AK canning jar

Okay, I know this is more of a summer recipe, but, darlings, I was feeling it. I just needed a little summer meal during this cold week. All the gardening catalogs are arriving in my mailbox and all I can think about is SUMMER! As a bonus, this recipe freezes like a dream (yep, you can freeze avocado) so make up a big batch and stash a few in the freezer for another day.


I served these with Corn Salsa. Instead of fresh corn, today I used frozen that I had thawed for this recipe. Worked like a charm for a fresh bite of summer. The salsa is easy-peasy, delish and whips up quickly, so you’ll want to take the few minutes it takes to make it to top your burgers. Just look at that photo – it’s a party on your plate!


The Recipe: Mexican Fiesta Avocado Stuffed Turkey Burgers


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 20 oz. package ground turkey, not extra lean, for a juicier burger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 ripe avocado


  • Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, green and red peppers to pan. Salute, stirring often until vegetables have released their moisture and softened. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • In a bowl, mix ground turkey, cooked vegetables, salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic, and oregano together until well blended. Divide meat into 10 parts.
  • Cut open avocado, pit and slice it. Using a spoon remove avocado slices from peel.
  • Pat out one portion of the meat into a 1/4 inch thick round. Place an avocado slice in the center of the round leaving a border. Pat out another portion and place on top of avocado slice completely encasing slice. Gently pinch edges of burger together to seal. Repeat with remaining meat portions until 5 avocado stuffed burgers are made.
  • Cook burgers on a heated and oiled grill or on an oiled skillet until cooked through.
  • To freeze: Complete recipe until all burgers are stuffed and completed, but not cooked. Place burgers on a parchment or plastic lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet into the coldest part of your freezer until firm. Place burgers into a zip-sealed freezer bag separated by wax paper or parchment paper. Remove as much air as possible from bag, seal, label and place in the freezer.
  • To serve: Thaw. Cook on oiled preheated grill or in oiled skillet until cooked through.