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Turkey and Green Chili Burgers with Guacamole

This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show. For more recipes and videos from the show visit


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 4-ounce cans whole green chilies, well drained
  • 2 teaspoons (2/3 palmful) ground Sante Fe green chili powder or other mild chili powder, such as Ancho 
  • 2 teaspoons (2/3 palmful) ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 tablespoons grated onion with juice, divided
  • 3 large cloves garlic, grated or pasted, divided
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped plus 2 tablespoons for guacamole
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 3 slices Cooper’s sharp white American cheese or other white American
  • 3 slices Pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 small or 1 large, ripe Haas avocados, pit removed and squished from skin 
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, grated or finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 small lime
  • Green or red leaf lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 1 small yellow or white onion, sliced
  • 1 Beefsteak or vine-ripe tomato, sliced
  • 3 brioche rolls, split


Heat a cast-iron skillet to medium-high. 

Place the turkey in mixing bowl. Finely chop drained chilies and pat them dry again; add to turkey. Season turkey with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Add 3 tablespoons grated onion, 2 cloves grated garlic and about 1/2 cup cilantro to bowl. Mix burger meat and form 3 large thin patties. Add patties to the hot pan and cook 8 minutes turning once; melt a slice of each kind of cheese over top in last minute of cooking time. 

Mash the avocado with remaining 3 tablespoons grated onion and 1 clove grated garlic, the jalapeño, lime juice and 2 tablespoons cilantro; season with salt to taste. 

Place lettuce, onion and tomato on bun bottoms, top with cheeseburgers and the bun tops slathered with guacamole. 

Rachael Ray