In February of 2007, I had the suprising opportunity of appearing on the Rachael Ray show, as the winner of her first annual "Burger Bash" contest. The contest stipulated a maximum of ten ingredients-but if you don't mind using eleven, I recommend adding an egg to the turkey mixture. If not, go a little easier on the green salsa. They're firmer and easier to work with that way. You're going to love these burgers, especially if you have some green tomatoes in the garden! They are juicy, cheesy, slightly spicy and absolutely scandalously good!
Salsa Verde Turkey Burgers
Estimated Cost: $6.50 for four
1 avocado, halved and pitted
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground turkey thigh meat
1 egg (optional)
1/2 cup salsa verde
4 slices pepper Jack cheese (about 4 ounces)
4 kaiser rolls, split
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
1. Scoop the avocado flesh into a small bowl. Add the mayonnaise and garlic and mash with a fork until well combined but chunky. Season with salt and set aside.2. In a medium bowl, combine the ground turkey, (egg, if using) and salsa. Divide the mixture to form 4 patties.3. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the patties for 4 minutes on one side. Flip and top each with a slice of cheese; cover and cook for 4 minutes more.4. Spread the avocado aioli on
2 small green or red tomatoes, sliced
the split side of each roll bottom and cover with 1/4 cup cilantro. Top with a patty and 2 tomato slices; set the roll tops into place.