Burgers and avocados are a natural pairing, but instead of piling slices of avocado on top, why not stuff guacamole inside? The inspiration for this simple but genius recipe came from the Civilized Caveman, who adds sun dried tomatoes to his avocado-stuffed burgers.
In the version here, burgers with a Southwest vibe are stuffed with lime-spiked guacamole. The combination of spicy seasonings and refreshing avocado is hard to beat. Yes, of course you could just serve guacamole on the side with regular burgers, but it’s not the same. When the guacamole is stuffed inside the burger, something magical happens. The meat and avocado become one.
These Guacamole-Stuffed Southwest Burgers are big and satisfying, every bite an explosion of flavor. They’re a delicious change of pace from regular burgers and an excuse to ditch ketchup for hot sauce and salsa.
Servings: 4 to 6
Time in the Kitchen: 45 minutes
Heat the grill to medium-high.
In a small bowl, mash the avocados with the lime juice, shallot and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the meat with the garlic, cilantro, jalapeno or bell pepper, chili powder, cumin and salt.
Divide the ground meat into 6 even mounds. Split each mound in two and form two thin burger patties, one patty slightly bigger than the other.
Dollop a spoonful of avocado in the middle of the smaller patty, spreading it out slightly but making sure to leave a little rim around the edge of the meat.
Set the larger patty on top and fold/pinch the edges together and shape the burger in your hands to form a tight seal around the guacamole.
Repeat with the remaining five burgers.
Grill the burgers 5 to 7 minutes a side or until cooked to your liking.
Serve with hot sauce or salsa on top.