Recipe Swap: Mar-A-Lago Turkey Burger


I was so excited for this recipe swap because the category was burgers. In the warmer months, I go a bit burger crazy making them practically once a week. I can't help it, there is just something about a burger that screams "summertime!"

When I received my recipe from Tasty Treats by Tina, my first thought was "what in the world is a Mar-A-Lago turkey burger?" Apparently, Donald Trump owns a ginormous mansion in Palm Beach, FL and this burger is served in the Club's dining area. Oprah stumbled across this burger, declared it a new favorite, and well, you know how things go when Oprah says they are good/worthwhile/neat/something she has.

I won't lie, I was a bit perplexed at the ingredients in this burger and I just could not imagine what in the world the finished result would taste like. But since this burger needs to be refrigerated for two hours after forming into patties, I had to exercise my patience. It got quite the workout. :-)

Mar-A-Lago Turkey Burger
Source: Tasty Treats by Tina, from Oprah
Servings: 4-5 burgers
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Mar-A-Largo Pear Chutney Ingredients:
    • 1/2 Anjou pear, peeled and sliced
    • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • pinch of salt
    • 1/4 cup Major Grey's Chutney

    Burger Ingredients:
    • 2 green onion stalks, minced
    • 1 celery stalk, minced
    • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled and minced
    • 1 tbsp. canola oil
    • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
    • 2 tbsp. Major Grey's Chutney
    • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 tbsp. hot sauce
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. pepper
    • 1 lb. ground turkey
    • bread, pita or burger roll
Chutney Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Toss the pear slices in the cinnamon and salt and spread out in an even layer on the parchment paper.
3. Bake for 8 minutes then let cool to room temperature. Stir in the Major Grey's Chutney. Set aside.

Burger Directions:
1. Heat the canola oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute the green onions, celery and apple until soft. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
2. Once cool, transfer to a large bowl. Add the other burger ingredients to the bowl and form into patties. Place the patties on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
3. Preheat a grill or broiler. Cook burgers for 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
4. While the burgers are resting, toast bread, pitas or burger rolls. Divide the pear chutney amongst the bread/pita/burger roll. Top with a burger and serve immediately.

I didn't realize until I was halfway through cooking the burgers that I didn't have burger rolls, but we did  have a loaf of potato bread and a couple slices of apple-oat bread in the pantry. I ate my burger on the apple-oat bread hoping it would go well with the apples in the burger. I wasn't able to distinguish between them at all though. I thought the burger had nice flavor but I wasn't sold on the chutney. 


  1. I too was perplexed by all the ingredients but I like unusual pairings. :)


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