Blueberry Turkey Burgers with Blueberry Ketchup

I love blueberries! They are pretty, sweet and a summertime treat. Every summer my family visits a little blueberry patch on the outskirts of town and we pick blueberries then feast on them in every way imaginable.

My friends at the Blueberry Council shared this fun recipe with me, and I didn't hesitate to squeal with delight at the idea of sharing it with you.

Blueberry Turkey Burgers with Blueberry Ketchup


1 pound ground turkey
3/4 cup fresh or frozen (unthawed) blueberries
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced lemongrass (optional)*
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 poppy seed hamburger buns
Lettuce and sliced red onion, optional
Blueberry Ketchup (recipe follows)

In a large bowl, combine turkey, blueberries, ginger, lemongrass and black pepper; mix well.
Form mixture into 4 patties.
Brush soy sauce on both sides of burgers.
In an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, grill patties until cooked thoroughly, about 4 minutes each side.
Serve on buns with lettuce, sliced red onion and blueberry ketchup.
* Peel away woody outer layer from the bottom portion of the lemongrass stalk; mince inner flesh.

Quick notes:

Yield: 4 portions

Blueberry Ketchup


1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen (unthawed) blueberries
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pickled ginger (gari) or minced fresh ginger

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine blueberries, onion, vinegar, sugar, ginger and salt.
Bring to a simmer; cook about 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Remove to blender or food processor; whirl until smooth.
Refrigerate until ready to use. 

How do you like your blueberries? Tell me about your favorite way to eat blueberries in a comment, pretty please ;)

You might want to hop over and check out the recipe for Fresh Blueberry Napoleons as well 

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  1. I love blueberries but I would have never thought to use them in a burger. What an interesting dish! Looks good. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  2. This looks very interesting (in a good way) I'm also trying to find ways to use up the blueberries we got. I know my kids won't try this they are very picky. But I should be able to get the hubby on board. Thanks for a great recipe. Found your link at the Nibbles by Nic link party. Glad I did!

  3. Oh wow...what an interesting recipe! YUM!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up!


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