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Turkey and Green Chili Burgers with Guacamole


  • 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.