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Tuscan Burgers and Avocado-Tomato Spread

Tuscan Burgers and Avocado-Tomato Spread
Total time:

30 min

Prep time:

30 min

Cook time:


Try a taste of Tuscany with these juicy burgers topped with a California Avocado and sun-dried tomato spread. This recipe was a regional winner in the 2013 National Beef Cook-Off contest!


Serving Size: 4

1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded and peeled
2 Tbsp. finely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef (95% lean)
1/2 cup basil leaves, divided
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 whole-grain hamburger buns, split
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh fennel bulb (core removed)

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  1. Mash avocado in small bowl (should be chunky, not smooth). Add sun-dried tomatoes and half of garlic; mix well. Set aside.
  2. Combine beef, remaining garlic, one fourth of the minced basil leaves and salt in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into 1/2-inch thick patties.
  3. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Place patties in skillet; cook 10 to 12 minutes to medium (160 degrees F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove patties from skillet. Place buns, cut side down in skillet, cook 1 minute or until lightly toasted.
  4. Place burgers on bottom of buns; top each with equal amounts avocado-tomato spread, fennel and remaining basil leaves. Close sandwiches.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Beverage Pairing: Try with an Italian Prosecco.

* Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Nutrition information per serving

Calories 439; Total Fat 25 g (Sat 7 g, Mono 7 g); Cholesterol 77 mg; Sodium 345 mg; Total Carbohydrates 29 g; Dietary Fiber 3 g; Protein 28 g
Nutrition information per serving: 398 calories; 18 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 9 g monounsaturated fat); 76 mg cholesterol; 898 mg sodium; 32 g carbohydrate; 10.1 g fiber; 31 g protein; 9.3 mg niacin; 0.7 mg vitamin B6; 2.3 mcg vitamin B12; 5.8 mg iron; 39.7 mcg selenium; 7.6 mg zinc; 98.6 mg choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, zinc, iron and selenium; and a good source of choline.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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