Grilled Bell Pepper-Bun Turkey Burgers with Avocado Goddess Sauce

We skipped the traditional bun and opted for sweet and tender-crisp grilled peppers instead to cut carbs and boost veggies in this flavor-packed turkey burger. The creamy avocado goddess sauce adds texture and keeps everything in place.

Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 small bell peppers (any color)

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 3 scallions, sliced, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 small ripe avocado, peeled and pitted

  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • 2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste

  • 4 leaves lettuce


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Cut tops and bottoms off bell peppers and remove the seeds. Stand the peppers up and cut down through the middle of each to make 2 halves. Flatten the pepper halves with the palm of your hand. (You'll have 8 pepper halves.) Gently mix turkey, 2/3 of the scallions, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper together in a medium bowl. Shape the mixture into four 4-inch patties.

  3. Lightly coat the bell pepper pieces with cooking spray and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Grill until softened and charred in places but still firm, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 165°F, 5 to 7 minutes per side.

  4. Meanwhile, place avocado, cilantro, parsley, mayonnaise, vinegar, anchovy paste and the remaining scallion in a mini food processor. Process until smooth. Place each burger on a bell pepper piece. Smear with about 2 tablespoons avocado sauce, then top with a lettuce leaf and another pepper piece.

    Grilled Bell Pepper-Bun Turkey Burgers with Avocado Goddess Sauce
    Brie Passano

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
19g Fat
10g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 burger & 2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Vitamin A 3212IU 64%
Sodium 412mg 18%
Potassium 746mg 16%

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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