Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mar-a-largo Turkey Burgers*****

These turkey burgers were featured on Oprah a couple weeks ago, and she claimed that they were her favorite burger.  We turkey burgers a lot in the summer, so I'm excited to try "the best turkey burger" recipe. (See my thoughts below.)

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  • 1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 4 pounds ground turkey breast
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. chipotle Tabasco™
  • 1 lemon, juice and grated zest
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Major Grey's Chutney, pureed (I used red pepper relish)

Sauté the scallions, celery and apples in the canola oil until tender. Let cool.

Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add sautéed items and the remaining ingredients. Shape into eight (I made twelve) burgers. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

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Season the turkey burgers with salt and pepper. Place on a preheated, lightly oiled grill. Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked. Let sit for 5 minutes.

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Serve with a side of Mar-a-Lago Pear Chutney and your favorite toasted bread, pita or hamburger roll.

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My thoughts, WOW, they are really good!  Turkey meat can easily dry out, the addition of the sautéed apple mixture and the chutney prevented this quite well.  I also think making the burgers large contributes to them staying moist.  (I normally make 4 burgers out of 1 lb where this recipe instructs to make 2 burgers per pound - that's REALLY big, I compromised and did 3 per pound.)


As you can see from the photo of them patted out, when I formed the burgers I made a thumb indention in the center.  This prevents the burgers from puffing in the center and becoming round as they cook; instead  they will even out and be nice and flat. 

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