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Smoky Barbeque Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Wedges

Did anyone watch the Oprah episode where she showed all her “Favorite Things” for summer? Well, if you didn’t, she talked about a turkey burger she had when visiting Donald Trump’s Mar a Lago in Palm Beach. She was raving about this burger, and had the chef come on stage and demonstrate how to cook it. It had some really unique ingredients in it and it sounded delicious to me. I’ve made it a few times already and was planning on making it tonight until I realized I didn’t have one of the key ingredients, Granny Smith apples (yes, apples in turkey burgers!) I was still craving a turkey burger for dinner so I came up with my own version.

Smoky Barbeque Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Wedges

2 TB olive oil
2 large Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
pinch salt and pepper

Basting Sauce:
1/2 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce
4 TB Hot Mango Chutney

Chipotle Mayonnaise:
1 TB Chipotle Tabasco sauce
1/4 cup mayo

1 TB olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped celery, about 2 stalks
1/2 cup finely chopped green onion, about 3-4 onions
2.5 lb ground turkey, 7% fat
2 TB Chipotle Tabasco sauce
2 tsp smoked paprika
8 oz block cheddar cheese, shredded
good pinch salt and pepper
olive oil

6 potato sandwich rolls

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or pre-heat a gas grill to medium-high.

Place 2 TB olive oil in a medium fire proof skillet and set on grill rack. When oil is hot, place sliced Vidalia onions in pan. Season with good pinch of salt and pepper and begin to cook. Saute onions until browned and caramelized, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place 1 TB olive oil in medium fire proof skillet and set on grill rack. When oil is hot, place celery and onion in pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft, about 8-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

While onions are caramelizing, prepare basting sauce and chipotle mayonnaise.

Combine mayonnaise and Chipotle Tabasco in a small bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Combine barbeque sauce and hot mango chutney in small bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

To make patties, combine ground turkey, Chipotle Tabasco, smoked paprika, cheese and cooked and cooled green onions and celery in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Gently combine and mix using hands or large spoon. Form into 6 even sized patties. Brush patties liberally with olive oil to prevent sticking on grill.

Place patties on grill rack, cover and cook until bottoms are browned, about 5 minutes. Using spatula, flip patties and cook additional 4-5 minutes. Using brush, baste turkey burgers liberally with mango BBQ sauce, turn over patties and baste other side. Cook each side with sauce 1-2 minutes so sauce can caramelize.

To assemble burgers, spread chipotle mayonnaise on both sides of open potato rolls. Place patty in bun and top with caramelized onions. Take a big bite and enjoy!

For those sauce lovers, can be served with additional Mango BBQ sauce on side!

To make Sweet Potato Wedges:
Cut 2 large sweet potatoes into wedges, leave skin on. Place in large baking sheet. Toss wedges with 1 TB of olive oil, salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Place in 425 degree oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until brown and crispy. You may need to toss once during cooking process.


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19 comments on “Smoky Barbeque Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Wedges”

  1. Oh! This looks so good. All of the onions on there look delicious. I don’t get to watch Oprah much, but I did see that episode. I thought that the burger recipe sounded very good, especially with the chutney in it. It’s nice to have someone give a review on it. I will have to add that to my “to try” file!

  2. Aggie, you read my mind! I made turkey burgers tonight too….but I’m watching the Olympics and don’t feel like doing the post. I’ll do it tomorrow!!! 😉 My neighbor SWEARS by this same recipe you made! She raves about them all the time….they MUST be good!

  3. I have never tried a turkey burger…i know…can you believe it? Yours looks absolutely yummy with the onions.

  4. You have me drooling. This sounds like winner for game night. I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Ooohh, I love turkey burgers AND sweet potato fries! I think I will try your recipe as BBQ sauce is always a staple in my house.

  6. Aggie,
    I love, love, love turkey burgers. These look amazing and the sweet potatoes even have me thinking I could pull off a win at my house!

  7. Everything you are making look so good! I’ve read about those turkey burgers before, but what I really want are your sweet potato fries.

  8. Pamela – yes, do try the Oprah turkey burger, I loved it!

    Leah – can’t wait to see your post!

    Bridgett – Never? Honestly, I don’t think my husband would have ever tried one if it weren’t for me making them. : )

    Katherine – I hope you like it! Let me know how it goes!

    Kirsten – We love BBQ around here too.

    MaryAnn – We love the sweet potatoes cooked like this, hope your family does too! I always seem to pair them with turkey burgers too for some reason.

    Prudy – Thank you! I think this is the best my sweet potatoes have come out, I usually do them in “fry” form, (thin strips), but I think they roast better as wedges.

  9. Talk about heavenly! A turkey burger sounds so good right now! You’ve got a couple more weeks to enter Build a Better Burger, go check it out. Create your own burger and if they choose you, you could score 50k!

    I’ve got to get grilling!

  10. I love anything with caramelized onions… your burger looks fantastic! I so want to try the sweet potato wedges too. Great recipe Aggie.

  11. That looks like such a delicious meal!

  12. Just found your blog. Everything looks so good. I’m really wanting to try the turkey burgers. Sounds great and I love sweet potatoes!!

  13. I like this recipe! This recipe kicks it up with those smokey ingredients. My son would love those sweet potato wedges. I don’t know why we don’t eat sweet potatoes more often at my house; they are sooo good!

  14. I love to watch Oprah but haven’t in a while. I want to make these delicious looking sweet potato fries!

  15. I haven’t made turkey burgers in a while and these look so good-I can never get enough sweet potato. When I saw the Oprah show with the Turkey burger I actually though it sounded a little gross with the chutney in it, but I’ll bet it’s one of those things that if you tasted it you wouldn’t exactly know what you were eating.

  16. That looks AWESOME Aggie! I love fried or caramelized onions on burgers!

  17. That burger look so good all cover in caramelized onions! Sweet potato fries are the perfect side.

  18. Those sweet potato wedges look mouth-wateringly good, I plan on making some tonight for our dinner but now I’m stumped for what we can have with them, lol…..

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