Turkey Avocado Burgers

With Christmas getting nearer, the shops are full of food, Christmas gift ideas and many other items. They want us to spend our money - and we usually oblige !

Many of us are already thinking; will it be the usual Roast Turkey on Christmas Day or shall we have a joint of beef, or maybe you’d prefer something completely different and are pondering various recipes.

Which leads me nicely onto a recipe a friend was telling me about earlier. We were having the usual chat about very inconsequential things that make up every day life when she asked - you like avocados don’t you? Well yes, I do, one of my favourite dishes is avocado with prawns.

However, I digress slightly. The reason she asked me was she’d found a new recipe Turkey Avocado Burgers. Sounds nice, I said, and could be handy with Christmas coming and Turkey left-overs.

She had seen the original recipe at The Kinfolk Table Recipes but had adapted it to suit her.

Turkey Avocado Burgers
Ingredients - serves 4

500 grams lean mince turkey
little garlic (optional)
1 tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and Pepper
Gruyère cheese slices
2 ripe avocados, sliced (remove stone)

Heat your electric or gas grill to medium - high.

Combine/mix the turkey, olive oil, garlic (if using) cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix together well.
Shape the mixture into four burgers and grill for four to five minutes each side or until cooked right through.
Serve the burgers with some Gruyère cheese slices and avocado slices.

I think they sound great and would make a nice lunch. You may also wish to serve them with either a mixed leaf salad, or some roasted vegetables. If you try out the recipe I do hope you enjoy them.

As for avocados - here's a little more about them, courtesy of BBC Good Food.

Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native to central America, there are four main varieties: Hass (considered to be the best), which has a dark, knobbly skin; the pear-shaped, smooth-skinned Ettinger and Fuerte (of which a tiny, baby-sized variety is also available); and the more spherical Nabal.

Avocado is also sometimes known as a butter pear, because of its unctuous flesh, or as alligator pear because of the Hass variety's textured skin. Highly nutritious, containing vitamin E, iron, potassium and niacin, it's also unique among fruits in that it contains oil - but most of it is the good, monosaturated type.

All the best Jan

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