Ground turkey is studded with shredded zucchini and spiked with curry paste, cilantro, garlic and ginger to create one flavorful patty. You won’t believe how flavorful this Turkey Tikka Burger with Mango Chutney Yogurt Sauce is and those lucky enough to be served one would never guess how quickly they come together.
When Andy was in residency – which seems like forever ago but really was less than 18 months ago – many of his fellow neurosurgery residents were Indian. We were guests at several Indian weddings, which by the way are hands down the most fun!, and along the way discovered which Indian dishes were our favorites. Andy’s hands down fave was chicken tikka. One of the residents uncles actually owned an Indian restaurant in Madison and whenever they went there as a group, they were sure to bring it out for him. Nicest people ever.
As much as we enjoy Indian food, I’m definitely no expert. Instead, I decided to combine all of the flavors of Andy’s favorite dish into something I do consider myself most knowledgeable about – burgers! And these burgers couldn’t be easier. Ground turkey is studded with shredded zucchini and spiked with curry paste, cilantro, garlic and ginger to create one flavorful patty. It’s then topped with fresh cilantro leaves, an amazing Mango Chutney Yogurt Sauce and sliced cucumbers before being sandwiched between two bun halves. You won’t believe how flavorful this burger is and those lucky enough to be served one would never guess how quickly they come together.
Speaking of turkey, last month I was scheduled to road trip with the menagerie to visit Cooper Farms in Mercer County, Ohio. Road trip? To a farm? Absolutely! Especially when this farm was raising the Presidential turkey flock! You know how each year there is a ceremony where the President pardons a lucky turkey each Thanksgiving? This year, that turkey – or rather pair of turkeys – was from Ohio! Ohio actually ranks 9th nationally in the United States in turkey farming producing 219 million pounds of turkey each year.
President Obama celebrated the 67th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation this year by pardoning two 20-week old, 48-pound turkeys from Cooper Farms that were named Mac and Cheese. These turkeys will now live out their lives at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, the estate of former Virginia governor Westmoreland Davis.
- 2 pounds lean ground turkey
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- ¼ cup mild curry paste
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup mango chutney
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- cucumber slices
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine all burger ingredients and divide evenly into eight patties.
- Arrange on a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Flip burgers and bake an additional 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, stir together sauce ingredients in small bowl.
- To assemble burger, place patty on bottom half of bun. Top with cilantro leaves, Mango Chutney Yogurt Sauce and sliced cucumbers.
We eat a lot of turkey at our house and I absolutely love knowing that some of that that we consume is from our friends at Cooper Farms. Want to make this recipe even easier? Simply substitute purchased turkey burgers and top them the yogurt sauce instead. The Kirkland brand of turkey burgers found at your local Costco are from Cooper Farms!
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