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Turkey Burgers with Fig Salsa from The Oaks Spa

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turkey burgers with fresh fig salsa

Tis’ the season for BBQ’s and family get-togethers! Just because you are striving to meet healthy eating goals does not mean that you have to opt out of Summer fun too! Make a healthy swap to Turkey Burgers and you won’t miss a beat on the grill. Get your entire family aboard and make a switch to Turkey Burgers– the kids won’t even notice a difference. For an even healthier spin on this summertime staple, ditch the bun and opt for pita bread. Happy grilling! If you’ve enjoyed this recipe, be sure to check out more from Christine Denney and The Oaks Spa.

Turkey Burgers with Fresh Fig Salsa

(Serves 6)


For the Fresh 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

For the Turkey Burger:

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



This recipe was originally penned by Christine Denney, Food Services Director at the Oaks at Ojai Spa. Her recipes are always fresh and inspired by her love of nutrition and eating well. You can find that her cookbook, Recipes from the Heart, is available to purchase here. For more recipes from Christine, check out her chef spotlight  page on Recipe Redo.

Author: Debra K

I believe we all have the right to enjoy incredible looking and tasting cuisine.

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