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Kickin' Big Bird Burgers with Chunky Guacamole

Ostrich is the newest wave in healthy eating. With only 4% fat in most cuts of meat, these burgers not only have great flavor, but are good for you too.

Ingredients 

Chunky Guacamole
3 avocados - peeled and seeded
1 small onion - peeled
2 romas tomatoes - seeded
1 clove garlic - minced
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon fajita seasoning
Patties
2 pounds ground ostrich
1 clove garlic - minced
2 teaspoons fajita seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill rack
6 slices monterey jack cheese
6 kaiser rolls - sliced in half horizontally
6 leaves romaine lettuce
12 tomato slices

Instructions 

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover. To make the guacamole, in a 4-cup handcrank food processor, combine avocados, onion, tomato, garlic, lime juice and seasoning; chop roughly. Set aside. To make the patties, in a large bowl, combine ground ostrich, garlic, seasoning and black pepper. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Shape mixture into six equal patties approximately one-inch thick. When grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference (4-5 minutes on each side for medium) or until internal temperature reaches at least 155 degrees F. During last 2-3 minutes of grilling, place a slice of cheese on each patty. During last 2-3 minutes of grilling, place rolls, cut side down, on outer edges of rack to toast lightly. To assemble the burgers, place a leaf of lettuce on each roll bottom, top with a patty, 2 tablespoons guacamole, 2 tomato slices and roll top. Serve. Makes 6 burgers.