BBQ Spiced Turkey Burgers with Avocado Salad In a Pita

This midweek meal pick me up for those nights when you REALLY don’t feel like getting something together for dinner but you REALLY want something satisfying. A juicy, super flavorful Turkey Burger can be faced up with any of your favorite burger toppings and stuffed into a pita, for slightly less carbo loading.

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  • Burgers: 1 lb. organic ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced into 1/2
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • BBQ Sauce: 1/2 fresh orange, juiced
  • 1/3 cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. mayo (I like vegan mayo because it is tangy and has less calories)
  • 2 large avocados, diced
  • 4 pita pockets
  • Additional Toppings:
  • Sliced Cheddar Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Corn
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the Turkey Burger ingredients. Using your hands, mix together thoroughly. Allow mixture to marinate for 10-15 minutes or up to over night. I like to do this ahead of time so when it’s time for dinner, you can easily pop the burgers out of the fridge and make into patties.
  2. While marinating, prepare all other toppings and the BBQ – Mayo sauce. Mix together the juice from 1/2 orange, BBQ Sauce, and vegan mayo.
  3. When ready to serve, heat the grill or a cast iron skillet over hight until it’s very hot. {I love making burgers in a cast iron skillet, not only because I live in an apt. most of the year but also because it’s easy and the clean up is quick}.
  4. Meanwhile, form your patties into 3″ wide burgers. I prefer smaller patties for a pita because the pita is able to hold them better. You should have 8 patties, so 2 per pita sandwich.
  5. If using a skillet, add in 1/2 Tbsp. of olive oil. Add on the patties and allow to cook for 6 minutes. Flip, cover, and allow to cook for another 6 minutes. Add on the cheese and cover. Allow to continue to cook and melt the cheese for 1-2 minutes This will give the total cooking time for the burger approx. 14-15 minutes.
  6. Heat the pitas in a hot oven for 1 minute.
  7. Take off skillet and stuff in pita with your desired toppings. Serve immediately with the BBQ sauce and any additional sides and toppings.

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