Turkey Burgers With Lime Mayo and Crispy Oven Fries


Turkey burgers get a bad rap, but it doesn’t have to be that way when you make them in your own kitchen. This is because you get to control the seasoning—since turkey is a blank canvas, the spices and level of salt can make or break the taste of the final burger. Here, chili powder adds tons of flavor, since it’s a blend of several different spices including garlic powder, dried oregano, and of course, dried chilis. Add some chopped onion and the patty is flavorful, not bland or dry. Topped with a lime mayo and ripe avocado and you might never go back to beef burgers.

Turkey Burgers With Lime Mayo and Avocado
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes, cut lengthwise into ½-in.-long wedges

  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • 1 pound ground turkey (preferably dark meat)

  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion 

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest, plus 2 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 large lime) 

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • 1 avocado, sliced 

  • 4 Bibb lettuce leaves 


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss potatoes with 3 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Arrange skin side down in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender and crispy, 35 to 40 minutes

  2. Meanwhile, stir together turkey, onion, and remaining 1 teaspoon chili powder and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, then form into scant ¾-inch-thick patties.

  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add patties and cook until charred on both sides and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.

  4. Stir together mayonnaise, lime zest, and lime juice. Assemble burgers on toasted buns with lime mayo, avocado, and lettuce. Serve with potato wedges and any remaining lime mayo on the side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

802 Calories
50g Fat
58g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 802
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 1226mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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