Taco Turkey Burgers with Avocado

Taco Turkey Burgers | windykitchen

The other day, I found this cool feature on Prevention Magazine’s website. They take two mostly-similar and mostly-healthy foods, line up their nutrition data, and declare a champion.

Cool right? Some of these I really appreciated. I was psyched to learn, for example, that quinoa is healthier than brown rice, because not only do I like quinoa better, but it also cooks much faster than brown rice. Apparently sweet potatoes and regular potatoes are a tie, and (in a shocking upset) whole eggs beat egg whites. Crazy, right?

Anyway, these were a lot of fun for some foods, but for others it seemed…less than helpful. Apparently broccoli beat cauliflower, but is that really a reason to eat less cauliflower? I guess that’s one potential problem with stuff like this…it might talk you out of eating lots of healthy stuff!

One final face-off for you? Veggie burgers and turkey burgers. Apparently veggie burgers won, but ugh. Veggie burgers.

Turkey burgers, though…

Taco Turkey Burgers | windykitchen

TACO TURKEY BURGERS WITH AVOCADO (slightly adapted from Climbing Grier Mountain)

1 pound ground turkey
1 tbsp olive oil (optional)
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
juice of 1/2 lime (or more to taste)
4-6 buns, depending on how big you make your patties
other desired toppings (lettuce, tomato, cheese, etc.)

1. In large bowl, combine first eight ingredients (turkey through salt and pepper. I omitted the olive oil, but your burgers will be moist-er if you don’t). Form turkey mixture into 4-6 patties, depending on how big you like them.
2. Heat skillet coated with nonstick spray over medium-high heat. Brown the turkey patties until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side (you may have to work in batches).
3. Meanwhile, combine avocado, lime juice, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Mash up until well combined.
4. Serve burgers on buns with mashed avocado and any other desired toppings.

Nice and spicy, just how I like it! The mashed avocado was a nice contrast to the spicy burgers, too. I used lean turkey and omitted the oil, so mine weren’t as juicy as they could’ve been, but you can adjust that to your liking.

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