I love the word “Fiesta”. It’s one of the few words that can truly evoke the feeling that life should be a party. Honestly what do you think of when that word is uttered? You think of margarita’s right? Is there a more festive drink than a margarita? I have always had lots of fun on those nights where the drink of choice was a margarita. Yes, tequila has blurred my memory a bit, but I SEEM to remember those nights fondly. I wish there were more words that instantly make you want to kick off you heels and dance on the table!
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. I have the perfect meal for you: Taco Turkey Burgers smothered in guacamole! You could add more chili peppers if you like. My kids don’t handle heat very well. The spiciness from the peppers and the Jack cheese is tamed by the cool, creamy guacamole. Yes, it is the ideal burger for fiesta night! Goes great with any flavor margarita! I promise. The heat from these turkey burgers may make you drink more, just to warn you. But that’s ok. The Life should be a fiesta!
2 lbs ground turkey
2 tbsp taco seasoning
3 tbsp diced chilies, canned
1 cup Panko crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt ( or to taste)
Pepper jack cheese
In a bowl, combine ground turkey, taco seasoning, diced chili peppers, garlic powder, salt and pepper . Mix thoroughly so that peppers are evenly distributed. Form into 4 patties. Either dip patties into the bread crumbs, or pat bread crumbs INTO each sides of your burger. Grill your burgers about 8 minutes per side.
While burgers are grilling, prepare your guacamole. Mash the avocados in a bowl with a fork or a pasty cutter, until desired consistency is achieved. I prefer my guacamole to have a chunky texture. Add diced tomato, cumin, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside, unless you have to eat while cooking, like me!
Top burgers with pepper jack cheese during the last minute of grilling.
To assemble, top each burger with a generous dollop of guacamole and salsa. Ole!