When we sent out our call for favorite reader recipes a couple weeks ago, our friend Danielle sent her favorite recipe for Turkey Burgers with Mango Chutney. Like us, Danielle likes to make simple and tasty meals that can be served several times as leftovers. Why not make life a little easier and enjoy good food to boot?
While the recipe Danielle sent looked amazing in its own right, I couldn’t help but start tweaking it. No matter what the recipe, there is always a little shake of chili powder, a dash of cocoa powder, or a dollop of coconut cream that I want to add. Making the burger gluten-free by omitting a bun is no problem, but turkey burgers are somewhat new to me so I wanted to play around.
I decided to make a Paleo, gluten-free version of these burgers so I could nosh too. Chutney includes sugar as a main ingredient, so I decided to go for naturally sweet ripe mango instead. After researching traditional chutney recipes, I added similar seasonings to the burgers for a little heat. Take a romaine bun leaf to wrap it all up, and you’re ready to indulge.
Mango Turkey Burgers with Red Onions – Serves 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 minutes for burgers, 16 minutes for onions
1 tablespoon oil of choice (ghee, coconut oil, olive oil)
1 pound ground turkey
1 ripe mango, peeled and thinly sliced
1 large red onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, diced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 head romaine lettuce, washed and dried
optional: fresh basil, thinly sliced
Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat on the stove with the oil of your choice. Place ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Take 2-3 slices of mango and dice them. Measure two tablespoons of diced mango and add to the turkey.
Slice the onion into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Set aside all but two rounds, then finely chop the two rounds until you have 1/3 cup chopped onion. Add to bowl along with mango and ground turkey, then add salt, garlic, and red pepper and combine until well mixed. Form four equal patties.
Place patties in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until patties begin to turn golden brown. Flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, then remove to a clean plate.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add onion rounds to the skillet. Cook until they become translucent and start to caramelize in spots, about 8 minutes on each side.
Build your burger: on a leaf of romaine lettuce, stack your patty, one onion round, several slices of mango, and basil if using. Wrap the burger in the lettuce, congratulate yourself for essentially cooking four meals in one, and enjoy!