From the healthy kitchen of Christine Denney, Chef at The Oaks at Ojai

Turkey Burger with Fig Salsa

Turkey Burger with Fig Salsa Recipe

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Ingredients for Fig Salsa

2½ cups fresh figs, diced

½ cup yellow bell pepper, diced

¼ cup finely minced red onion

½ cup dried cranberries (raisins can be substituted)

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced, or 2 tsp. dried red chili flakes

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp minced or grated fresh ginger


Combine salsa ingredients and chill for approximately two hours to meld flavors.

Ingredients for Burgers

1 ½ lbs. ground turkey

1/3 cup chopped fresh figs

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

¼ cup finely minced red onion

½ tsp black pepper

2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil (2 tsp. dried)


  • Combine all of the ingredients, but do not over-mix.
  • Divide into 6 portions and shape into burgers. Or, these can be made into meatballs for an appetizer. Chill for one hour before cooking.
  • Using a non-stick spray for your grill or sauté pan, spray generously and cook burgers over medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side, depending on thickness. (Meat should register 165 degrees in the center.)
  • Serve warm with fresh fig salsa. If “meatballs” are made, they could be used with an arugula salad, adding Gorgonzola, feta or goat cheese if desired, and the salsa could be the “dressing.”

**Note: This would also be delicious in half of a whole wheat pita with the salsa as a condiment.

Nutritional Information: per serving

Serves 6

Calories: 60

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