California Burger Bowls have ambitions. They want to amaze your tastebuds while also offering a healthy, easy, and speedy lunch or dinner. And they succeed! In less than half an hour, California Burger Bowls whip up juicy, savory turkey burgers loaded with the easygoing heat of the West Coast sun and topped with tangy and sweet bites of tropical fruit with the smooth creaminess of avocado. Each bowl is pure happiness all the way down; it leaves you feeling good and your taste buds feeling elated.


For the burgers:

  • olive oil, to taste, for oiling the grill grates
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey

For the salad:

  • 4 cups baby kale salad blend
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cubed into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium mango, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
  • 4 tomatillos, husks removed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chipotle mayonnaise, optional, store-bought or homemade


Step 1 –Preheat the grill to medium heat.

Step 2 –Using the olive oil, grease the grill grates.

Step 3 –In a large bowl, mix the milk, the oats, the salt, the cumin, the chili powder, and the pepper.

Step 4 –Add the turkey and mix lightly, but thoroughly.

Step 5 –Shape the turkey mixture into four, 1/2-inch-thick, patties.

Step 6 –Grill the patties on the prepared rack, covered, until cooked to 165 degrees F internally, about 4-5 minutes per side.

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Step 7 –Serve the turkey over the salad blend with the pineapple, the mango, the avocado, the red pepper, the tomatillos, and the chipotle mayonnaise.