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California Burgers

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Have you made your Homemade Guacamole yet? Well it’s time to start using it! I already told you that I prefer my guacamole on top of sandwiches over eating it straight with chips, and my favorite food group is burgers…..So it only stands to reason that these California Burgers would be one of my absolute favorite burgers!!

These yummy California Burgers are topped with melted cheese, homemade guacamole and sandwiched between toasted buns! cookingwithcurls.com

Why did I call them California Burgers? I’m not exactly sure. Almost every dish that contains avocado, get’s named “California” whatever it is. If you have never lived in California, you may not know that guacamole and salsa are standard condiments right along side ketchup and mayonnaise! We put it on everything. 🙂  Turkey sandwiches, burgers, grilled cheese, and of course Mexican food.

Cinco de Mayo is coming up, and this year I am working on getting all of my basics together and posted. This blog is actually a family cookbook for my kids, so they need the basic recipes all in one place if they want to recreate the meals that they have grown up eating. 🙂

How to make California Burgers:

Form and season the burger patties, and cook in a large skillet or frying pan until no longer pink…..

California Burgers cook cookingwithcurls.com

Cover cooked patties with sharp white cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese {I like shredded}…..

California Burgers cheese cookingwithcurls.com

Remove from heat, and cover pan with a lid to melt the cheese…..

California Burgers cover cookingwithcurls.com

Toast the Hamburger buns…..

California Burgers toast cookingwithcurls.com

Top with the cheeseburger…..

California Burgers bun cookingwithcurls.com

and bacon slices…..

California Burgers bacon cookingwithcurls.com

and Guacamole…..

California Burgers with guacamole, cheese and thick-cut bacon! cookingwithcurls.com

Bam…..dinner in less than 30 minutes!! Serve with a salad, Southwest Sweet Potato Fries, or tortilla chips.

More delicious burger recipes:

What is your favorite burger? I am always looking for new versions to try! 😉


These yummy California Burgers are topped with melted cheese, homemade guacamole and sandwiched between toasted buns! cookingwithcurls.com

California Burgers

These yummy California Burgers are topped with melted cheese, homemade guacamole and sandwiched between toasted buns!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, cheese, recipe, guacamole, bacon, hamburger, buns
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 602kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 ½ Pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • sea salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces white sharp cheddar cheese grated (substitute Monterrey Jack if you can find it :))
  • 6 - 8 Slices uncured, thick-sliced bacon
  • ½ cup guacamole
  • lettuce and tomato
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • Divide ground beef and form burger patties. Sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook burgers until no longer pink.
  • Sprinkle with grated cheese, and cover pan with a lid to melt the cheese.
  • Toast hamburger buns, then top with cheeseburger, bacon slices, guacamole, lettuce and tomato.


Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 5mg

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  1. Whoa, this burger looks incredible! Guess I’d better get on that guacamole so I can make this! Great and amazing photos – pinned of course! 🙂 Have a great day, Lisa!

  2. I love a California burger, although I usually make them with ground turkey and skip the bacon. Guacamole is so terrific.. it is working its way East I’m happy to report. I’m seeing it more and more, which is good news for us!

  3. Looks wonderful! I LOVE Guacamole, too……I’ve never made it tho…..will be searching your recipe….we tease Stella and tell her we almost named her ‘Guacamole’! She doesn’t think that’s funny…haha

  4. This burger definitely represents CA! I’d love to sink my teeth into this for lunch, and I can’t wait to see those sweet potato fries later this week. My favorite burger is a turkey burger, and it would be great just like this!

  5. This looks amazing, Lisa, and I love avocado slices or guac on burgers. Grass-fed beef makes the best burgers, and we even had that same bacon last week. Pinning so that I remember to make this next time I we have bacon! 🙂

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