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Friday, February 26, 2010

Guacamole Turkey Burger

Apparently it's Mexican week on my blog! :)

Bob has wanted me to do a Red Robin copycat burger for a long time. If you've never been to Red Robin, they have tons of varieties of burgers, including turkey burgers and "chicken burgers" as they call them (it's an actual chicken breast, not ground chicken). Bob's favorites are the two with guacamole. I've recently been eating more avocados after avoiding them for a while because they made my mouth itch, strange I know. I looked at the Red Robin menu online and decided I would pick elements of the Santa Fe Burger and turn it into the ultimate turkey burger.

I made Alton Brown's Guacamole and topped the burger with Monterey Jack cheese (Pepper Jack would have been amazing but we didn't have any), sour cream, fresh chopped tomatoes, and chipotle mayonnaise. I knew I would like this burger -what's not to like?- but I had no idea how good it would be. This is one of my new favorite dinners! It was SO good! You could make this using any meat - turkey, chicken (ground or whole), beef, sirloin, even salmon!

Guacamole Turkey Burger

Serves 2

1/2 pound ground turkey (or meat of choice)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing grill pan
Monterey or Pepper Jack cheese (2 slices or equivalent amount of shredded)
guacamole, purchased or your favorite recipe (I made 2/3 of Alton's recipe)
2 Tablespoons light sour cream
1 Roma tomato, chopped
2 hamburger buns

Chipotle mayonnaise:
1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
1 teaspoon adobo sauce, to taste
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
Squeeze of lime juice, optional
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Combine the ground turkey with the Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Shape into 2 patties.

2. Brush a grill pan with extra virgin olive oil and heat over medium-high. Open buns and place the pieces that face the burger down onto the grill. Cook until slightly toasted. Remove to a plate and keep toasted side face-up.

3. Brush additional oil on grill pan, if necessary, and add turkey burgers to the pan. Cook until nice and brown on one side, flip, and cook fully. Adjust heat as necessary. When the burgers are completely cooked, add cheese on top of each, turn off the heat, and put a lid over the grill pan to melt the cheese.

4. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise ingredients.

5. To assemble the burgers, spread chipotle mayonnaise on each half of the bun. Place a turkey burger on the bottom portion of the toasted bun, then top with guacamole, ~1 Tablespoon sour cream, and chopped tomatoes. Top with the other side of the bun, and enjoy!

Source: You're Gonna Bake It After All, chipotle mayonnaise from Bobby Flay


  1. Mexican week is always a good thing!! I just went out to a local Mexican restaurant last night and had some guac--always satisfies! I love trying to recreate dishes from restaurants--good job!

  2. Guacamole burgers are the bomb! That looks wicked good, love the chipotle mayo.

  3. My mouth is watering - your burger looks amazing and I'm sure it tops Red Robin's version!

  4. That is one mighty burger!

  5. c'est excellent, j'adore
    bonne journée

  6. Are those homemade fries, Meghan? They look delicious, too.

  7. Yes, Lisa. They are oven baked sweet potato fries. Recipe to come soon!

  8. Stop it this looks SO good. The sweet potato fries look like the perfect side and I can't wait to see the recipe. Yum!

  9. This sounds amazing! I would've never thought to put guac and sour cream on a burger. We love ground turkey too. Such a creative meal. Your guac sounds fab as well! Loving Mexican of my favorite cuisines!

  10. holy guacamole! I want some NOW.


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