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Oprah’s Favorite Mar a Lago Turkey Burger

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Yes, this is Oprah’s favorite Mar A Lago turkey burger! Did you see that episode years and years ago? And can we also remember all of those amazing giveaways she did? Man those were some lucky audiences. And bloggers used to do giveaways allll the time and dang good ones, but guess what, we are realizing that readers just aren’t responding like they used to. Isn’t that sad?

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I totally want to bring them back though. I mean, how cool would it be if we gave away a washer and dryer, cash or an awesome vacation? Am I right?! Ok, let’s move on with it and talk about this burger. It’s one of my favorites and the chutney totally is what makes it awesome.

Mar-a-Lago's Turkey Burger

This chutney reaaaaaaaallllllly had me worried. A lot. I worked it out though and just look at it in all it’s glory.

Oprah's Favorite turkey burger, the mar a lago turkey burger! ohsweetbasil.com

Do you see that chutney dripping? I know you want to take a bite.

This was my first time ever uttering the words, “mmmm this burger is good!!” Now if a true burger hater can become converted by it, I can bet ya money you will too cause guess what I don’t know any other burger haters so chances are you will be a lot more willing to give it a fair chance.

I never saw this whole episode, but my girlfriend, Lisa did and so I had to watch the portion with the making of this burger and it was worth it!! Enjoy!!!

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Oprah's Favorite turkey burger, the mar a lago turkey burger! ohsweetbasil.com

At What Temperature Is Turkey Burger Done?

Hamburgers and turkey burgers are done at different temperatures.

Turkey burger should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Hamburger is done at 160 degrees.

Are Turkey Burgers Healthier Than Hamburgers?

While turkey is a little leaner and has a little less fat than lean hamburger, there is more protein in beef burger than turkey burger.

A 4-ounce cooked turkey burger (made from a combo of dark and light meat) has 193 calories, 11 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat and 22 grams of protein.

For a 4-ounce cooked lean beef burger you’ll take in around 225 calories, 12 grams of fat, 5 gram of saturated fat and 27 grams of protein.

Can Turkey Burgers Be Cooked From Frozen?

Ground turkey, whether cooked or uncooked, can be reheated or cooked straight from the freezer.


Oprah’s Favorite Mar a Lago Turkey Burger

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Remember that Oprah show where she gave us the recipe to her favorite turkey burger? Well here it is! Mar-a-lago turkey burger! ohsweetbasil.com

Oprah's Favorite Mar a Lago Turkey Burger

4.2 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8


For the Burgers

  • 1/4 cup scallions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery finely chopped
  • 3 Granny Smith apples peeled and diced
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 4 pounds turkey breast ground
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper sauce Tabasco®
  • 1 lemon juiced and grated zest
  • 1/2 bunch parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Major Grey's Chutney pureed

Mar-a-Lago Chutney

  • 1 Anjou pear peeled and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Major Grey's Chutney
  • 1/4 cup dried currants or raisins


For the Burgers

  • Sauté the scallions, celery and apples in the canola oil until tender.
  • Let cool.
  • Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add sautéed items and the remaining ingredients.
  • Shape into eight 8-ounce burgers.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Season the turkey burgers with salt and pepper.
  • Place on a preheated, lightly oiled grill.
  • Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.

For the Chutney

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Toss the diced pears with the cinnamon and salt.
  • Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
  • Cool and mix with the chutney and currants or raisins.


*Note* We halved the recipe and still got 8 burgers. Also I have heard many say that the chutney is unnecessary... LIES! Ok, I don't feel that strongly, but it seriously made it better for me to dip the burger in it. But, then again I am a saucy person.
Nutrition Facts
Oprah's Favorite Mar a Lago Turkey Burger
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 2364mg103%
Potassium 711mg20%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • I have made these turkey burgers since they were on Oprah. Somehow I misunderstood the recipe and added to the chutney to the meat successfully. I also discovered the ginger wasabi sauce was the perfect condiment( since the chutney was in the burger) just thought you might like the options.

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    • Ooooohhhh….thank you for the tip! I love it!

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  • In your Chutney directions, you are tossing diced pear with cinnamon and salt….but there is no cinnamon listed in the ingredients. How much cinnamon did you use?

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    • I just updated the recipe. Sorry about that! 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

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  • This looks UNREAL. SERIOUSLY amazing.

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    • It tastes just as good too!

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  • These look and sound very good! I actually prefer turkey over beef burgers. I don't love them though. It took me years to even be able to eat them, so I know what you mean.

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  • I'm obsessed with major grey's chutney. We always warm it up and serve it over our steaks. Delicious.

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  • This burger looks absolutely fabulous! I don't like hamburgers at all, but turkey burgers I can do. The chutney sounds amazing too.

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  • Love that chutney! Yes, I am going to the movie and party! I really hope you can make it!

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  • These are seriously delicious. I've made them a few times and everyone I've made them for has raved about them. I also usually half the recipe and I still can get 8 or more good sized burgers out of it. They're great plain without a bun or anything too! Yummy!

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  • I'm a saucy person too. Sounds delicious!

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