Mar-a-Lago's Fabulous Turkey Burgers

Mar-a-Lago's Turkey Burgers
This is simply the most fabulous turkey burger I have ever tasted, and competes with my favorite luxe Sirloin burger as well.
When I heard Oprah, and a few of my own acquaintances rave about these burgers, I knew I had to make them.
The recipe is from Donald Trump's executive chef Jeff O'Neill, and is available on Oprah's website.
Just a note - other's have commented, and I agree 8 ounces is a HUGE burger. I prefer a 4 to 5 ounce burger.
When I made them I used 20 ounces of "Jenny-o's" ground turkey (7% fat), and approximately quartered the remaining ingredients; I was generous with my measurements as I was working with 20 ounces of meat, not one pound. I formed the amount I used into 4 patties, they were plenty big enough.
While the Pear-Chutney recipe is very good, I feel it is overkill and not necessary at all. I'm going to serve it another time as a condiment for grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp.
I much preferred blending about 1/2 cup of Best Foods (Hellmann's) mayonnaise with about a tablespoon of Mango chutney (straight from the jar); whirring it in the mini food-processor. (Pictured in the small square dish on the plate.) It is a fabulous spread for this sandwich. I served the burgers on my own homemade sandwich buns, however, they would be wonderful in pita, on whole wheat buns, or even by themselves, without bread.
Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burgers Recipe
from chef Jeff O'Neill
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 ground turkey breast
2 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
2 tsp. chipotle Tabasco™
1 lemon, juice and grated zest
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup Major Grey's Chutney, pureed
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.
Serve with a side of Mar-a-Lago Pear Chutney (see below) and your favorite toasted bread, pita or hamburger roll. If desired, omit the chutney and serve with other favorite condiments.
Mar-a-Lago Pear Chutney
1 Anjou pear, peeled and diced
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 cups Major Grey's Chutney
1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
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.


  1. Hello! Just came across your blog...I love these burgers, just made them this week!

    Yours look great!

  2. Welcome Aggie!

    Are those delicious turkey burgers? So flavorful. I think I'm probably one of the last people to hear about them, but I had to make them right away when I heard all the raves from others who had tasted them.

    Definitely a keeper!

  3. We love them too, thanks to you, Mary ;) I like to mix half ground turkey breast and half regular ground turkey so they aren't too dry.

  4. Love this recipe, we make the Turkey Burgers about once a week. My absolute favorite!!! Can't wait to try the key lime pie recipe one day.


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