Reader Favorite: Mango Turkey Burgers with Red Onions

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?

mango turkey burgersWhile 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 burger with sweet potato fries

Want fries with that? Click the photo for our sweet potato fries recipe.

Mango Turkey Burgers with Red OnionsServes 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!

About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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5 Responses to Reader Favorite: Mango Turkey Burgers with Red Onions

  1. Danielle S. says:

    Trust me: the original recipe IS really amazing! However, I love the additions you made to this and will definitely be trying them out along with the recipe for the sweet potato fries featured in the photo. Definitely keeping the bun though as I LOVE my bread (and butter too). Thanks for featuring this recipe, Alicia! As the most amateur of cooks, it’s nice to know that what I make for myself outside of your blog is actually edible. 🙂

    • I’m so glad you shared! I can’t get enough mango…I had some leftover from this and then used it to make equally mouthwatering ribs- another new food for me. Thanks for introducing me to these awesome burgers!

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  3. Your pictures look amazing!! 🙂 I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! See you next Friday! Cindy from

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