“Cowgirl” Turkey Burgers


You might think I’m obsessed with turkey, given the recent abundance of turkey burgers (Spiced Up Turkey Burgers, Buffalo Turkey Burgers, Flavoured Turkey Burgers, Asian Turkey Burgers, and Thai Turkey Burgers, to name a few), but I swear, I’m not.  And even if I was, would that be such a bad thing?  Some people have issues with ground turkey, as it has a tendency to dry out quickly, but if you have the right recipe (or just throw together the right ingredients), they can be oh-so delicious.  Turkey is fairly heart-healthy (then again, as is the leanest ground beef, which is the only kind of ground beef I use).  A few weeks ago, I bought several packages of lean ground turkey from the grocery store, as it was on sale for $2/package, as opposed to the normal $5-6/package.  I should have bought more than four, but my freezer only holds so much!  In any case, that is why you are seeing so much turkey in the past week or so, specifically.  And you will see it again later this week!

Green onions, celery, and apple in a burger.  Who knew?

Last Friday night (I hope you started singing Katy Perry’s song as you read that, cuz I did!), I made Cowgirl Turkey Burgers by Raisin&Fig.  It was the first time I made something from her blog and I was very pleased!  I’m not sure why these are considered to be “cowgirl” but oh well.  I must say that this is the most unique and creative flavour combination I have ever tried in a burger, turkey or otherwise.  Chopped celery?  Shredded apple?  IN A BURGER?  Yes!!  My husband continues to state that the Spiced Up Turkey Burgers from last week (click the link in the first paragraph for that recipe) is the best meal I’ve ever made, but I really feel these Cowgirl Turkey Burgers were even better.  I feel that the natural juice/liquid from the celery and apple really helped keep the burgers most, and, along with the mango chutney, gave it a slightly sweet taste. I have never cooked with (let alone even eaten) mango chutney before, so it was certainly a new experience, but again, just added a nice sweetness to this burger.

WW value per burger: 10 (6 if you go bun-less!)


Cowgirl Turkey Burgers

makes 4 burgers

-1/4cu thinly sliced scallions
-1/2cu finely chopped celery
-1 green apple, peeled and grated (the original recipe called for 3, since the amount of turkey was doubled, and so I was going to do 2, but let me tell you that peeling and grating an apple is a lot of work, and quit after the first one!)
-2tbsp salt
-1tbsp black pepper
-2tsp Tabasco® or other hot pepper sauce (I used hot buffalo wing sauce, since that’s already a staple in my cupboard)
-1 lemon, juiced and grated zest (I went the lazy, and cheap, way and just used lemon juice from one of the little lemon-shaped plastic containers that we often have on hand in the fridge)
-1/4 bunch parsley, finely chopped
-1/4cu sweet mango chutney
-1.3lbs ground turkey breast

-Mix the scallions, celery and apples in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients except turkey and thoroughly mix. Add turkey and gently mix until all ingredients are incorporated (it just occurred to me that I dumped it all together, including the turkey…and it turned out fine).
-Shape into burgers. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or freeze for 30 minutes (this just allows the flavours a chance to set).
-Place on a pre-heated, lightly sprayed grill. Grill each side for about 7-8 minutes, until meat is thoroughly cooked.

Question: now that I have all of this leftover sweet mango chutney in the fridge, what am I supposed to do with it?? If you have any recipes involving chutney, please send them my way!


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