Cowgirl Turkey Burgers

cowgirl turkey burgersGreetings from Couer d'Alene, Idaho! I'm spending a few days with my best friend and her horses, and we have worked up an appetite! (Those stalls don't muck themselves, now, do they!?)While I love spending time in the kitchen, spending a few gorgeous days in this beautiful place with these precious ponies takes priority on such a quick trip. So when we get back to the house at night - exhausted, sore and filthy… we want something delicious, but easy!On the menu? Cowgirl Turkey Burgers! Maybe you've had a bad turkey burger experience. I've been there! I'm betting the burgers you've tried were either dry or flavorless or both. Several versions I've experimented with were too. But when a friend introduced me to these… WOWZA!Filled with healthy stuff and served on a toasted thin bun, there's no need to feel guilty eating these - but you will feel like you're indulging.
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Cowgirl Turkey Burgers
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 Granny Smith apples , peeled and grated
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. Tabasco® or other hot pepper sauce
  • 1 lemon , juiced and grated zest
  • ½ bunch parsley , finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Major Grey's Chutney, pureed if chunky
  • 4 pounds ground turkey breast
  1. 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.
  2. Shape into 12 burgers. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or freeze for 30 minutes.
  3. Season the turkey burgers with salt and pepper. Place on a preheated, lightly oiled grill. Grill each side for about 8 minutes, until meat is thoroughly cooked. Let sit for 5 minutes.
The original recipe is from Donald Trump's private club in Palm Beach, and they are an Oprah favorite. I grate the apples rather than finely dicing them - it's much faster! Also, the recipe calls for sautéing the celery and apple before mixing with the other ingredients, but it's not necessary. I've found it's just an extra step - and creates one more pan to clean! Plus, you eliminate the 1/8 cup oil the original recipe called for, saving fat and calories.Make the patties early in the day (I made them this morning before we headed to the ranch) and refrigerate. I recommend popping them in the freezer for about 1/2 hour before grilling, which helps hold them together better.Top with sliced avocado if you like, and enjoy!A note about freezing: Because this recipe makes a dozen burgers, I want to freeze most of them when I'm cooking for just the two of us. I tried freezing the raw patties, and then grilling them later. Whether thawed first, or put on the grill straight from the freezer, they didn't hold together well. So now, I grill the whole batch when I make them. Freeze cooled burgers in a freezer bag, and when the mood strikes, pull out what's needed and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Delicious!Happy trails!turkey burgers smokeyP.S. Jealous of Ree Drummond, a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman that she lives like this every day! 

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10 Responses to Cowgirl Turkey Burgers

  1. mary f.h. May 13, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Well I am very jealous. In my next life, please God I want to come
    back as a horsewoman. I love horses, always have.

    You look great Laura.

    by the way, I have made the Chicken Mango dip twice. Yesterday
    Jeanette’s dad said he could make a meal of it. It has been a hit.
    These turkey burgers look amazing and I am going to do these
    when Uncle gets back from Speville.
    lve ya. m

  2. Megan {Country Cleaver} May 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Aww have fun in C’dA!! I’ll be back on that side of the mountains in a month and can’t wait! I miss the Palouse and Idaho terribly. Seattle just isn’t the same. And these burgers look divine. :) Happy horseback riding!

  3. Morgan Wood May 31, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Mary… have you tried them yet? Let me know! Megan… I won’t be back in C’dA until August (sad!) but can’t wait! Try the burgers… I’ll be making enough for an army when I return!

  4. Britania June 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Looks SO yummy!! I love the apple idea…genius! Can’t wait to see it in the pub ;)

  5. Whitney July 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    I made these last Friday for dinner!! They were so delicious!! I have no idea where you came up with the idea to put celery and apple in a burger, but it was great! Also I have never eaten mango chutney before so this was a good way to try it out (however now I have half a bottle sitting in my fridge, haha). Anyway thank you for passing this recipe along! I hope you are able to check out my own food blog too.

    • Morgan Wood July 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      Hi Whitney! Glad you liked them — they are AWESOME, aren’t they?? The original recipe was from Donald Trump’s Mir-a-Largo Resort, where Oprah had one bite and shared the recipe. I’ve tweaked the original a bit (it’s easier and healthier!) and love them! Heading to your blog to check it out!

  6. Cheryl L. Wiser June 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Hey Morgan, when have you seen Ree Drummond actually on a horse? Not on any photo’s on her blog that I have seen?! Confused in sunny Florida. But, hey you look terrific on that one!!!Your TK Friend, Cheryl. Pssssst. The turkey burgers sound crazy good…

    • Morgan Wood June 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

      Well come to think of it, I’ve not seen her on a horse! Give the turkey burgers a try… delish! Thanks for stopping by!


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