Southwestern Turkey Burgers with Red Onion Marmalade


July 18, 2011 by Dana

Sometimes, Jake tells me he feels like he’s going to sprout feathers.

It concerns me.

Now, I’m no psychologist, but according to my in depth and certainly reliable internet research, I think he may have some sort of identity issue. Borderline personality disorder?  Quite possibly.

Either that, or it has something to do with the amount of poultry I feed him.

I can’t be sure. 

Anyway, since I’m a loving and caring fiance, I try to be sensitive to this feeling of his, and every once in a while I try to throw in some meals that don’t contain poultry.  Because if it does  happen to be the latter, and he does  happen to think that, perhaps, we eat a lot of chicken and turkey, I wouldn’t want to exasperate the situation any further.

And if it’s not?  Well… does anyone know a good shrink?

So in my quest to avoid coming home to Jake covered in feathers, I look for non-chicken-and-turkey-meals-that-still-contain-meat-but-don’t-totally-gross-me-out. (What can I say? We’re difficult.)

And then I see recipes like this one, from Rhubarb and Honey.  And I know that if I just make it, and Jake just tastes it, he will love it.  And all visions of feathers popping out of his skin will disappear, despite the fact that it contains turkey.

And you know what? I think I’m right.  Because after Jake tasted these delicious Southwestern Turkey Burgers with Red Onion Marmalade, I didn’t hear one mention of feathers.


Southwestern Turkey Burgers:
3/4 cup grated sweet onion
1/3 cup bulgur wheat
1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast
Cooking spray
6 Kaiser rolls or English Muffins, split

Red Onion Marmalade:

1 large red onion, sliced
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup red wine

As I mentioned, this recipe is from Rhubarb and Honey, and is actually my contribution to the July Secret Recipe Club.  I was thrilled to be introduced to a new-to-me blog, and especially to find this recipe.  I only slightly adapted it, using bulgur wheat instead of wheat germ, and eliminating the cheddar.  (Of course, you could easily add that back in!)


1. Prepare grill.

2. Combine grated onion, bulgur wheat, chile powder, cumin, salt, red pepper, and turkey in a large bowl. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

3. Place patties on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes. Turn patties over; grill 2 minutes. Grill an additional 5 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165°. Remove from grill; let stand 5 minutes.

4. To make marmalade, saute onions in pan sprayed with cooking spray until translucent.  Add honey, balsamic vinegar, and red wine.  Simmer until liquid evaporates and onions are candied, then reduce until almost dry.

5. Place rolls, cut sides down, on grill rack; grill 1 minute or until toasted. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each roll; top each serving with onion marmalade, and top half of roll.

These burgers were great!  Often times, turkey burgers can get very dry, but the addition of the grated onion in the meat kept them pretty moist, and adding the delicious onion marmalade on top made any additional condiments unnecesary!

All in all, I’d say this month’s Secret Recipe Club was a success for me!  Check out the linky below to see the other contributions:

37 thoughts on “Southwestern Turkey Burgers with Red Onion Marmalade

  1. Tes says:

    Should I be concerned of spouting feathers, too :) Chicken is the main protein in my home.
    Your burger looks so amazing! The onion looks so perfect and juicy :)

  2. Victoria says:

    Fun! The Secret Recipe Club has done it again! I think I may join next month, but I keep forgetting, haha. Glad this burger didn’t make Jake sprout feathers, would have been a travesty. The marmalade is the perfect topper :)

  3. coffeelover says:

    I want one!!!!!!

  4. Good recipe! I’m so glad I did the SRC this month – it was so much fun!!!
    I’m already excited for next month!!

  5. Kimberly says:

    Hi, Dana! I’m so glad you liked this recipe from my site … your burgers look delicious! I had a ton of fun with the Secret Recipe Club this month … glad you did too!

  6. Oooh, I love onions like this! (Especially on burgers!)

  7. RavieNomNoms says:

    Oh wow that is one turkey burger that should be in my belly and not on the screen! That looks fantastic…I really enjoy turkey burgers too…people need to learn that turkey burgers can be better than regular burgers (just sayin’).

  8. The marmalade looks so good! I bet you could put it on anything and have it be delicious!

  9. Julie says:

    Beautiful pictures and a delicious recipe.

  10. Taylor says:

    Everything about this recipe is appealing! That red onion marmalade looks delish!!

  11. Kelly says:

    Wow these look fantastic! What a great recipe!! :)

  12. Perfection on a bun!

  13. Joanne says:

    I’m pretty sure that marmalade is delicious enough to ward off any feather growth. Awesome burger!

  14. Shelby says:

    This sounds yummy! I think a lot of men think they are eating too much poultry and not enough red meat! I know I hear the same thing at my home :-)

  15. Lisa~~ says:

    The onion marmalade sounds wonderful.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  16. Danielle says:

    Wow Dana those look delicious–I’m pretty sure I’ll be giving them a try soon, too! Guys and meat…I just don’t get it but whenever John gets to pick what we are having for dinner he is always picking steak! Haha.

  17. Reeni says:

    I often feel like I might sprout feathers myself! I love the sound of this with the marmalade! Makes it extra special.

  18. rachel says:

    I love what went into this awesome recipe. Great choice.

  19. Monet says:

    We eat a lot of chicken around our house too…and mostly in the form of the ubiquitous chicken breast. This looks like a way to “spice” up our dinner routine. This looks so delicious! And thanks for making me smile tonight (you always do), and I hope you are having a week full of love and joy. Hugs and love.

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  21. Amanda says:

    OMG you crack me up! Are you sure it’s not MY husband at your house?? Mine says that all the time haha! I have featured your recipe today at SRC!

  22. We eat a ton of chicken too! And turkey! Mostly because one of the littles is allergic to beef, poor guy. Those burgers look amazing; if my DH would go for it I would totally add onion to the meat, that just sounds so good.

  23. Denise Evans says:

    If this came from Kimberly, you know it’s going to be delish. These are on tap for Monday night. YUM and gorgeous photo!

  24. Tessa says:

    I am loving the caramelized onions on top of this! Looks so good.

  25. Melanie says:

    The red onion marmalade looks delicious! And those Brussels sprouts in the background are calling my name. :)

  26. Faith says:

    I have been dying to make red onion marmalade and now I want to even more! Thanks for the inspiration1

  27. Denise says:

    We made these on Monday night, and they are OUTSTANDING. The red onion jam MAKES it. This is a KEEPER recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

  28. eilonwy says:

    This sounds wonderful! My life is defined by an ongoing struggle with ground turkey, much of which involves giving it moisture and flavor. I shall have to try the onion marmalade.

  29. Trisha says:

    I’ve heard of using sauted onions in a burger, but have never heard of an onion marmalade. It sounds really interesting, I’m gonna have to try it soon! The burgers look great

  30. lazarocooks says:

    Saw your work on Kitchen Artistry. Fantastic.

  31. I have a ton of Vidalia onions that I need to use – your onion marmalade will be perfect for some of them. Thanks!

  32. Was it dry at all since you used ground breast? I typically use just regular ground turkey (which includes dark meat) and that usually takes care of any dryness. Looks like a great recipe. Thanks for posting!

    Glad to be part of SRC with you!

  33. I just joined SRC, which is how I found your blog. Can’t wait for my first challenge :) Looks like we’re neighbors (I’m in NJ, 10 min from the city). Love your blog and can’t wait to see more!

  34. You make the best poultry recipes! I am totally craving a turkey burger now for brunch…

  35. jodiemomo says:

    I think there is no better topping to any kind of meat than a red onion marmalade. This one looks divine and it’s no wonder you didn’t hear any complaints from the peanut gallery. Great job. :)

  36. Theresa says:

    I love your recipes! Did you cook the bulger wheat before you added it to the turkey? I made this & they were great but I cooked the wheat first b/c I was concerned it would be crunchy in the burgers. Thanks!

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