Baja Turkey Burgers

Baja Turkey Burgers
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This loaded turkey burger is anything but bland! Salsa verde gives the ground turkey patties a juicy flavor boost. We pile on crunchy coleslaw and creamy avocado, but you can add the traditional fixings, too (lettuce, onion, tomato) for even more veggie goodness. Whole wheat english muffins are the preferred "bun" of choice for extra heart-healthy fiber, but a regular whole wheat bun works, too. Or if you're looking for a low carb meal, skip the bun entirely.

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    10 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 burger
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 burger
  • Amount per serving Calories 370

  • Total Fat 13g
    • Saturated Fat 2.6g
    • Trans Fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 65mg
  • Sodium 420mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 37g
    • Dietary Fiber 10g
    • Total Sugars 2g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 25g
  • Potassium 680mg
  • Phosphorus 330mg

Choices/Exchanges: 2 Starch, 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 3 Lean protein, 1 1/2 Fat



  • lean ground turkey
    12 oz
  • salsa verde (divided use)
    1/2 cup
  • sprouted whole wheat buns or whole wheat english muffins
  • avocado (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • salt
    1/8 tsp
  • packaged coleslaw mix
    2 cup


  1. Preheat a grill to medium high.

  2. In a large bowl, gently mix the turkey and ¼ cup of the salsa until just combined. Form the mixture by hand into four patties, about 4 inches in diameter.

  3. Grill the burgers until well done (an internal temperature of at least 165° F), about 5 minutes per side. If desired, lightly grill the buns, too.

  4. Onto the bottom portion of each bun, arrange ¼ of the avocado slices and sprinkle with the salt. Top each with a turkey burger patty, ½ cup of the coleslaw mix, and 1 Tbsp of the remaining salsa. If desired, add a slice of tomato and a lettuce leaf to each. Cover the burgers with a bun top and serve.

  • Recommended

    Tasted great and super easy to make! Adults and kids liked it. Burgers were moister (delicious) than I expected when first flipping so the first broke - the rest flipped easily with a firmer spatula once I anticipated it. We pan-cooked it instead of grilling.

  • Recommended

    Very delicious, healthy recipe! I didn't add coleslaw - due to covid-19 safety, my current rule is not to buy produce unless I can thoroughly wash it and/or plan on cooking it to kill the germs. I added everything else, though, and the result was great! The salsa verde mixed into the ground turkey really added a nice little kick. The extra salsa combined with tomato and avocado complete the picture, so you have scrumptious turkey with crisp veggies to have a well-rounded taste. Would I make it again? Yes, although I think I'd swap out the whole wheat English muffins for regular whole wheat hamburger buns.