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Recipe: Cilantro Lime Jalapeño Burgers

A burger with a slice of cheese and avocado on top and a side of rutabaga fries on a blue plate

Who doesn’t love a good burger? Our Level2 Registered Dietitians have cooked up a fantastic one that offers a perfect proportion of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats — plus a little spice just to keep things interesting. And for a nice bonus? Fries made from rutabaga and grilled veggies! Check out the recipes below and watch our cooking video for inspiration.


Ingredients for 4-5 burgers:

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey, hamburger or chicken
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 tbsp red onion, diced
  • 3/4 medium jalapeño, finely diced (seeds removed)
  • 2-3 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive or avocado oil
  • Aioli Sauce
    • ¼ cup light mayo
    • 1 Tbsp lime juice
    • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • Provolone cheese
  • Avocado (1 small or medium)


  1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and form into patties.
  2. Heat avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil in skillet on medium, then add patties to sear, about 3-4 minutes either side. once browned, add a splash or two of water and cover, to steam/finish cooking, about 5 minutes.
  3. Serve with guacamole slices and provolone cheese on top.

Nutrition Information (Serving size 1 burger): Calories: 206 / Total Fat: 10 grams / Total Carbs: 5 grams / Dietary Fiber: 2 grams / Total Protein: 24 grams
Nutrition for a whole grain hamburger bun: Calories: 120/ Fat: 2 g/ Carbs: 23g/ Protein 6 g
Nutrition info for provolone cheese: Calories: 80/ Fat: 6 g/ Carbs: 1 g/ Protein: 6 g
Nutrition info for ¼ of an avocado: Calories: 60/ Fat: 5.5 g/ Carbs: 3.2 g/ Protein: .8 g
Nutrition (Aioli, 1 Tbsp): Calories: 46 cals / Fat: 3.6 g
TOTAL NUTRITION: 512 cals/ 27 g fat/ 32.2 g carb/ 36.8 g protein



  • 1 Rutabaga (medium)
  • 2 Tbsp Avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Cut one rutabaga into rectangle slices or circles. Keep them about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Coat with avocado oil, sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Arrange them in a single layer on a rack. Do not crowd — air flow is important.
  5. Bake at 425 for 35-40 minutes. They should be soft on the inside, crispy on the outside. (You can try these in an air fryer, too, for a quicker cooking time!)

Nutrition Facts (Serving Size: 4): Calories: 96 / Total Fat: .5g / Total Carbohydrate: 8 g / Protein: 1.7 g



  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Yellow Bell pepper (or any color you prefer)
  • 1 Onion


  1. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and any other seasonings you like you use!
  2. Make sure to cut your veggies in similar sized pieces so they grill evenly! The beauty of grilling veggies is you can throw together any of your favorites. Tip: If you have a grill basket, preheat the grill basket for 10-15 minutes ahead of time. You can use tin foil as well.
  3. Grill until browned and tender – around 10 minutes.
  4. Fill half your plate with your grilled veggies.

Nutrition Facts (per 1 cup serving): Calories: 77 / Total Fat: 4 grams / Carbohydrates: 9 grams / Fiber: 3 grams / Protein: 2 grams