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Tropical Turkey Burgers

April 21, 2013
pineapple turkey burger

Are you tired of the same plain old turkey burgers like we are? Well it’s time to get crazy. We wanted something “different” for dinner the other day and this tropical turkey burger was just the thing we were craving. The meat patty is mixed with mango, garlic and jalapeno and it’s topped with a grilled pineapple slice and homemade mango salsa. We ate it over fresh spinach but I’ll bet this would be GREAT on a fresh onion burger bun as well.

This turkey burger is one of those meals that looks all fancy when it’s on the plate but it’s actually pretty easy to make. I prepared everything on the stove top in my kitchen. You can also take my recipe for two (below) and double or triple it for a great barbecue party food! 

I ran across delicious photography of a similar turkey burger on I created my own recipe for this turkey burger, but I give all credit for the topping ideas to this lovely lady’s blog. I find myself doing this often: I’ll see an amazing picture of food online and then I attempt to recreate it- but just from memory of the picture, most the time I don’t follow the recipe at all. It’s a fun challenge and I like it.

Tropical Turkey Burger

Serves 2


For the patty:

  • 1/2 Pound ground turkey meat
  • 1/2 Jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 Mango, diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 Teaspoons of onion powder
  • Pepper

For the topping:

  • 2 Round slices of pineapple (I used fresh pineapple, but canned will work too)
  • The other half of the mango
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 Jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • About a 2 tablespoons of diced onion
  • Small handful of fresh cilantro
  • Juice from a half of a lime
  • Pepper

To Do:

Combine the ground turkey, jalapeno, mango, garlic, onion powder and pepper in a bowl. Work it together and form two burger patties.

Cook the burgers in a oiled pan on the stovetop or on the barbecue. Cook until the center of the burger feels firm when pressed and there is no longer any pink inside.

While the meat is cooking, prepare the mango salsa: combine the rest of the mango and jalapeno, tomato, onion, cilantro, pepper and lime juice in a small bowl.

Grill the pineapple slices until they just start to brown on both sides.

Serve the burger on a bun or a bed of spinach. Top with the pineapple and a heaping scoop of mango salsa.

I had to get a picture that included the flowers Matt bought me recently…. They are just so darn pretty!


tropical turkey

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1 Comment

  • Reply Food Lover April 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    It sounds so delicious and mouthwatering!

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