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Southwestern burger bowls in white bowls on white background with bowl of green avocado dressing.

Southwestern Burger Bowls with Avocado Goddess Dressing

  • Author: Ally Milligan
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Ameican


Southwestern burger bowls with avocado goddess dressing: perfect prep-ahead meal. Full of veggies and topped with turkey burgers. Easy gluten-free meal prep.



Herby Turkey Burgers

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup soft herbs, chopped (choose mint, parsley, cilantro or a mix)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Avocado Goddess Dressing

  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt, dairy-free if desired
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 8 oz baby arugula
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice, defrosted if needed (see notes)
  • 1 (15-oz) can of black beans, drained
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • kernels cut from 2 ears of corn or 1 (15-oz) can of corn, drained
  • 1/2 red onion, diced


  1. Make the turkey burgers. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Shape into four burgers and arrange on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once the oven is preheated, bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through, until internal temperature reads 165 degrees F.
  2. Make the avocado goddess dressing. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

  3. Assemble the bowls (see notes for meal prep instructions). Get out four bowls or plates and put a big handful of baby arugula on each. Add a scoop of the cauliflower rice (about 1 cup) on top of the bed of arugula. Divide the drained black beans, halved cherry tomatoes, corn kernels, and red onion between the four plates. Top each plate with an herby turkey burger, and drizzle with the desired amount of avocado goddess dressing.


Cauliflower Rice. You can buy cauliflower rice or make your own. Learn where to buy it and how to make it here.

Meal Prep. Divide the cauliflower rice between four meal prep containers. Top with equal amounts of prepped black beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, and red onion. Add one herby turkey burger to each container. Keep the baby arugula, pumpkin seeds, and avocado dressing in separate airtight containers in the fridge. When ready to eat (or before leaving for work in the morning), add a handful of baby arugula to each bowl and top with 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds, if using. Add the dressing right before eating.

Keywords: burger bowl, burger salad, avocado dressing