Avocado Burger with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
If you frequently rate foods based upon their ability to be a vehicle for avocado, then we are kindred spirits. Also, this Chicken Avocado Burger recipe is going to be your new favorite thing to throw on the grill!
I really should have though of this recipe sooner.
Avocado on a burger has been the standard around here for a while (hi, Green Chile Chicken Burgers, Sweet Potato Turkey Burger, and Super Food Black Bean Vegan Burger). Why it took me so long to put the avocado in a burger I do not know.
Naturally, you should probably top your Avocado Burger with avocado slices. Avocado IN the burger and ON the burger.
When you are a food-as-vehicle-for-avocado person, this double avocado situation is not overkill in the slightest.
After I had my “avocado IN the burger!” mini-epiphany, I remembered a small detail that brought me back to earth. Avocado Tuna Cakes. As their name suggests, they are patties with avocado mixed inside. They were the standard lunch menu in our house for all of January and February. I had simply forgotten about them.
Does that make today’s Avocado Burger the equivalent of an unexpected $5 bill you discover in your jeans pocket? It’s something you’ve had all along, but the surprise feels fresh and new again.
In today’s version of avocado burgers, I used ground chicken along with two Tex-Mex flavor besties, cilantro and chipotle peppers in adobo. If you’ve never purchased this magical can of flavor, you are in for a treat. They are inexpensive, available in the Hispanic section of nearly every grocery store, and are the secret to this Avocado Burger recipe’s deep, smoky flavor.
Both the chipotle peppers themselves and the adobo sauce in which they are packed offer big-time flavor, so we’ll be using both in the avocado burger patties.
To top the burgers, I mixed a little of the extra adobo sauce with Greek yogurt to create a super fast, super yummy chipotle yogurt sauce. The recipe as written is fairly mild, so feel free to add an extra teaspoon or two if you are feeling daring and want to up the heat.
If you want to take this chipotle/avocado business to the next level, you could serve these Avocado Burgers alongside chipotle-spiced Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Hummus, then wash them down with a Skinny Margarita shaken with a dash of the extra adobo sauce. My kind of meal!
You can also swap the ground chicken for ground turkey to make a turkey avocado burger instead. No changes to the recipe needed—both are delicious.
Along with the chipotle yogurt sauce, we topped our burgers with prepared salsa…and extra avocado. But I don’t think I needed to tell you that.
Tools I used to make this recipe:
- Indoor grill pan
- Fish spatula (my favorite for flipping burgers, pancakes, roasted veggies…you name it!)
Avocado Burger with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
FOR THE BURGERS:
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 2 cloves garlic — minced
- 1/3 cup whole wheat Panko bread crumbs — use almond meal or roughly ground oatmeal to make gluten free
- 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce — finely diced*
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce — from the can of chipotle peppers
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 large ripe avocado — peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4-inch chunks
FOR THE CHIPOTLE YOGURT SAUCE:
- 3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce — from the canned chipotle peppers above, or more to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt — or more to taste
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
- Optional: lettuce — or spinach, thinly sliced red onion, tomato, prepared salsa, nonfat plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
- Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium (about 375 degrees F).
- In a large bowl, gently combine the chicken, garlic, breadcrumbs, diced chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, salt, pepper, and cilantro until evenly combined. Carefully fold in the avocado. Shape into 4 patties.
- Oil the grill, then cook burgers on each side for about 5 minutes, until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
- While the burgers cook, prepare the chipotle yogurt sauce: In a small bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt, adobo sauce, and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Serve on top of the burgers, with additional toppings as desired.
- *DO NOT use the whole can of adobo peppers—just one single pepper (or feel free to add two if you want more of a kick), along with the sauce in the specified amount. This ingredient can be found in the Hispanic section of most grocery stores.
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving (1 patty with 1/4 of the sauce) — Calories: 329, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 518mg, Carbohydrates: 15g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 27g
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