A number of years ago the Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burger was all the rage. Oprah had Donald Trump appear on her show since the recipe was developed at his resort, and she stated that it might be the best turkey burger in the world. About the same time we told a few friends about it too, and I think that was the real reason it went viral.
It’s a great burger. But my problem is that we’ve made it less than once a year since then. Seriously, who has time to sauté ingredients, wait for them to cool, mix the patties, and then refrigerate for TWO HOURS, while roasting pears. Personally I want to cook and be done whenever possible, and this is why restaurant recipes sometimes don’t translate well to home recipes. Advance prep is great for a busy resort kitchen trying to handle the lunchtime rush, but for me it means I’d have to plan half of my day around that one recipe.
Inventing the Quick Mar-a-Lago Burger
So I studied what makes this burger so tasty, and tried to retain the key elements while streamlining it all around. It comes together in minutes not hours, and I hope you’ll still love it as much as Oprah’s legion of fans my friends and I do.
What other recipes do you love, but feel they take too much effort or time? Do you try to find “safe” shortcuts, or follow recipes to the letter?
Recipe: Quick Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burger
Summary: This comes together in minutes not hours, and while not quite as tasty as the original Mar-a-Lago turkey burger recipe, the streamlined steps and smaller portions work well for our family as I hope they will for yours.
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 cup Major Grey’s Chutney (look for it near the barbecue sauces)
- 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco® chipotle pepper sauce
- 6 whole wheat hamburger buns
- 6 large leaves of leafy lettuce, such as butter lettuce
- 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 1/4 red onion, sliced thin
- Preheat a grill to medium-high heat, and oil the grates.
- Place one tablespoon of Major Grey’s Chutney in a large bowl, and mash out any large chunks of fruit. Add the ground turkey, grated apple, chives, parsley, canola oil, lemon juice, salt, ground pepper, and Tabasco® sauce.
- Mix all of these ingredients together thoroughly, and form into patties about 3/4 inch thick.
- Grill until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Serve with the buns, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and the remaining Major Grey’s Chutney. If you prefer, they can be eaten with traditional condiments instead of the chutney.
Preparation time: 25 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4-6 (makes 6 burgers)