Source: America's Favorite Food Associations

California Avocado Beef Patties
Mashed avocado, chili peppers, and onions enliven these moist, lightly spiced hamburgers.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 1/2 minutes


1 medium-size avocado
2 tablespoon green chili peppers, diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons green onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup jack cheese, shredded
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
lettuce, butter leaves
4 thin slices tomato

Halve avocado lengthwise and remove pit; then peel. Slice half the avocado and coat pieces with lemon juice; set aside.

In a bowl, mash remaining avocado half.

Stir in chili pepper, egg, onion, the 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, garlic, and salt.

Add beef and combine thoroughly (mixture will be moist).

With your hands, shape meat into 4 patties, each about 3/4 inch thick.

Microwave a 10-inch browning dish or skillet on HIGH (100%) for 4 1/2 minutes.

Carefully remove dish (the bottom is very hot) to a heat proof surface.

Place patties on dish. Microwave, uncovered ,on HIGH (100%) for 3 minutes. Drain off fat.

Turn patties over. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 2 minutes or until juices run clear when patty is slashed.

Sprinkle each patty with 2 tablespoons of the cheese. Cover with wax paper and let stand for 5 minutes.

Arrange patties on bottom of buns and top each patty with lettuce leaves, tomato slice and a few avocado slices.

Cover with remaining buns.