turkey burgers with avocado and manchego

I normally prefer a medium-rare beef burger piled high with sauteed mushroom and onions, but not today. A lighter option, this lean turkey burger is filled with moisture-giving, fiber-packed mushrooms and onions, and then punched up with chopped sage and garlic, avocado and manchego cheese. Yes, please. You won't even notice that's it's on a toasty, crunchy whole-wheat English muffin instead of a bun. Talk about portion control.

Turkey Burgers with Avocado and Manchego

  • 1 large portobello mushroom cap
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped shallot or onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 thin slices manchego or white cheddar cheese
  • 4 whole-wheat English muffins, split
  • Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and sliced avocado, for topping
Use a spoon to scrape out the gills from the underside of the mushroom cap. Cut the cap into 1-inch pieces and transfer to a food processor. Add the shallot and parsley and pulse until chopped.

Transfer the mushroom mixture to a large bowl. Add the turkey, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; gently mix with your hands until just combined. Divide into four balls, then lightly press into four-inch-wide, one-inch-thick patties. Put on a large plate, cover and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat a grill to medium. Brush the grates with olive oil. Grill the patties, undisturbed, until marked on the bottom, four to five minutes. Give the patties a quarter turn and cook until marked again, four to five more minutes. Flip the patties and grill until cooked through, six to seven more minutes; top each with two slices cheese during the last three minutes of cooking and cover with a disposable aluminum pan to melt.
Toast the English muffins on the grill, then spread with mustard and mayonnaise. Serve the patties on the English muffins; top with avocado.

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