Apple-Mango Turkey Burger


There’s something you should know about me. I love Oprah. I love, love, love her. I understand not everyone loves Oprah and if you don’t happen to love her (??) we can still be friends, just don’t knock her in my presence, k? Once upon a time, I was a 6th grader at Leawood Middle School back in Leawood, KS (yea Kansas!) and we had a year-long reading contest where we earned monopoly money for every book we read. Throughout the year students wrote letters to our favorite stars asking them to donate items to our auction and on the last day of school we used our monopoly money to bid on the items. Guess who I wrote and asked for a donation. Oprah. Duh. And to Oprah’s credit she sent back an autographed head shot for our little auction. I read and read and read all year long (totally ahead of the curve on Oprah’s Book Club!) because I was absolutely determined to earn enough money to buy that picture. And guess what? I did! And guess what else? I still have it! 20+ years later and I still have the picture.

Why am I telling you all this, you ask? What does this have to do with turkey burgers, you’re wondering? Let me start by saying that 99.9% of the time turkey burgers are dry, bland and taste like sawdust. Everyone swears their recipe is different but it never is. It’s dry. It’s bland. And it tastes like sawdust. So when Oprah did a show about her favorite turkey burger I was a wee bit skeptical, but this wasn’t just anyone telling me their turkey burger was different… was Oprah. So I tried the recipe and you guys… was awesome! Totally juicy. Full of flavor. A very pleasant turkey burger experience indeed! I changed and tweaked the recipe a bit to my particular tastes but I kept the two key ingredients – grated Granny Smith apples and Mango Chutney. This has been my go-to recipe for turkey burgers for years and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Another quick thing you should probably know about me? I love Jon Bon Jovi even more than I love Oprah (for very different reasons, duh) and it’s only a matter of time before I come up with a recipe that will give me an excuse to gush about him here on my blog. 🙂


**Looking for another recipe that uses mango chutney? Click here for my Skinny Curried Chicken Salad.

Apple-Mango Turkey Burger
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Serves: 4
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
  • 1½ pounds ground turkey breast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Mango Chutney
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  2. Form mixture into 4 patties of equal size, each about ½" thick.
  3. Prepare your grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350-450 degrees).
  4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill your burgers over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, 8-10 minutes, turning once.
  5. Serve with whole-grain buns, lettuce, tomato and your favorite cheese.




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