The California Turkey Burger

The California Turkey Burger

Hi guys!

When I was beach bumming around La Jolla a few months ago I had lunch at a cute little restaurant that had this¬†burger on the menu. They called it ‘The California Turkey Burger’ and I ordered it and well… it was love.

So I maaaaaaaaybe jotted down the gist of the recipe so I could recreate it for us at home.

Sly-like-a-fox ;)

The California Turkey Burger One of the reasons I was so crazy for this burger was ALL of the toppings! I’m definitely a condiment person, so in my mind, the more the better.

The toppings on this particular burger include alfalfa sprouts, pepper jack cheese, tomato, cucumber slaw, avocado, and a light drizzle of RUSSIAN dressing!!! Gah. It’s so so sooooo dreamy, you guys!

The California Turkey Burger

Here’s the recipe! xo

The California Turkey Burger – Baker by Nature

Serves 4


For the Turkey Burgers:

1 pound ground turkey meat

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Salt and pepper

8 slices pepper jack cheese

4 slices tomato, thickly cut

1 ripe avocado, pitted and cut into 8 slices

1 cup alfalfa sprouts

1/4 cup Russian salad dressing

4 large burger buns, toasted

For the Cucumber Slaw:

1 English cucumber, cut into matchsticks

2 scallions, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons sour cream

1/2 tablespoon dijion mustard

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar or honey

Salt and pepper, to taste


For the Turkey Burgers:

In a large bowl mix together the turkey meat, egg,¬†worcestershire sauce, oil, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Divide meat into 4 parts then form each part into a burger patty. Set in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up. Make sure you only leave them in there for 10 minutes or they’ll begin to freeze.

*You can make your slaw while they’re in there ;)

When ready to cook, heat a large skillet over a medium-high flame and cook burgers on each side for 4-5 minutes, or until the middle is no longer pink (I usually cut into one of the burgers right around the 8 minute mark to check).

Place cooked burgers on toasted buns (you can warm them up in the oven while the burgers are cooking, or just pop them in the toaster), top them with 2 slices of cheese, then add the tomato, avocado, sprouts, and cucumber slaw. Lightly drizzle the tops of each burger with a tablespoon of Russian dressing, and serve at once!

For the Cucumber Slaw:

In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients, stir well to combine. Place bowl in the refrigerator until needed.

*This is best the first day, but can last for up to two days when stored in an airtight container.

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11 Responses to The California Turkey Burger

  1. I love sprouts in my sammies. Makes it taste so fresh and healthy!

  2. As a California girl myself, I can definitely say you nailed this! We sure love our avocados here. I’m all about turkey burgers lately. I might even like them better than beef burgers.

  3. Whoa – this looks like my kinda burger! I love turkey burgers a lot, but hardly make them at home because hubby isn’t a fan of turkey burgers.

    I will definitely have to give this one a try and just make it all for myself! I also love the sprouts. :)

  4. Eileen says:

    Well, now I want many burgers for lunch. :) And plenty of avocado! NOM.

  5. I could eat Russian dressing with a spoon, I love it so. Way to be sly like a fox so you could share this amazeballs recipe! :)

  6. Now that is a burger! I love that thick layer of alfalfa sprouts!

  7. I just stopped and stared at that first pic with the hope that it would come off the screen and into my mouth. No such luck :) But I love everything about this burger, the avocado, cheese, sprouts and russian sauce, yum!

  8. Kathryn says:

    This sounds totally up my street, love those west coast flavours!

  9. This burger is the defination of California!

  10. This is burger perfection!! Love the Cali flavors!

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