04.18.21

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!

Ginger and Peanut Butter Ground Turkey Stir-Fry

Turkey and White Bean Chili

Turkey, Green Bean + Basil Stir Fry

Avocado Turkey Burgers

Serves: 4 people
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5 from 13 votes
Total Time20 mins

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

41 Comments

  • Reply
    Pam
    September 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.

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    Katie
    September 6, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Can you make the patties ahead and store in the fridge for the next day?

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    Melissa Walton
    August 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?

    • Reply
      Alex
      August 29, 2021 at 9:15 pm

      I think breadcrumbs would be best here! 🙂

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    August 19, 2021 at 2:08 am

    5 stars
    Fabulous recipe! I used arrowroot instead of tapioca and it worked great. It was juicy even without the avocado. Highly recommend!

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    Sara
    August 8, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    5 stars
    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!

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    Erika
    July 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!

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    Allison
    June 4, 2021 at 3:13 am

    5 stars
    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!

    • Reply
      Alex
      June 4, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      Allison- thank you for the glowing review!! xoxo so glad you like them!

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    Lauren
    May 20, 2021 at 5:14 am

    5 stars
    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!

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    KatinKY
    May 18, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    5 stars
    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 😉

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 19, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      haha, it’s a great word when describing foods!

  • Reply
    Laura
    May 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!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    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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    Margaret
    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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    Hannah
    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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    Shannon
    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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      Alex
      May 3, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      yay!!!

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    David
    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,

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 3, 2021 at 3:21 pm

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

  • Reply
    Mary
    April 28, 2021 at 1:46 pm

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

  • Reply
    Claire
    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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    Erin
    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
      Alex
      April 26, 2021 at 5:17 pm

      yay!!

  • Reply
    Alex Stroud
    April 19, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Can you use regular flour?

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    Jenna
    April 19, 2021 at 5:45 pm

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

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      too drippy/wet!

  • Reply
    Robyn
    April 19, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Can you sub something other than mayo for this?

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm

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

      • Reply
        Jennie
        April 20, 2021 at 11:46 am

        Would ground chicken work in this recipe?

        • Reply
          Alex
          April 20, 2021 at 12:10 pm

          yes, it should work similarly to ground turkey

      • Reply
        Johanna
        May 10, 2021 at 6:56 pm

        Would vegan mayo work in place of regular?

        • Reply
          Alex
          May 10, 2021 at 9:26 pm

          definitely!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    April 18, 2021 at 9:52 pm

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

    • Reply
      Caitlin
      April 19, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      It looks like it’s used as a binder.

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 19, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      yes, exactly! it is a binder.

      • Reply
        Carlie
        April 19, 2021 at 6:18 pm

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

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          Alex
          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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          Andrea K Tettleton
          May 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!

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