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20 min.

55 min.

75 min.



Harissa Turkey Burger with Avocado on Mixed Greens

Harissa is a snappy-easy pepper paste that adds a spicy, smokey kick to burgers. Avocado makes a great substitute for cheese. Try it with a baked potato stuffed with steamed veggies. 


Harissa: 6 chile peppers (choose peppers that are a range of heat, remember the more hot peppers the more heat experienced in the burger), 1 tsbp. of olive oil, 1 tsp. caraway seeds, 1 tsp. of ground cumin, 1 tsp. of ground coriander, 3 garlic cloves and 1/2 tsp. of kosher salt.
Burger: 1 lb. of ground turkey, 1 small onion minced, 1 tsp. of black pepper
1 avocado (peeled, pit removed, and cut into thin slices)
1/2 of red onion cut into thin slices
4 cups of your favorite mixed greens (rinsed and ready to serve)


1Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2In a large roasting pan with lid, place all the peppers in foil, wrap tigthly and roast in the oven for 35-40 minutes until skins of peppers are black.
3Once blackened and soft, remove the pan from the heat and let the peppers sit in the roasting pan with a lid for 10 minutes. Once cool enough to touch the foil, open foil and remove peppers. Run peppers over cold water while you rub off the black portion of the skin. Use gloves if sensitive to peppers.
4Remove the seeds and stems from the peppers and place in a food processor or blender. Add olive oil and let sit while you complete the next step.
5Heat a small sauté pan on high, add the harissa spices. Heat until the spices become fragrant but do not burn (2-5 minutes.) Add the warm spices to the processor/blender, puree until you have a thick paste.
6Place the paste, ground turkey, minced onion and black pepper in a large bowl, using your hands (include gloves if sensitive to peppers) mix the paste with the meat. Form medium sized patties (4 inches circumference.) Let rest for 10 minutes.
7Heat a frying pan at medium-high. Cook the burgers (8 minutes per side) until meat is fully cooked and outside is a dark brown.
8Serve on a bed of mixed greens topped with one-two slices of avocado and a few slices of red onion. Add your favorite condiment.

Cook's Tips:

If you don't want to bother with the oven roasting portion of the recipe, cut out some of the work by using dried chiles. Soak the chiles in 1/2 cup of water before you puree/process.