Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado SlicesJuicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slices
(This recipe is part of  “The Healthier Side of Life”)

I’ve Been Lying to Myself

We all need a break from life every once in a while. It’s beneficial to get outside the routine in order to readjust our perspectives. If you’re like me, “life”, in general, is swallowed up every day by hundreds of demands and requirements. For years I’ve been trying to convince myself that life will eventually slow down in this next season. Well, I’ve been lying to myself forever! I’ve yet to find that slower pace. Sometimes though you just have to make it happen.

Panama City Infinity PoolRelaxing in Panama City, Panama

Relationships Make Life Rich and Satisfying

I love life! I love my relationships and friendships. They are truly what makes life rich and satisfying. Sometimes the swirling of busyness can steal away those things that are most important. That’s where I’ve been this past year. Thankfully it came to an abrupt halt a few weeks ago while on vacation in Panama and Costa Rica. I must say these are the perfect places to slow down and re-evaluate life. And believe me, I did!

Sunset in Costa RicaCosta Rica Sunset

If you ever find yourself needing to get away, please consider these two places. Panama City, Panama is a buzz of modern excitement while Costa Rica was the epitome of relaxation. Both places gave us a mixture of trying new things like zip lining or canoeing in the Pacific Ocean. But we also did a lot of lying by the pool and eating wonderful food. It provided me time to decompress, reflect and dream again.

Every Area of Life Contributes to Overall Health

Which reminds me of this series we are in “The Healthier Side of Life.” In my younger years, I thought that being healthy meant losing weight. But the truth is every area of life contributes to my overall health. If I only go after one aspect, say, for instance, working out in the gym like a crazy woman but my relationships get no attention, I’m not truly healthy. My nutrition, my spiritual life, relationships, productivity in work, my physical well-being, etc – they all hold each other in tension. If I allow one segment to eclipse another over an extended period of time the result will be an unbalanced life.

Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slices

Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slices

On the nutritional side of life, I’m bringing in one of my favorite healthy burgers – Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slices. Turkey in itself can be quite bland and dry. But the ingredients found in this recipe create a delicious burger that is both juicy and flavorful. I add a can of Rotel to give it a nice bite. Chopped onions, minced garlic along with fresh herbs and spices intensify the flavor of the meat.

No Wimpy Patties!

I’m not a wimpy patty kind-of-girl. If I’m gonna make burgers, their gonna have some “meat” to them – usually, I go with 1/2 pound patties. This recipe makes anywhere from six to eight burgers.

The Bun Helps to Make the Burger

The ratio of bun to meat should be in balance with any burger. It is difficult enough to fit this mountain of turkey meat in your mouth without adding too much bread to your bite. I really like brioche buns because they are light and buttery. My favorite way to create the perfect bun is to brush with some good olive oil and toast it on the grill.

Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slices

Don’t Forget All the Fixin’s

Arugula, ripe tomatoes and a dollop of mayo complement these Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Sices. And please don’t forget the cheese, that gooey mess needs to blanket the entire burger. Ooooh! I’m making my mouth water just thinking about its deliciousness.

Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slices

Healthy Means Wholesome

Healthy doesn’t mean to eat “rabbit” food while we starve ourselves. Healthy means wholesome. There are wonderful recipes out there that add to the quality of our life because of their nutritional value. The flavors found in really good food like these Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slices is far more appealing than stuffing our face with something to just appease the hunger.


Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slices

Juicy Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slices

These Turkey Burgers are some of the juiciest and tastiest I’ve ever had. Rotel gives it a little kick and the spices add a nice flavor.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Large Turkey Burgers


  • 2 pounds Ground Turkey Breast
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, drained
  • 1 large Sweet Onion, finely chopped
  • 8 large Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons Fresh Sage, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Olive Oil for brushing on the Hamburger Buns
  • Other Ingredients: Sliced Provolone Cheese, Arugula, Sliced Avocado, Sliced Tomatoes


  • In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, Rotel, onions, garlic, parsley, sage, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper. Divide into 6 or 8 balls and flatten into patties with the palm of your hand.
  • Heat an indoor electric grill to medium-high heat. Brush olive oil on the grill when hot and add the patties. Cook for 5 minutes on one side and flip over. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer is 160° F. Add slices of cheese to each patty.
  • Brush olive oil on the cut side of the hamburger buns and place on grill until they are nice and toasty with grill marks.
  • Garnish the Turkey Burgers with arugula, sliced avocados, and sliced tomatoes. Add mayo or your favorite aioli to the burger.


  • One thing you will notice when you are making the turkey recipe into patties is the meat is not very firm like you find with beef patties. The texture is less dense and you will think something is not quite right. They will feel somewhat watery but that is what you want. The texture is perfect once they are cooked.


  • Serving Size: 1 Turkey Burger with Bun
  • Calories: 319
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 616 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 43 g
  • Cholesterol: 93 mg