Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Oprah's Favortite Turkey Burger

Oprah. She's everywhere. I never imagined her name would be on my blog, and I kind of preferred it that way. Oh well- I digress. She does have good taste in turkey burgers! My friend, Clint, INSISTED that I try this recipe because they are the BEST turkey burgers. Well...yes. Yes, they are. They are not quite as easy as these (which are also yummy), but they really do have a great flavor and are worth the extra effort if you have the time. I wasn't sure how I would feel about them because they contained some sweet ingredients, and I'm not a big fan of sweet with meat, but these really didn't taste sweet because all the flavors were balanced out really well. Put these on your menu next time you make turkey burgers!
The original recipe can be found here, but the recipe as I made them (scaled down and a couple minor changes) is below.

Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burger (serves 4)
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 Tbsp thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 Tbsp thinly sliced celery
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp jalapeno hot sauce (we didn't have Tabasco, but I loved the jalapeno sauce!)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp Major Grey's Chutney (found near mustard/condiments in grocery store)
1. Saute onions, celery, and apple with olive oil in a skillet until tender. Set aside to cool.
2. Combine sauteed veggies/apple, ground turkey, hot sauce, lemon juice, and Major Grey's Chutney in a bowl. Add a dash of salt and pepper, and mix until thoroughly combined. 
3. Shape into 4 burgers of equal size.
In the original recipe, the burgers are grilled, but we do not currently have a grill so we cooked them in a cast iron skillet with great results. Directions for each method are below.
For Grill:
1. Refrigerate burgers for 2 hours. (They will hold together better on the grill.)
2. Place burgers on a preheated, lightly oiled grill. Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked. Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
For Skillet:
1. Heat cast iron skillet over medium low heat and spray with cooking spray or olive oil to prevent sticking. 
2. Place burgers in pan and cook on each side until thoroughly cooked through. It was about 6 minutes per side for us. Be careful not to overcook because they will dry out. You may want to cut one in half to make sure middle is done though.  Let sit 5 minutes before serving.
We ate them with lettuce, tomato, light mayo and more hot sauce. Delicious! 

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