Salsa Turkey Burgers with Guacamole

This belly was satisfied after this meal.  I even reheated and had it for dinner the next night while my Fireman was at the station. 

I don’t do leftovers these days.  Period.  But, I was surprised to be able to stomach the thought of eating the burger again on a second night.  Our poor leftovers have gone to waste.  They his the trash if my Fireman doesn’t take to liking them in a day or two.  

When I reheated this, I did hide in my bedroom from the smells lurking out of the microwave.. Never a bad smell, but just the smells gross me out for whatever reason. 

This was a quick meal for the making, too.  20 minutes is all you need to pull it together.  We baked some sweet potato cubes to go along with the burgers (1 large sweet potato, cubed, 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder- baked @ 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes)

We actually ended up waiting on the potatoes to come out of the oven before we ate.  I think I would have planned better if I figured that these burgers would be ready as quick as they were.

So.  If you decide to make sweet potato cubes (wedges, fries, whatever..), put them in about 5-10 minutes before you start your burger making.

I used El Fenix brand salsa, simply because I love it.. and I find it to be most authentic when it comes to the jarred stuff.  I’m not a huge fan of any shelf-stable dip that come straight from the jar, but this is yummy and pretty fresh for my taste. 

I took another easy step and used store bought guacamole rather than making my own.  I’ve become lazy, and its apparent in my prep and cooking.  I suppose I could have made the guacamole during the time between the burgers being ready and when the sweet taters came out of the oven. 

Plus, guacamole is probably one of the easiest condiments to whip together. 

Lazy, I tell you.  My Fireman would never raise a tone to say so.. smart man.

The chopped red onion and tomato came together as sort of a broken down pico de gallo.  I didn’t have any whole tomatoes to slice for topping my burger, only sweet cherry tomatoes- so I chopped those up as well as some red onion I had leftover from a CB House Salad a couple days ago, and there it was. 

Easy. Peasy.

Just how I like it.  Start to finish? 23ish minutes give or take a couple. 

Depends if you are cooking sweet potatoes or not. 

Salsa Turkey Burger with Guacamole

Yield: 5 servings

Serving Size: 1 burger


  • 2/3 cup salsa (such as El Fenix)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning (such as Tony Chachere's)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (20-ounce) package lean (93/7) ground turkey (such as Jennie-O)
  • 2/3 cup prepared guacamole (such as Wholly Guacamole)
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 5 whole wheat buns, split and toasted


In a small bowl, combine the salsa, Creole seasoning, garlic powder, pepper flakes and pepper. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 5 (4-ouince) patties.

Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Can be done in a skillet coated with cooking spray over medium high heat, about 5-6 minutes on each side.

While burgers cook, combine the tomato and onion in a small bowl. Add a squeeze of lime juice for something a little extra if desired.

Serve burgers on buns and top each burger with about 2 tablespoons prepared guacamole and tomato onion mixture.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 395; Fat: 15 g; Carbohydrate: 37 g; Fiber: 6 g; Protein: 29 g


  1. Looks great Amber! I had the smell thing when I was pregnant too. Ugh!

  2. I just had to tell you that I LOVE your blog. I’m a dietetics student in the last year of my internship and your blog has been so inspiring to me to create one of my own. I have made a few of your recipes and they are always a huge hit! Especially the BBQ Chicken Pasta.. that one is un-real! :)

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