Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cilantro Lime Turkey Burgers

Do you know what is missing from these burgers? AVOCADO!!!! I am so disappointed, maybe even mad? I bought a bag of avocados this week and only 2 out of 6 were edible. I cut open the last two trying to find one for these burgers and both were black inside. I was ready to just eat and forget the post but pressed on with photos. I am so glad I did because the truth be known, it doesn't matter what the toppings are the burger is the star. This is the second time I have made these burgers, and the lime zest is what makes it a Fiesta in your mouth. The turkey and lime combo is fresh, bright and flavorful. The mayo even the little bit used keeps them so moist. Don't get me wrong the avocado is so delicious with this burger. It is the creamy component, but I found it was still delicious without it. The burger has so much flavor it could easily adapt to Mexican, Thai or Vietnamese toppings and flavors. Dear sister thought they were amazing and it was her idea to try some Thai toppings next time. She is just crazy for Thai Style Peanut Dipping Sauce and we plan to try it with these Turkey burgers real soon. The good news is they reheat well. So you could have them with avocado and pico tonight and Thai style tomorrow. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we did.

Cilantro Lime Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 servings


20 oz. ground turkey (93% lean)
Zest of 1 lime
1 Tbsp. light mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped
Kosher salt, black and red pepper, to taste
Olive oil
8 slices of pepper jack (or colby jack) cheese
1 Avocado, peeled and sliced
4 Lettuce leaves
4 Hamburger Buns


Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients gently. Shape mixture into 4 patties, making the patties thinner in the middle then the edge. Coat hands in a little olive oil and rub on the outside of each patty.

Grill, covered with grill lid, 6 to 7 minutes. Flip burger and grill covered for another 4 minutes. Top each burger with 2 slices. Continue to cook 2 minutes until cooked through and cheese is melted. Place hamburger buns on the top rack of the grill to toast while cheese is melting. Serve on hamburger buns with sliced avocado, lettuce and Pico de Gallo.

Linking to:
Ms. enPlace: See Ya in the Gumbo
The Tumbleweed Contessa: What'd You Do This Weekend?
Jam Hands: Recipe Sharing Monday
Mary's Kitchen: Tuesdays with a Twist
Family Home and Life: Wow Us Wednesday
Bun In My Oven: What's Cookin' Wednesday
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop
Miz Helen's Country Cottage: Full Plate Thursday
Turnips 2 Tangerines: Four Seasons Blog Hop
Horrific Knits: Inspired Weekends
My Turn For Us: Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends
Carole's Chatter: Food on Friday - Coriander, chervil & chives


  1. I've run into a lot of problems lately with avocados. And they aren't exactly cheap either! Lime zest in a turkey burger sounds perfect. I've added lemon zest to beef burgers before and although it sounds odd, it was awesome. Thank you for sharing, Denise. If you try the Thai version you'll have to post it too.

  2. I love turkey burgers and I love your new take on them. I've never thought of added lime before but it looks fantastic. I can hardly wait to try. Thanks for the inspiration. Visiting from Miz Helen's - so glad to find your beautiful blog :)

    1. Thanks so much Robyn! I love meeting new people. So glad you stopped by. I am off to visit you.

  3. Hi Denise,
    I just love the seasons for your fabulous burger! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Hope to see you again this week!
    Mary @ Back to the Basics

  5. Hi Denise~ Thanks for sharing your great turkey burger with us on Four Seasons Blog Hop! I haven't made turkey burgers in forever, and these would be great on the grill:) Thanks again~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines


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