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Every summer needs a new burger and this is that burger.

Jalapeno Cheddar Guacamole Turkey Burgers with Crispy Onions | @hbharvest

You guys, say hello to the jalapeño cheddar guacamole turkey burger…with crispy onions. It’s spicy, cheesy, loaded with avocado, and topped with crispy fried onions. I mean, can you say, so much to love?

I came up with the idea for these burgers the other day while hiking and as soon as the thought crossed my mind, I knew I had to come home and make them right away. That’s just what I did…and here they are!

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I hate, hate, hate, photographing burgers of any kind. Therefore, any burger recipes even slightly less than incredible will not make the cut.

These turkey burgers more than made the cut, they were just too good to pass up…

As you can tell, I’m pretty excited about them. I had all my test tasters (aka most of my family, who are all in town in preparation for our Mexico trip), try them out last night. The verdict was unanimous, everyone loved them!

Jalapeno Cheddar Guacamole Turkey Burgers with Crispy Onions | @hbharvest

Jalapeno Cheddar Guacamole Turkey Burgers with Crispy Onions | @hbharvest

As I expected, I love the burger, but not so much the photos. Typical of me, but I’m just going to get over it because the most important thing here is that the recipe is solid and beyond good, and trust me it is.

The burger patties themselves are worthy of their own recipe. They are moist, full of flavor and every bite is delicious. To give the burgers a smoky feel, I roasted the jalapeños before adding them to the turkey mix. It’s a simple step that adds so much flavor and also helps to tame the heat of the burger. I then added some sharp cheddar cheese, and a pinch of smoked paprika for flavor.

So freaking good. I really can’t describe just how good these are, but as soon as you place a burger on the grill and begin to smell it’s amazing aroma you’ll begin to realize just how good these burgers are. And then, if you’re into it, you can add a slice of smoky gouda and melt it over top each burger.

You don’t have to add the extra cheese, but I highly recommend it.


Jalapeno Cheddar Guacamole Turkey Burgers with Crispy Onions | @hbharvest

To take things a step further, I finished each burger with plenty of smashed avocado and crispy fried onions.

Avocado + crispy onions…on a jalapeño cheddar burger?

All I have to say, is YUMMM.

One, this is the perfect dinner for a Wednesday night (because it’s been quite a week and a fun burger sounds like just what we all need). Two, after you make these once, you’ll realize that these burgers would be perfect for the 4th of July! How fun would these be served up for you Fourth festivities? You can make the onions and patties in advance so that all you have to do is grill the burgers and warm the onions, then just serve um up. <– I am so down with that!

Also, watermelon on the side?

That is a MUST.

Jalapeno Cheddar Guacamole Turkey Burgers with Crispy Onions | @hbharvest

Jalapeño Cheddar Guacamole Turkey Burgers with Crispy Onions

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 991 kcal

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  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 slices smoked gouda or cheddar
  • 4 burger buns, toasted
  • 2 avocados lightly mashed
  • juice from 1 lime
  • chipotle mayo and fresh cilantro, for serving

Crispy Onions

  • 2 large white onions, halved and then sliced very thin
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • oil, for frying


  • 1. Preheat the broiler to high. Place the jalapeños on a baking sheet and place under the broiler. Broil until charred all over, about 5 minutes. Remove and let cool and then seed and chop the jalapeños.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine the jalapeños, turkey, cheddar, panko, egg, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix until just combined and then shape the mix into 4 even size burger patties.
    3. Preheat the outdoor grill or grill pan to high. Grill the burger for 5 minute per side or until cooked through. During the last minute of cooking add the cheese slices. 
    4. To assemble, spread the chipotle mayo on the bottom of each bun. Top with a burger, avocado, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Add the crispy onions (recipe follows) and cilantro. EAT

Crispy Onions

  • 1. Heat a large pot of oil until it reaches 375 degrees F. or until a pinch of flour sizzles when sprinkled over the pot.
    2. Add the sliced onions to a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over top. Use your hand to submerge the onions in the buttermilk. 
    3. To a shallow bowl, add the flour and a pinch of salt. Remove a handful of onions from the buttermilk and place them into the flour mixture. Coat the onions in the flour mixture, and then tap them on the inside of the bowl to shake off the excess. Carefully drop the onions into the hot oil. With a spoon, fiddle with them a bit just to break them up. Watch the onions closely as they cook quick! After about 1 or 2 minutes, they should be golden brown, remove from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
    4. Repeat with the remaining onion slices. Onions are best served right away, but can be reheated in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes. *Watch closely, making sure they do not burn.

Jalapeno Cheddar Guacamole Turkey Burgers with Crispy Onions | @hbharvest

For real, these burgers are the best. Just sayin’.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was so good and so easy. We just did the burger without the bun and added Cilantro to the mix. Adding to the rotation!

  2. 5 stars
    We made the chicken burger version of this and added one diced shallot to the chicken mixture. THIS BURGER WAS AMAZING. We skipped the fried onion, because you just don’t need it, and, well, we were short on time. Chipotle mayo was so smart. These were devoured!

    1. Hey Nicole,
      Totally, that should work well for you. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight, it was excellent! To save time, I used pickled onions I had on hand instead of making the crispy ones, but will do them next time – this is definitely going into the rotation. Thanks, Tieghan!

    1. Hey Katie,
      Awesome!! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing! My whole family loved these. I did half the onions and it was still plenty for the four of us. Another keeper – thank you!!

    1. Hey Kaki,
      Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Rachelle,
      You should be able to purchase chipotle mayo at your local grocery store. I hope you love these burgers, please let me know if you give them a try! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    I found this recipe when I searched “ground turkey” and so glad I did- hidden gem from 2017! What a fun and delicious spin on Turkey burgers in the warm weather! LOVED this recipe and the toppings were perfect (did caramelized onions instead). Definitely adding to the rotation!!

    1. Hey Courtney,
      I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed. Thanks so much for giving it a try. Have a great week! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    One of the best recipes I have ever tried! We couldn’t love these more! I have tried many of your recipes and without fail they are amazing (although I think I would like the Buffalo egg rolls deep fat fried better than made in the oven;)!!

    1. Hey Suzanne,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe was incredible! The burgers were so delicious and ~moist~ cringe! Such an amazing recipe and even my boyfriend who is a big beef burger kind of guy told me that this is the best meal I have ever cooked for him! 10/10 will be remaking this again! Thank you so much for all your great recipes! I just bought your book and can’t wait to keep cooking!

  8. I never leave reviews on anything but I just had to let you know that we have made these burgers 3 times in the past two weeks. They are soooooo freaking good. We can not get enough! It will definitely remain a staple in our home!

  9. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, another 5/5 recipe! I will definitely put this on our dinner rotation. Sooo good and spicy! Perfect summer burger!

  10. This recipe sounds amazing but I can’t eat spicy food. Would it taste the same without the jalapeño peppers?

    1. Hi Samantha,
      You can totally just leave the jalapeño peppers out. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Yes, either option will be great. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  11. Keep up the good work , I read few posts on this site and I conceive that your site is rattling interesting and contains sets of wonderful information.

  12. Tieghan – do you use a burger press or some kind of shaper to get your burgers so perfectly shaped? Mine never look this good!

    1. haha! No I don’t use a press! I guess I just am OCD and spend too much time making them into patties. LOL. Hope you love this recipe!

  13. just made these for dinner! delicious! I used pretzel buns and opted for the smoked Gouda.

    didn’t feel like going through all the work for the onions.. so I just sliced one really thin and frizzled it in canola oil on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

    thanks for another mouth watering recipe!!!! cannot wait for the cookbook.

  14. Tieghan! I am vegan BUT these burgers look mouth-watering, so I am going to try them with a veggie burger or corn fritter instead! Do you think the crispy onions could be done in the oven? I don’t have a deep fryer and the idea of using so much oil just for one thing stresses me out, lol! Side note, it’s winter here so I am DYING for some fresh, in-season avocados again!!! Wah! *crying emoji*

  15. I made these last night. They were amazing! I was lazy and used frozen onion rings. My kids said to put this one of the “rotation”.

  16. These were our choice for 4th of July good ole American dinner with your Tieghan Twists! We dressed them exactly as your recipe was written and made those super crispy onions ,which were the bomb. Been a fan of ground turkey for decades and they grilled up wonderful and the combo of everything was over the top delish! Could not put mine down until it was g-o-n-e….then the watermelon salad as the chaser so to speak 🙂 Definitely a celebratory recipe for sure!

    1. This makes me so happy!! I am thrilled you loved this and it turned out amazing for you Tammy! Thank you!

  17. Love this burger Tieghan! We enjoy turkey burgers quite often. Can’t wait to try your version!

  18. These sound EPIC! Seriously all the best flavors 😀 Plus I’m having a major moment with smoked paprika right now so I love that you used it here!

  19. Omigosh, these burgers looks and sounds amazing, Tieghan! And those crispy onions! How can I resist?