If it's Good Enough for Oprah...

Don't you hate it when you are watching a cooking show in the middle of the afternoon, or a show featuring an amazing recipe, and you suddenly have to have that food item for dinner NO MATTER WHAT?! Well, thankfully, the latest occurrence of this in my home was something that I actually had most of the ingredients to make!

Oprah had her Favorite Things For Summer episode the other day and shared that she had recently had the best turkey burger of her life, ever (and she is like fifty something so this got my attention), at "The Donald's" Mar-a-Lago Resort. The executive chef shared his recipe, which you can find here.

I made my own version of it using what I had on hand, and it was for sure the best burger I have ever had. My husband agreed. I made them again for some friends over the weekend, and it got raving reviews. I definitely recommend this recipe very highly!

Here is my version of Turkey Burgers with a Little Chutney Flair:

INGREDIENTS (makes approximately 6 burgers)
1 clove of garlic, finely diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 sweet yellow bell pepper, finely chopped (the chef uses celery, but I did not have it on hand so I substituted the bell pepper)
1 Granny Smith apple, finely diced
olive oil for sauteeing
1 pound ground turkey breast
1/2 Tbsp. black pepper
about 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 bunch parsley, finely chopped (or dried - maybe about 1 Tbsp.)
1/2 cup Major Grey's Chutney, pureed [i actually used Trader Joe's Apple Cranberry Chutney and did not puree it! I liked it in the burgers like that.]

Sauté the garlic, onion, peppers and apples in the olive oil until tender. Let cool.

Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add sautéed items and the remaining ingredients, mix well. Shape into six burgers. Refrigerate for 2 hours! You still have to handle them with care on the grill, but if you do not refrigerate them, they will totally fall apart!

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.

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

I served mine with a side of salad greens, and these super yummy grilled apricot jam sandwiches that my husband grew up eating in South Africa. These are such a yummy thing to make as a side dish to any grilled meat dish! It sounds strange, but the sweet, smoky flavor is so good.

To make these sandwiches, just take ezekiel sprouted whole grain bread (or another hearty bread), and make apricot jam sandwiches with the jam in the middle and both outside slices of bread buttered. Throw them on the grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or whenever the bread is toasted like you like it from the grill. Serve them warm!

I am very excited about grilling season ... post your grill friendly recipes in the comments section... I know there have to be some amazing marinades and grill recipes that I have not tried yet! Share the love so that we can avoid using our ovens all summer long!



  1. I was desperate to make that burger, but didn't... boo hoo. I am the only family member that would eat it. I need to knock on your door when you are grilling and beg for scraps!

  2. I just found you today and LOVE you blog!!! I will be back for sure.

  3. Julie-

    You are welcome at my door any day! :) I will say that these burgers taste like amazing "burgers", not like girlie burgers. I have made them for 5 men now (my hubbie and 4 other men that we on a couples' getaway with us) and every single one of them said it was the best burger of their life!

    My kids ate it chopped up and I called it "meat balls".

    Lets set a date and I will make them for you guys!


  4. these burgers are a "must enjoy". just got back from a trip where my ridiculously amazing wife prepped them and I barbequed them for 8 adults. there was not a lot of talking once we starting eating, i'll say that much.

  5. You know what, you get over the whole minivan thing when you truly.......I mean truly come to grips with the fact that you are:

    1. No longer in college
    2. Definitely a mom
    3. Not going to get picked up on

    So, maybe Kristen, you just still need to come to terms with some of that stuff (wink wink)

    You know I vowed I would never.

    I love my van!!!

  6. My mouth was watering as I watched Oprah and The Donald bite into this turkey burger!! I was a bit intimidated to try this recipe although I LOVE a good turkey burger...you have inspired me to try it :) I will let you know how it goes!

    By the way...I have been checking out your blog for about a week now and finally signed up with blogger so I can comment and participate! Thanks for finding the time (I don't know how you all do it) to share your thoughts and ideas!

  7. Jen, bite your tongue. I still get hit on all the time. In fact, just last week the cute teenage checker asked if I wanted him to walk me to my car!

    Oh yeah! I've still got it!

  8. Hi Shelby! Welcome! Thanks for joining us, and, yes, you must attempt these burgers...so worth it.

    We love that you are sharing your thoughts!



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