I absolutely love plantains! If you haven't tried a plantain before, It's a combination of a less sweet banana, and starchy potato. When you go to the supermarket and go to the banana section, you'll notice very green looking bananas, those are plantains! Plantains do turn yellow when very ripe. I love them fried and dipped in guacamole, and used as a bun for burgers like in this recipe! Since these burgers are mini, they are the perfect lunch or appetizer to serve at a party!
Not only are plantains delicious, they are full of many health benefits! They contain a lot of potassium, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Let's get to cooking!
Cilantro-Lime Turkey Burgers with Guacamole & Salsa on Plantain Buns
Turkey Burger Ingredients:
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (to grease pan)
- 1 green plantain, peeled and sliced
- salt & pepper, to taste
- coconut oil to coat pan
- 1/2 cup guacamole
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1/2 cup shredded grass fed cheddar cheese (optional)
First, we are going to make the plantain buns! Heat enough coconut oil to cover the bottom of a large pan over medium high heat, Once hot, add plantain slices. Fry for about 2 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on a cutting board. Using the bottom of a plate, and gently smash the plantains. Fry in hot oil again about a minute per side, until golden and crispy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Now we are going to form the burger patties! Mix together ground turkey, cilantro, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, dijon mustard, lime juice, salt, and pepper in large bowl. Form into four small patties. Heat coconut oil in large pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add burgers and lower heat to medium. Cook for about 5 minutes, flip and cook for about 4 minutes, or until cooked throughout and golden. Once they are almost fully cooked, top with cheddar cheese, if using.
Time to assemble! Place turkey burgers on plantain slices, top with salsa, then guacamole, and top with another plantain slice! Enjoy!!