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Turkey and Avocado Burgers

Both turkey and avocado have incredible nutritional properties and together, they taste delicious in a burger. Assemble your own and customise this recipe to your taste. 

Recipes Caralee Caldwell, photography Jo Anderson

Turkey is a great source of tryptophan, which researchers have found can decrease argumentative behaviours and increase both agreeable behaviours and perceptions of agreeableness. So for a peaceful family dinner, turkey burgers may be the key! My family loves this meal because they can assemble their own burger and customise it to their taste. 

Serves 4

1 onion
½ tsp fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
handful of fresh coriander
500g minced turkey
1 egg
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp of sea salt 
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tomato
4 lettuce leaves
1 avocado
½ lime
¼ tsp sea salt 

To make the turkey patties, finely chop the onion, ginger, garlic and coriander. Place in a large bowl with the minced turkey, egg, turmeric, cumin seeds and salt. Combine all the ingredients with a fork then form four large patties. 

Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Cook the patties for five minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
Meanwhile, slice the tomato and wash the lettuce leaves.

Cut the avocado in half and scoop out the flesh into a small bowl. Add a pinch of salt and the lime juice. Mash together with a fork. Assemble the burgers to your liking.


Caralee Caldwell is the author of gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free cookbooks Real Food Everyday and Real Food Pledge. For more of her delicious recipes visit realfoodpledge.com

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