If it's Good Enough for Oprah...

This is one of our all time favorite recipes, so we have to share it again!


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!

-ab

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