Avocado Turkey Burgers

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!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!

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Avocado Turkey Burgers

Serves: 4 people
5 from 8 votes
Total Time20 mins


  • 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!


  • Reply
    May 13, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    5 stars
    These are delicious/ so flavorful and moist. I didn’t have any mayo so subbed with ranch- they turned out perfectly.

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    May 13, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    5 stars
    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!

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    May 5, 2021 at 1:35 am

    5 stars
    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!

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    May 3, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    5 stars
    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.

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      May 3, 2021 at 6:31 pm


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    May 3, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    5 stars
    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,

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      May 3, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      Wow!!! That makes me so happy to hear!!

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    April 28, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    5 stars
    Made these last night. They were so tasty!

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    April 27, 2021 at 12:20 am

    5 stars
    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!

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    April 26, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely perfect! Juicy and flavorful. Even my incredibly picky 6 year old loved them! Thank you, Alex!!

    • Reply
      April 26, 2021 at 5:17 pm


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    Alex Stroud
    April 19, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Can you use regular flour?

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    April 19, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Can these be made on the grill or will they be too drippy/wet?

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      April 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      too drippy/wet!

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    April 19, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Can you sub something other than mayo for this?

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      April 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      Not that i’ve tried! it’s really what keeps them moist!

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        April 20, 2021 at 11:46 am

        Would ground chicken work in this recipe?

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          April 20, 2021 at 12:10 pm

          yes, it should work similarly to ground turkey

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        May 10, 2021 at 6:56 pm

        Would vegan mayo work in place of regular?

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          May 10, 2021 at 9:26 pm


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    April 18, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    These sound great. Quick question…what does the tapioca flour do?

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      April 19, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      It looks like it’s used as a binder.

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      April 19, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      yes, exactly! it is a binder.

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        April 19, 2021 at 6:18 pm

        Any substitute suggestions if you don’t have tapioca flour?

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          April 20, 2021 at 12:11 pm

          arrowroot or cassava would be my next picks. Then last, plain breadcrumbs.

          • Brynne
            April 23, 2021 at 3:44 pm

            Hey Alex!! Would regular flour work?

          • Alex
            April 23, 2021 at 4:46 pm

            plain breadcrumbs would be a better option!

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