at 8:34 pm
I just made these on Tuesday using arrowroot because I didn’t have tapioca on hand, and it worked just fine! They were absolutely delicious!