Thursday, June 10, 2010

Curried Turkey Burgers With Apple Chutney

Did you know that the life expectancy of a refrigerator or freezer nowadays is 10 years? At least that's what the salesman specialist told me when my refrigerator passed away this week. I asked him if it was something I'd done to cause this premature death. Perhaps I'd stocked my shelves with too much heavy cream and butter or not filled my vegetables bins with enough leafy greens? The cause of death according to the salesman specialist, without so much as a tiny acknowledgement at my attempt at humor? "They don't make 'em like they used to," he says to me. It's no wonder I'm not a salesman specialist. It must take years and years and years of college and/or experience to acquire that level of insight and become so profound. *GEEZ*

I bought my new refrigerator and then went home and blew a kiss to my 20 year old garage fridge and my 40 year old upright freezer. They evidently were born in a different era when they still "made 'em like they used to."

What does this have to do with today's post? Well, it's because of the fridge mishap that I was forced to completely empty the contents of the old fridge/freezer and then refill the new one. This is a great way to take inventory, by the way. I found a lone Granny Smith apple hiding in the back of the fruit bin and I needed to use some ground turkey that had begun to thaw during the meltdown, so I came up with this recipe that includes both. You know what they say about burgers these days, don't you? They don't make 'em like they used to.

Curried Turkey Burgers With Apple Chutney

1 TBSP olive oil
1 cup onions, diced
1 cup bell pepper, diced (I used an orange one)
2 tsp fresh minced ginger root
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 TBSP sweet curry powder
1 TBSP reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
1 pound lean ground turkey (my package was actually 1.2 pounds)
1/2- 1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bell pepper and ginger. Season with crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Saute until onions are softened and translucent, 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two. Remove pan from heat and stir in curry powder, soy sauce and parsley. Let cool for a few minutes.

Place ground turkey in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and add the reserved vegetables. Combine well but don't over mix. Divide mixture into four equal patties. Grill or pan fry in a little olive oil until desired doneness. I pan fried mine in olive oil over medium heat for 6 minutes per side.

To serve: Place lettuce on lower bun half. Place burger on top of lettuce and then spoon the apple chutney on top (recipe follows) Garnish with chives (optional)

Apple Chutney

2 tsp olive oil
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup onions, diced
1 tsp fresh minced ginger root
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sweet curry powder
1/2 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice

In a medium non-stick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add apples, onions and ginger and season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Saute until onions and apples have softened a bit and then add the curry powder and brown sugar. Continue to cook until apples are completely soft. Remove pan from heat and stir in the lemon juice.


A Gracious Home said...

That is a beautiful burger. Thanks for sharing. I will be back when I have more time. Doylene

Frieda said...

Yep, they don't make 'em like they used to...I hope you splurged on a fancy French door fridge with a bottom freezer!

Kat said...

Great burger. And you are so right, they don't make 'em like they used to.

Leslie said...

And this burger looks even better than the traditional hunk of beef!

I recently had to replace my washer (and, ergo, my dryer since they're stacked). I was told by the repairman that they're only really good for ~12 years now. Excuse me? A MAJOR appliance is only good for 12 years?!? I've had my Cuisinart and KitchenAid for longer than that and they aren't MAJOR appliances. Grrr!

stephchows said...

this whole planned obsolescence is really annoying!

June said...

Great looking burger Mags and that chutney's a keeper too. It is annoying that appliances last such a short time and at the price they charge for repairs if you're old and stupid like I am to even think a "repair" is possible, you're forced to purchase a new one. I called a repairman for our washer and he charged $85.00 to tell me he couldn't put a new belt on it. Took him all of 30 seconds. GRRR (Oh dear, I think I sound like my Mother). LOL

Nanan said...

So - what did you get??? I love Fridges and Freezers... I need a new Upright Freezer - just waiting a bit... Nice looking burger by the way!

Mags said...

Nanan: I got one of those french door top fridges with a bottom freezer. I love it!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Mags, that is exactly what Grumpy wants to get for our next one. I was kind of hoping though that we wouldn't ever need a next one!

Lyndsey said...

I laughed out loud, I got your humor :D Don't you hate it when the clerks don't. I thought I made a joke at a checkout, and it slipped right by the clerk. I keep bringing it up to my daughter who heard it. Hehe!

I love my freezer on the bottom too. That is the way our fridge was when I was a kid. My parents had that one forever, so long that Frigidaire didn't even make bottom freezers anymore. I better watch it and start filling mine with veggies, mines getting up there in years.
These burgers look awesome, your plating is stunning!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

This is very similar to the Mar-A-Lago Burger from Oprah's website. I have been putting off trying this. I now have a meat grinder attachment for my stand mixer so no excuse. Yum.

lostpastremembered said...

I love this burger... what a great way to make lemonade out of lemons.. the apple chutney is particularly brilliant... love turkey and apples!

Barbara Bakes said...

What does the salesman know. I like to think it was the heavy cream and butter that killed the fridge. That's a much better story.

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chayacomfycook said...

What a fantastic burger - a Mags Burger. I must have a Mags Burger soon.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very creative use of your apple and ground turkey... looks great! We recently bought a new freezer, but they didn't warn me that it would only last 10 years. Good to know. I'm afraid mine is currently stocked with frozen cinnamon rolls and cookies... Nothing healthy!

Sophia said...

Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Juiciest Burger Contest! It looks delicious!