This burger is super-sized for sure! (Next time, I will make 6-8 smaller burgers instead of the 4 massive ones I made tonight.) The flavor was totally there though. And I love guacamole, so that was an added plus. I also made some Betty Crocker cheesy potato thing as a side dish. (Not a huge fan of anything boxed, but it has been in my pantry for about a year and I just wanted to get rid of it. Glad it’s gone!)
The recipe is based on a Rachael Ray recipe. I changed it a bit though.
Start by making your burgers…
- Combine 1 package ground turkey with a big handful of chili powder, 1.5 teaspoons of both cumin and ground coriander, and a tablespoon of grill seasoning. (Grill seasoning is a great thing because it has your normal s&p as well as other great spices.)
- Add 1 cup leftover rice (I used the rice leftover from the chicken dish earlier this week) and 1 small can of pinto beans (drained and rinsed).
- Combine everything and form into 4 equally-sized patties. (Remember they are big patties thanks to the rice and beans…you may want to make smaller ones.)
I scored the meat into 4 equal parts. Then I made 4 giant meatballs.
- Cook your patties (flipping them once) on a grill pan or in a skillet with a little oil. (I used my panini press/grill pan.)
While the burgers cook, make the guacamole…
- Cut up 2 avocados. (It’s easiest to half them, remove the seed, score them with a pairing knife, and then scoop out the pieces with a spoon.)
- Season with salt and mash with a fork. (I like a smooth guacamole…if you like it chunky, don’t mash up the avocados as much.)
- Add 2 or 3 cloves of chopped garlic and 1 jalapeno (seeded and minced).
- Stir and season with a little more salt. (Taste as you go!)
- Add a little lime zest and the juice from 1 lime.
- Add a little red onion (finely chopped) and a little tomato (seeded and finely chopped).
- Taste and season with a little more salt if needed. I also added the juice from half a lime.
When the burgers are finished cooking, start assembling…
Spread the guacamole on one side of a roll. (I used whole wheat.) Add a slice of tomato to the other side.
Place the (giant) burger in between!
Here are a few notes if you are planning on trying this recipe…
- I would not use the entire can of beans. They made it harder to keep the patties together, and they also got dried up on the grill.
- Like i said earlier, I would also make more smaller burgers.
- Finally, I would use a stronger bun. My whole wheat ones just didn’t cut it!
Serve with a Corona and lime! Enjoy!
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