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Easy Southwest Turkey Burgers w/ Avocado-Ranch Dressing + Weekly Menu

Confession: If I have a choice between a beef burger and a turkey burger, I’ve always chosen the beef.

However, this is because I once had a turkey burger SO DRY and TASTELESS, it nearly scarred me for life. Yet, when I saw Estella’s turkey burgers with the green chilies, cumin, and chili powder…I talked myself down from the turkey burger picket line. I’ve tried so many of her recipes without disappointment yet.

Turkey burgers included.


Easy Southwest Turkey Burgers from Weekly Bite (link no longer available)

1 lb ground turkey breast
1 egg
1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
4 oz can diced green chiles
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper


Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Using your hand, mix until until all the ingredients are blended together.

Cook the burgers either on an outdoor grill or an indoor pan; you want to cook them about 6 minutes on each side until completely cooked through. Yield: 5 turkey burger patties.

Nutrition Information (per patty): 154 calories; 7.8 g. fat; 83 mg. cholesterol; 403 mg. sodium; 9.8 g. carbohydrate; 0.9 g. fiber; 22.8 g. protein

Result: You can taste the southwest without too much heat at all. These got a thumbs up from Mr. Prevention, as well. Unlike turkey burgers in the past, these were far from dry and bland, and big a nutritional step-up from their ground beef counterparts! You can’t beat 154 calories for a burger! And a quick meal, indeed – 15 minutes from start to finish! Enjoy!


These weren’t spicy, they were just flavorful. And not dry….most importantly, not dry. Hear me, turkey burger haters/beef burger loyals?

With still some skepticism pre-Easy Southwest Turkey Burgers, I decided this Avocado-Ranch Dressing (made with Greek yogurt!) would surely take any burger to the next level. Correct! While I haven’t figured out how to use the excess of this dressing, I think it could replace any high-fat, high-calorie veggie dip or act as a spread on nearly any sandwich. And together, ohhh….yesss. Summer (burger) lovin’…had me a blast.


Avocado-Ranch Dressing adapted from The Dainty Chef (link no longer available)

1 Hass avocado
1 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
1 lemon, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped (optional)
1 Tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped (optional)


Mash avocado in a bowl. Mix in remaining ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use. Yield: 2 cups (16 servings – 2 tablespoons each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 25 calories; 1.5 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 78 mg. sodium; 2 g. carbohydrate; 0.3 g. fiber; 1.6 g. protein

Result: Smooth, creamy, and…healthy! It’s hard to do too much damage at 25 calories a serving and far less sugar than ketchup!


Weekly Menu: August 21st-25th

Last night was such a nice, relaxing night at home with Mr. Prevention. For the pizza-lover, I made Chicago-style deep-dish pizza which turned out excellent! We popped open a bottle of ’06 Chianti Classico and sat out on the deck enjoying summer. The relaxation and meal splurge was earned, however. I pounded out 5.1 miles in the HUMID August heat and later that day we went to a new park with 8 miles of trails so Mr. P could run. He didn’t wear the Garmin but he went 4-5 miles while I settled in with Plate to Pixel under the shade of a tree 😉 And since I’m recapping the day not in chronological order, the farmer’s market was buzzing with people. I got their early (with Lily!) and was able to get 5lbs of apples for $4, 2 zucchini for $1, and12 mini eggplant for $2! Perfect summer Saturday!

For whatever reason I have my horoscope sent to my inbox each day, and this morning I woke up to this:

If you’ve been hesitant about whether you should go on a diet, this would be a great day to start, Cancer. If you’re one of those people who really doesn’t have to watch what you eat, good for you! However, you should still stay away from rich foods. Don’t drink too much alcohol, and stay away from a lot of chocolate.

One of those people who really doesn’t have to watch what they eat? Baahahahaha! I wish, horoscope (even though I would still eat healthy, I just wouldn’t have the excess 30lbs to show proof of less than stellar genetic make-up as far as weight status goes). And funny the horoscope suggested laying off chocolate, because I have my heart set on making a cherry cornmeal upside down cake today 😉

Question: Do you read your daily horoscope?

Have a great day!

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  1. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    August 21, 2011 / 9:28 am

    The burger with the salt and vinegar potato next to it looks amazing! And the avocado-ranch dressing sounds like a nice addition to any meal.

    I don’t read my horoscope, but I think it can be fun! As long as you don’t take it too seriously…. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s funny how it’s usually written so that it applies to pretty much anyone in any situation…

    Have a great Sunday, and stay away from the chocolate and wine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    August 21, 2011 / 10:56 am

    So glad you liked the you burgers!! We love them ๐Ÿ™‚

    Next time I need to make that avocado-ranch dressing. Its sounds perfect!

  3. Michelle
    August 21, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    Just made the avocado-ranch dressing–I had a half an avocado and greek yogurt that was needing to be used–meant to be!

    • Nicole
      August 21, 2011 / 9:40 pm

      Did you like it? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Michelle
        August 21, 2011 / 9:42 pm

        I did! I had some with a black bean veggie burger tonight for dinner–yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Nicole
          August 21, 2011 / 9:44 pm

          That’s good! Mark liked it, too…I was surprised. Do you do Boca or MorningStar Farms? I haven’t bought black bean burgers in a LONG time.

  4. Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    August 21, 2011 / 4:26 pm

    These look delicious! I love turkey burgers, but you are right, mine are usually a bit dry. I want to try this recipe.
    I do read my horoscope once and a while. My sister read mine to me the other day cause it was a good one. About having new opportunities…something like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Heather
    August 21, 2011 / 7:45 pm

    I have been looking for an avocado dressing like that – would it keep in the fridge or did it start to brown?

    • Nicole
      August 21, 2011 / 9:39 pm

      The acid in the lemon juice and Greek yogurt keep it nice and green! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Roz@weightingfor50
    August 21, 2011 / 9:51 pm

    Hi Nicole, amazing looking burgers, and great looking weekly menu!!! Dennis and I always start our days with the horoscope in the paper, and celebrity birthdays. He reads the name, I have to guess how old they are. Funny…. Have a great week ahead. (hope you get this comment!)

  7. Erin
    August 21, 2011 / 10:33 pm

    I am always looking for new turkey burger recipes, sounds really good!

  8. Kerstin
    August 21, 2011 / 11:45 pm

    I’d actually never had a problem with dry turkey burgers at home, but I think it’s because I like to stuff them with lots of moist veggies. The Southwest twist on these sounds delicious!

  9. Melinda
    August 22, 2011 / 1:26 am

    Just popping in to say hello and I’m still here…or rather now over there. Just getting settled after the big move. Looking forward to catching up on your blog.

  10. Samantha @ Bikini Birthday
    August 22, 2011 / 12:31 pm

    I’ve made turkey meatballs before and I think that breadcrumbs are really key to keeping them super moist. I bet the breadcrumbs help with these turkey burgers too.

  11. liz
    August 22, 2011 / 10:02 pm

    The burgers look wonderful I cannot wait to try them. I live in Columbus as well and wonder where the farmers market is that you visit. Thanks for the information and have a wonderful day. Liz

    • Nicole
      August 23, 2011 / 6:44 am

      Usually Delaware’s on Wednesday and Saturday. It’s small but everyone is great and I can’t beat the prices and freshness! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. long last
    December 15, 2011 / 6:19 am

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to understand a lot about this, like you wrote the ebook in it or something. I believe that you can do with a few p.c. to drive the message house a little bit, however other than that, this is great blog. An excellent read. I’ll definitely be back.

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  16. Lisa
    April 14, 2019 / 8:47 pm

    I just thought that after making this recipe for nearly 8 years I should throw a “Thank You” your direction. These have been my go to burger, making the menu at least a couple times a month. Sometimes we enjoy them on buns, sometimes I cook them to use as crumbles over a salad. Clean, flavorful and easy- what more could you want??? Thanks again!!!

    • Nicole Morrissey
      April 15, 2019 / 9:52 am

      Lisa, thanks so much for your comment! So glad they are well-loved, even 8 years later ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great week!

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