Turkey Burgers with Grilled Avocado, Red Onion & Smoked Mozzarella

In an effort to keep things light in the house, I have been working on a turkey burger recipe since the weather warmed up. Turkey burgers can be unbelievably bland. If you have had one bursting with flavor in a restaurant, there is no doubt they have added some calorie laden ingredients to do so. I put together some simple ingredients to spice it up and decided to try grilling some avocados. Which by the way, are officially my new favorite way to prepare them. You could really use any cheese you like, but the smoked  mozzarella gives the turkey a bit more heft and some more of that BBQ flavor. I served it bun less because I forgot to get them, but feel free to pile it up on a whole wheat bun to keep it healthy.

Turkey Burgers with Grilled Avocado, Red Onion & Smoked Mozzarella
Forks & Amusement 2011
serves 4

1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup bread crumbs
4 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
hot sauce to taste
3 scallions, trimmed and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 lb ground turkey (I like to get half white and half dark if available)
1 avocado quartered and peeled
1/2 red onion sliced
olive oil
4 slices smoked mozzarella
8 hearts of romaine lettuce leaves

Heat grill or grill pan to medium high.

In a bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. Be generous! Add the turkey and mix to combine well.

Brush avocado and onion with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Grill burgers until cooked through on both sides, about 15 minutes depending on grill. Place mozzarella slices on top for last 5 minutes.

While the burgers cook, grill the avocado and onion slices on all sides until they are tender and have deep grill marks.

Serve each burger on 2 lettuce leafs, top with an avocado quarter and a slice of onion.


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