Blackberry Umami Turkey Burgers

This recipe for Blackberry Umami Turkey Burgers features one of the most flavorful and versatile sauces, the Use-It-For-Everything Blackberry Umami Sauce was created by Dorie Greenspan, a James Beard award-winning cookbook author. Mixing this balanced and robust sauce with ground turkey guarantees a super moist and deliciously satisfying result!

Recipe by Dorie Greenspan

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For the Blackberry Chili Sauce

⅓ cup sweet Thai chili sauce
3 tablespoons Use-It-For-Everything Blackberry Umami Sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
½ tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
8 blackberries, frozen or thawed
¼ teaspoon sambal oelek

For the Turkey Mixture

¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 large egg, slightly beaten
3 tablespoons Use-It-For-Everything Blackberry Umami Sauce
¼ cup panko bread crumbs
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons sambal oelek
1 pound regular ground turkey (not ground white meat turkey)
1 tablespoon oil for roasting
Additional Blackberry Umami Sauce for glazing

Optional Ingredients for Serving

4 small burger buns, toasted
Use-It-For-Everything Blackberry Umami Sauce
Pickled red onions
Rainbow slaw
Shredded carrots
Sliced or cubed mango
Thinly sliced red radishes
Sliced scallions
Olive oil
Rice vinegar
Lime wedges
Salt and Pepper


For the Blackberry Chili Sauce

Step 1
Stir all the ingredients, except the sambal oelek and blackberries, together in a bowl.

Step 2
Taste and see if you’d like more spice. If yes, add the sambal oelek. Then stir in the blackberries. The sauce is ready to use now, but it’s even better after a 2-hour rest at room temperature. Keep in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container for up to 4 days.

For the Turkey Burgers

Step 1
Stir all the turkey mixture ingredients – except the turkey – together in a bowl.

Step 2
Add the turkey and gently mix to blend.

Step 3
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 4
Form 4 patties. Place the patties on a foil-lined baking sheet and cook to an internal temperature of 165°F, 15 to 20 minutes (colder meat will take longer). Brush a little Blackberry Umami Sauce over burgers when cooked.

Step 5
To finish the burgers: spread Blackberry Umami sauce on a toasted bun and then pile on whatever toppings you’d like. If you’re using slaw or carrots, toss them with just a little oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper; mango is nice with lime juice and salt. Drizzle with Blackberry-Chili Sauce.