I made these the other night, when I was craving turkey burgers, avocado and a fairly healthy, balanced meal. One burger and a serving or 2 of salad make for a very filling meal, though it may not look like much!


  • 1.25 lb ground turkey
  • 8 oz fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • whole wheat burger buns
  • slices of colby jack cheese
  • salsa
  • sliced avocado


Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl, either with your hands or with a spoon. Form mixture into 5 burgers. Grill or broil until cooked through. Put on a bun, and top with cheese, salsa, and avocado.


  • The seasoning blend is all approximate – I just dumped a bunch of stuff in, so do it to taste. The ricotta helps to keep the turkey nice and moist.
  • I broiled the burgers the one time I made them. The ricotta kind of charred when I broiled them for about 4 minutes on each side, then I baked them at 350 to cook them the rest of the way through. They looked as though they would fall apart if I’d grilled them, so I would recommend adding an egg and maybe bread crumbs to the burger mixture.