Remember those turkey burgers Oprah once raved about? I fondly remember a funny thread about turkey burgers that were moist and didn’t suck on the (now defunct) food lovers’ site, Chowhound. Having made these, I recommended them. The original poster kept complaining about how turkey burgers are dry and lack flavor. Well, these are moist and delicious! That guy should’ve listened! HA HA.

If you’ve ever searched for the famous recipe online, you’ll note it calls for FOUR POUNDS of turkey. That’s likely more than most of us need to make. So, using that recipe as a starting point, I skinnied it down to use just one pound. Perfect for “now and later” burgers for you and a friend (or your mom, same diff).

I meant to buy a Granny Smith apple, as the original recipe calls for. As is my way, I went to the store and forgot to buy one — and didn’t realize till it was time to make dinner! So I substituted a donut peach. I think apple, peach or pear would all work nicely in the recipe. So whatever you feel like finely chopping a half cup of, there you go.

adapted liberally from a much more famous recipe
And you get a turkey burger! And YOU get a turkey burger!

1-2 teaspoons (who measures? enough to coat the bottom of a small pan) avocado oil — could also use olive oil or corn oil
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup donut peach*, chopped the same size as the celery (*or Granny Smith apple or pear)
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon sea salt
black pepper
1 teaspoon Cholula chipotle hot sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
zest of one lemon
juice of just a quarter of the lemon
1 tablespoon Major Grey’s chutney (barring this, you might add apricot or mango jam — you’ll just miss the ginger component)
handful of parsley, finely chopped

Sautée scallions, celery and fruit (peach, apple or pear) in bit of oil over medium heat till softened. Remove from heat and let cool a bit as you gather the rest of the ingredients. Combine turkey, salt, pepper, hot sauce, lemon juice, zest, parsley and chutney with the sautéed ingredients from the pan. Don’t overmix. Divide into four equal portions, then form patties. Cook over medium heat about 3.5 to 4 minutes per side.

We enjoyed ours on toasted Thomas’ Light Multi-Grain English Muffins with lettuce and a bit of mayo.

In case you’re not following Katty’s Kitchen on social media, you may have missed I’m on a path toward better health and lower cholesterol. While I didn’t think it would be quite as delicious as it turned out to be, I’m happy to tell you I was so wrong! So, if you didn’t think turkey burgers were your thing, try this recipe. Even my mom said, “We don’t have to eat hamburgers” after we had these. Cheers to happy, healthy eating! Stay cool, amici!