Avocado Turkey Burger with Cranberry Chutney

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Easy Avocado Turkey Burger Recipe topped with creamy fontina cheese, spicy arugula and a tart Cranberry Chutney. This juicy turkey burger packs a punch in the flavor department!

We love to serve these burgers with Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries or my Easy Everyday Salad Recipe.

avocado turkey burger topped with cranberry chutney on a cutting board

Avocado Turkey Burger Recipe

So you know how fashion bloggers talk about things like “transitional clothing?” Meaning the clothes you wear as summer is winding down but before it’s cool enough for those fall boots. This Avocado Turkey Burger is that in the food department. Consider it a “transitional food” before a full on holiday feast.

Now, let me get something cleared up real fast. Cranberries are not just for the holidays. Oh no friends, although that is when they typically appear the most. But these tart berries can be used in a multitude of ways – some of my favorites are my Cranberry Gin Moscow Mule, my Cranberry Orange Muffins or my Maple Dijon Roasted Butternut Squash Brussel Sprout Salad.

And now, most recently, this Avocado Turkey Burger with Cranberry Chutney. Y’all, this burger is gonna blow your mind. It is bursting with so many flavors that your taste buds won’t even know which direction to go. The best part is, it’s super versatile so you could turn this into a sandwich around the holidays and use up that leftover Thanksgiving Turkey.

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Is a Turkey Burger Healthy?

Ground Turkey and Ground Beef both have a good amount of protein in them. However, ground turkey has less saturated fat than beef so it’s a great healthy option.

How much Protein is in a Turkey Burger?

As always, the amount of protein on anything will depend on the serving size. For this recipe, I use a 1/3 lb. burger patty – the amount of protein in this burger is 26 grams. For a 1/4 lb burger, it is 19 grams of protein and for a 1/2 lb turkey burger it is 62 grams of protein.

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What you’ll need to make this Turkey Burger Recipe

Like most GOOD burgers, you’ll need a couple of components to make your burger shine in all it’s glory. The Turkey. The Smashed Avocado. The Cranberry Chutney. Here’s what you’ll need to make these burgers:

Avocado Turkey Burger

  • Ground Turkey – I like to use 85/15 ratio. Turkey is already lean, so to keep them juicy and flavorful you’ll need all the fat you can get. However, you could use the 93/7 if you’d like. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t dry out.
  • Avocado – Adds a creaminess to the burger, just smash it up and use it almost like a mayo.
  • Arugula – Just a handful of this spicy lettuce will do.
  • Fontina Cheese – You can find this buttery cheese at the deli. Not only is it nutty and creamy, but it melts like a dream.
  • Bun – Use your favorite bun here

Cranberry Chutney

  • Cranberries – You can use fresh or frozen for this recipe. Most of the time
  • Orange Juice – Cranberries and Orange make the perfect compliment, the orange juice adds sweetness, citrus and the liquid you need to cook the cranberries up.
  • Orange Zest – I love to add zest to enhance the orange flavor.
  • Maple Syrup – This will help counteract the tartness of the cranberries. So, if the chutney is too tart for you, just add a little more maple. Please note: Use the real thing here, not the buttery version. It will completely change the flavor of this chutney so PLEASE stick with real maple syrup.
two avocado turkey burgers topped with cranberry chutney

How to make Cranberry Chutney?

This beautiful tart topping is the key to this burger. It adds a pop of flavor that cuts through the turkey and fontina cheese. Here’s how to make this simple cranberry chutney.

  1. To a small saucepan, add cranberries, orange juice, orange zest and maple syrup.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. About 5-7 minutes.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until the cranberries burst and begin to break down until they for a sauce. Approximately 10 minutes. You can smush them with a spoon if you’d like.
  4. Remove from heat and place in the refrigerator to cool for 15 minutes or so.
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How to make this Easy Avocado Turkey Burger?

  1. Heat a grill to medium high heat, about 350°F-400°F.
  2. Form ground turkey burgers into six 1/3 lb burgers. Season with salt, pepper. Place burgers on grill for 4 minutes per side. Place fontina cheese on each burger and let melt for 15  seconds. Remove from grill and let rest.
  3. Toast buns for 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. 
  4. Assemble Burgers: bottom bun, 1 tablespoon of spicy mayo, mashed avocado, turkey burger, cranberry chutney and arugula. 
turkey burger with cranberry chutney on a cutting board

How to tell if burger is done?

The best and most accurate way to tell if your turkey burger is done is to use a meat thermometer. Here’s my favorite brand. Turkey is done when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

What to serve with a Turkey Burger?

avocado turkey burger topped with cranberry chutney

** This post is sponsored by Wisconsin Cranberries. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Joyful Healthy Eats.**

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Avocado Turkey Burger with Cranberry Chutney

  • Author: Krista
  • yield Yield: 6 burgers 1x
  • category Category: Turkey
  • method Method: Grilling
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

Easy Avocado Turkey Burger topped with creamy fontina cheese, spicy arugula and a tart Cranberry Chutney. This juicy turkey burger packs a punch in the flavor department! 

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Ingredients

Cranberry Chutney:

  • 2 cups cranberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

Avocado Turkey Burgers

  • 2 lbs. ground turkey 
  • 6 fontina cheese slices
  • 6 tablespoons spicy mayonnaise
  • 2 avocados, mashed
  • 1 1/5 cups arugula
  • 6 buns

Instructions

Cranberry Chutney:

  1. To a small saucepan, add cranberries, orange juice, orange zest and maple syrup.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. About 5-7 minutes.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until the cranberries burst and begin to break down until they for a sauce. Approximately 10 minutes. You can smush them with a spoon if you’d like.
  4. Remove from heat and place in the refrigerator to cool for 15 minutes or so.

Avocado Turkey Burger:

  1. Heat a grill to medium high heat, about 350°F-400°F.
  2. Form ground turkey burgers into six 1/3 lb burgers. Season with salt, pepper. Place burgers on grill for 4 minutes per side. Place fontina cheese on each burger and let melt for 15  seconds. Remove from grill and let rest.
  3. Toast buns for 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. 
  4. Assemble Burgers: bottom bun, 1 tablespoon of spicy mayo, mashed avocado, turkey burger, cranberry chutney and arugula. 

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