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The Ultimate Turkey Burger

Photo: Oxmoor House
Hands-on time 43 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 43 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 burger)
You can’t get much better than this tasty turkey burger.  Topped with crunchy apple and tangy mango chutney, you won’t stop raving about this recipe.


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 1/3 cups finely chopped peeled Granny Smith apple
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 (1.6-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach

Nutrition Information

  • calories 341
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 11.2 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 28.6 g
  • carbohydrate 33.8 g
  • fiber 4.5 g
  • cholesterol 66 mg
  • iron 3.2 mg
  • sodium 786 mg
  • calcium 77 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add apple, celery, and onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat, and cool completely.

  2. Grate rind and squeeze juice from lemon to measure 2 teaspoons rind and 1 tablespoon juice. Combine apple mixture, lemon rind, lemon juice, and turkey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add egg; mix gently just until combined. Add hot pepper sauce, if desired. Shape into 6 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled.

  3. Preheat grill to high heat. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place buns, cut side down, on grill rack. Grill 1 minute or until toasted.

  4. Combine yogurt and chutney. Place patties on bottom halves of buns; top each patty with 1/4 cup spinach and about 4 teaspoons sauce. Cover with top halves of buns.

  5. Kids Can Help: With clean hands, kids can mix the ingredients into the ground turkey, and then shape the patties.

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