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Recipes: Hawaiian turkey burgers

Use ground turkey instead of ground beef for this burger
Use ground turkey instead of ground beef for this burger

Those who have issues with high cholesterol are often advised to seriously limit the amount of beef they eat – sometimes to lower the amount to as little as two servings a month. What is a generation that’s been raised on burgers and fries to do?

One possibility is to trade beef burgers for turkey burgers. The September 15, 2014 issue of for women First shares a recipe for Hawaiian turkey burgers with pineapple salsa which is both delicious and could keep you from missing those beef burgers as much.

Since the recipe calls for fresh diced pineapple, the magazine also provided this tip for carving a pineapple:

  • Use a knife to cut off its top and bottom, and to peel (this minimizes the mess)
  • Quarter the fruit lengthwise
  • Place quarters cut side up on work surface
  • Using your hand to anchor, guide the knife down the length of the fruit, just below the hard core, to remove
  • Repeat for each quarter
  • Dice the pineapple

Now, for the recipe.


  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 1 jalepeño pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mint
  • 1½ pounds ground turkey
  • 5 Tablespoons pub burger seasoning (like McCormick Grill Master)
  • 6 hamburger buns


  1. In bowl, toss first 3 ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Chill until needed.
  2. Heat grill.
  3. In processor, pulse mushrooms until minced.
  4. In large bowl, mix minced mushrooms, ground turkey and seasoning; shape into 6 patties.
  5. Grill 8 minutes or until done, turning once.
  6. Serve burgers on hamburger buns, topped with salsa.

Serves 6

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