The other night I REALLY didn’t feel like cooking, but I knew that if I didn’t plan something, our dinner prospects would consist of either takeout sushi, or pizza (which Jay, to his credit, would probably make instead of ordering). I know many wives would say this, but my husband really is the best out there and offered to make dinner instead of me (yay!). Jay doesn’t cook often, but he has a few things he’s really good with, and ground meat is one of them. Looking for a great chicken meatloaf?? He’s your man.
I wasn’t in the mood for meatloaf, and we don’t really eat red meat in our house (with the exception of the occasional brisket), so I opted for turkey burgers. These are really easy to make, and since it was pretty chilly out and Jay didn’t feel like BBQing (I don’t even know how to turn the thing on, otherwise I would have done it myself!), we decided to try out a cast iron skillet that has been sitting, unopened, in our cupboard for months. I have to say, who needs a BBQ with this thing in your kitchen arsenal?? The burgers turned out fabulous and since they were so simple, I couldn’t resist dressing them up just a little bit with some guacamole. Instead of buns, we decided to have some rice and lentil pilaf (which I admit came from a box, but I have added it to my to-do list to try out a homemade recipe).
It was a really delicious dinner! Sometimes, the simplest things are the best. 🙂
Turkey burger with Guacamole
FOR THE BURGERS (all measurements are REALLY approximate)
1 pkg lean ground turkey
1/4 to 1/3 cup bread crumbs or matzo meal (Jay used matzo meal for these)
3-4 tbsp ketchup
A few tbsp of liquid egg whites or 1 large egg
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1-2 tbsp onion soup mix
FOR THE GUACAMOLE (also approximate measurements – just eyeball and taste test it!)
1 1/2 avocados, very ripe
1 roma tomato, diced
2-3 tbsp minced red onion (more or less depending on taste)
2ish tbsp lime juice
a dash of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
- For the burgers, mix all ingredients together in a bowl, and form into balls (we got 5 burgers out of one package of meat). If BBQing, you know what to do. If using the cast iron skillet, grease it well, heat it up on the stove, and then drop balls in, one at a time. Immediately after dropping each one, flip it, and smush it down (when I googled, it said that this cauterizes the meat and helps avoid getting stuck).
- Cook on one side until burgers are about 80% done, then flip over.
- For the guacamole, put the soft avocado into a medium sized bowl, and then using either a fork or a potato masher, mash until mostly smooth but some chunks remain.
- Add in all the other ingredients, and mix through. Let stand about half an hour in the fridge to allow flavours to blend.