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Turkey-guacamole-bacon burger? Yes, please

Turkey guacamole bacon burger labeled
I've been intrigued by chefs' gourmet burger recipes but usually they're a minefield of fat and calories. I've seen everything from pork belly to fois gras added to the traditional beef mixture.

So how could I take my standard turkey burger recipe up a notch?

SWITCH CIRCLEAs a member of the Jennie-O Switch Circle, I was sent some coupons to stir my imagination. I was also sent a coupon for Wholly Guacamole, which is a staple in my fridge. I also keep extras in the freezer for emergency guacamole needs. :) 

I decided to go for broke and used ground turkey, turkey breakfast sausage and turkey bacon in my Turkey-Guacamole-Bacon Burger. The addition of turkey breakfast sausage to my burger mix made the burgers really flavorful, and topping them with bacon and guacamole only seems decadent, because when you realize that a slice of turkey bacon is only 30 calories and a tablespoon of Wholly Guacamole is also 30 calories.

Turkey bacon
Oh! And I finally mastered a crisp piece of turkey bacon -- my trick is to use a ridged grill pan. The ridges allow some air under the bacon, giving it a chance to crisp up nicely. Heat the pan over medium-high heat and spray with a bit of cooking spray. Cook the turkey bacon, flipping occasionally, until it's browned and crisp. 

Here's my recipe for the burgers:

Turkey-Guacamole-Bacon Burgers

  • 20 ounces Jennie-O ground turkey
  • 8 ounces Jennie-O turkey breakfast sausage
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 packets plain instant oatmeal
  • 1 capful Mrs. Dash, any flavor (we used Chipotle)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Heat a grill pan on medium-high.

Mix all ingredients with hands. Form into 6 equal patties.


  • Turkey burger temperature
  • Covered turkey burgers
Covered turkey burgers

 Place burgers on grill pan and sear on one side. Flip burgers and sear on other side. 

Turn heat to medium, cover pan and cook until burgers reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Top each burger with a tablespoon of guacamole and a slice of cooked bacon, cut in half.

Makes 6 large burgers.

Nutrition information for just the burger patty:  280 calories, 14.8g fat, 442mg sodium, 9g carbs, 1 gram fiber, 27g protein. 

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As a member of the Jennie-O Switch Circle, I was provided coupons to purchase the Jennie-O and Wholly Guacamole products for this blog post.