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Turkey Burgers with Cherry Chipotle Ketchup

  • Author: Sara Haas


A flavorful turkey burger topped with a spicy, sweet ketchup made from cherries and chipotle peppers.



For the Ketchup

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup pitted, sweet cherries, chopped
  • 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup water

For the burgers

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 8 small, whole wheat buns, split and toasted
  • 8 green leaf lettuce leaves, washed and torn


To Make the Ketchup

  1. Add the oil to a small saucepot and set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and cook, stirring often until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 more minute. Add the cherries and cook about 3 more minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and bring to a simmer. Cook the cherry mixture uncovered for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove the thyme stem and transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor. Allow to cool slightly, then puree mixture (allowing a place for steam to escape if mixture is still rather warm) until smooth. Alternatively, puree the mixture in the pot using a stick blender.
  3. Return the mixture back to the sauce pot and cook an additional 15 minutes. Remove from pot and allow to cool before serving.

For the burgers

  1. Preheat the grill and clean well with a grill brush.
  2. Shape the ground turkey into 8 equal-sized patties, about 2-3 tablespoons each. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly brush the grill grates with canola oil. Place burger patties on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes on each side. Use a food thermometer to ensure burgers have reached 165’F.
  4. Place cooked burgers on the buns and top with chipotle ketchup and lettuce.


  • Need to turn down the heat? Simply add less chipotle pepper.
  • Want to jazz it up? Add a dash of cinnamon or cardamom.
  • Want a little more sweetness? Add 1-2 more teaspoons of honey


  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 337
  • Sugar: 8
  • Sodium: 215
  • Fat: 11
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 40
  • Protein: 23
  • Cholesterol: 60

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