Avocado-Bun Turkey Sliders


Instead of being served on traditional buns, these turkey sliders are sandwiched inside mini avocados for a clever (and low-carb) meal--because why put avocado on your burger when you can put your burger on an avocado? Quick pickled onions are a pretty and tasty topping, and chipotle mayo seals the deal. Bonus: The burgers are cooked on a baking sheet, so it's easy to whip up a whole batch.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 burgers


  • 1 small red onion, quartered and sliced

  • ½ cup white vinegar

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • ¾ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, divided

  • 6 teaspoons mayonnaise

  • 6 ripe baby avocados, halved, pitted and peeled

  • 2 Roma tomatoes, cut into 6 slices each

  • 3 leaves green-leaf lettuce, halved

  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Combine onion, vinegar, water, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for at least 15 minutes. Drain.

  3. Gently mix turkey, cilantro, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Form into 6 oval-shaped patties the size of your avocados (about 2 by 3 inches) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, stir together mayonnaise and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle in a small bowl.

  5. To assemble, cut a thin slice from the bottom half of each avocado to make it more stable. Top an avocado half with 1 teaspoon of the mayonnaise mixture, about 1 tablespoon of the pickled onion, a burger, 2 tomato slices, lettuce and another avocado half. Sprinkle each slider with sesame seeds.

    two sliders with avocados as the buns

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

468 Calories
38g Fat
20g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 468
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 14g 51%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 19g 39%
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Vitamin A 858IU 17%
Vitamin C 24mg 27%
Folate 175mcg 44%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 64mg 15%
Potassium 1244mg 26%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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