Turkey and Green Chili Burgers with Guacamole

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, September 7, 2015

Aired September 7, 2015

Serves 3 burgers

1 pound ground turkey
2 4-ounce cans whole green chilies, well drained
2 teaspoons (2/3 palmful) ground Sante Fe green chili powder or other mild chili powder, such as Ancho
2 teaspoons (2/3 palmful) ground cumin
Salt and pepper
6 tablespoons grated onion with juice, divided
3 large cloves garlic, grated or pasted, divided
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped plus 2 tablespoons for guacamole
1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
3 slices Cooper’s sharp white American cheese or other white American
3 slices Pepper Jack cheese
2 small or 1 large, ripe Haas avocados, pit removed and squished from skin
1 jalapeño pepper, grated or finely chopped 
Juice of 1 small lime
Green or red leaf lettuce, thinly sliced
1 small yellow or white onion, sliced
1 Beefsteak or vine-ripe tomato, sliced
3 brioche rolls, split


Heat a cast-iron skillet to medium-high.
Place the turkey in mixing bowl. Finely chop drained chilies and pat them dry again; add to turkey. Season turkey with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Add 3 tablespoons grated onion, 2 cloves grated garlic and about 1/2 cup cilantro to bowl. Mix burger meat and form 3 large thin patties. Add patties to the hot pan and cook 8 minutes turning once; melt a slice of each kind of cheese over top in last minute of cooking time.
Mash the avocado with remaining 3 tablespoons grated onion and 1 clove grated garlic, the jalapeño, lime juice and 2 tablespoons cilantro; season with salt to taste.
Place lettuce, onion and tomato on bun bottoms, top with cheeseburgers and the bun tops slathered with guacamole.

Serve alongisde Spicy Herb-Roasted Haricots Verts.