Turkey Burger with a Twist

Behold a delicious turkey burger with a twist. Mixing nutrient-dense vegetables into the burgers and topping it with guacamole makes this particularly flavorful and interesting. This is a highly requested meal at our house from the kids. You can thank me later. Enjoy!


2 portobello mushrooms, finely diced

4 tbsp olive or avocado oil, divided, plus more for greasing your hands

1 bell pepper, finely diced

1/2 large sweet onion, finely diced

1 lb organic ground turkey meat

1 egg

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp cracked black pepper

lettuce, for serving

sliced tomato, for serving

sliced red onion, for serving

guacamole, for serving


Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. Add two tablespoons oil and heat until shimmering. Add the mushrooms to the oil and sauté, stirring occasionally, until they’ve released their water content and are browned and crispy, about 10 minutes.

Add the diced bell peppers and onions to the skillet and stir to combine. Continue to sauté, stirring occasionally, until the peppers and onions are just barely soft, about 5 minutes.

Remove the vegetables from heat and set aside until they’re cool enough to handle (about 5 minutes).

In a mixing bowl, combine the sautéed vegetables with the ground turkey, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix gently with your hands until the veggies are evenly distributed through the turkey meat.

Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet or cutting board large enough to fit 6 burger patties.

Rub a bit of oil into your hands. Dive the mixture into 6 equal portions, then form into patties. Re-oil your hands as needed so that you can form the patties without the meat sticking to your hands.

Wipe out the cast iron skillet and place over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat until it shimmers. Place three turkey burgers into the cast iron skillet, leaving space in-between. Sauté five minutes, or until a good crust forms and you meet little resistance when attempting to flip. Flip the burgers, then sauté on the remaining side for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the burgers from the skillet and repeat with the remaining patties.

Build your burger. Place several lettuce slices onto a plate, then place the tomato and a burger on top of the lettuce. Top the burger with red onion and guacamole. Serve immediately.

Serves 6