Cowgirl Turkey Burgers

cowgirl turkey burgers

Greetings 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!

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P.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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