Sooooo. I’m wondering how many of these burgers I can consume while training for my new goal, which is becoming an Olympic figure skater.

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Um, seriously? Because it’s all I want to do right now. It’s doable in your thirties, right? I mean, heck, it’s 2014. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.

I am living up the Olympics. I cannot get enough. I’m a big old sucker for passion and could there be anyone more passionate than these incredible athletes? Dying. Totally dying. Oh and we can’t overlook the most important thing: hello ladies figure skating outfits. Clearly. You know. I’m sure that’s exactly why these women got into the sport. For the glitter and glitz of a skirted leotard. I mean, it’s right up my alley.

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True story: this isn’t the first time I was obsessive about gliding on ice. My brother played hockey and there were many many many super early mornings spent at ice rinks. I had a fascination over those nude and white figure skates because they were just so… classy. And I spent some quality time in the rink pro shop (is it even called that?) eyeing up velvety sequined skirts for dayssss. It wasn’t exactly a far fetched idea since I had been a dancer for years, but apparently my heart wasn’t in it since I never actually went for it.

Except for the occasional public skate where I would try to do that backwards type criss cross skate thing they do before jumps.

I was DESPERATE to learn that. I was convinced that it was the secret to doing triple axels and if I could just figure out how to skate leading up to the twist? I could so do the twist. I mean, what are you talking about height and power and core strength and stuff?

I would practice in our basement in my ROLLER BLADES. The space wasn’t huge but it was big enough for my brothers and their friends to play actual games of knee or roller hockey with two full nets. They’d check each other into the “boards” – aka, cardboard boxes full of my mom’s wedding china that had yet to be unpacked since we’d moved.

Yes. This really happened. (her china never even saw a crack.)

They’d take pucks to the face and make us buy tickets for their games. I’d put on halftime shows which sometimes consisted of my attempts at the backwards criss cross skating (do you like how I’ve now named it that? Please set me straight.) and total choreographed dances to the latest volume of Jock Jams.

Still own some Jock Jams. Sure do.

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It was when I was by myself that I’d practice the skating though, rollerblades on tight and the outfit finished off with coordinating elbow and knee pads. I have no idea why I never mastered the technique. Like why?!

The memories are clear as day though. And now I’m seriously craving a good roller blade stroll. Is that still a thing? If you still own rollerblades and more importantly, roller blade frequently, we need to be pals.

Since the figure skating dream may not happen, and since we’re already making plans to rollerblade, let’s pretend it’s summertime. It’s actually going to be weirdly warm here today (like 55?) so I’m not hating life. Enter burgers.

If you’ve known me for five minutes you might remember that I used to loathe turkey burgers because a certain someone I married lived on the completely dry, flavorless version for like four years straight. No. Just no.

I’ve since come around. Well, slightly. I can do a turkey burger when it’s heavily seasoned, not super lean (our grocery store carries 94-95% and we love it), cooked to perfection and piled high with toppings. Just like this one.

Homemade creamy gorgonzola made with greek yogurt? Yep. Blankets of chili garlic slaw that is both sweet and spicy? Yep yep. Toasty, crusty whole grain bun? YEP.

I guess I can do without the skates and glitter unitard.

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Turkey Burgers with Creamy Gorgonzola and Chili Garlic Slaw

Yield: makes 4 burgers

Total Time: 30 minutes


chili garlic slaw
1 head of napa cabbage, sliced into shreds
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon sriracha or hot chili sauce
1 lime, juiced

1 pound lean ground turkey (I use 94% lean)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 whole grain buns, toasted

creamy gorgonzola
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
6 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


(as a note, I like to make the slaw first and have it sit in the fridge.)
chili garlic slaw
Heat a large skillet over low heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and cabbage, tossing well to coat and cook for about 1 minute, continuously stirring. Add the chili powder, brown sugar and sriracha, tossing well to combine (I like to use kitchen tongs to pick up and turn over the cabbage). Remove the cabbage and place it in a large bowl, adding the lime juice and again tossing well. Place the bowl in the fridge so the slaw can cool completely (unless you'd like it warm, but I love cold slaw on a warm burger).

In a bowl mix together the ground turkey, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic cloves and green onions until just combined. Gently mixed until just combined and form into 4 equal sized patties. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add the patties and cook until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Or you can grill the burgers or cook them however you'd like.

To make the creamy gorgonzola, combine the yogurt, 4 ounces of the gorgonzola, oil, salt and pepper together in a bowl and stir and mash until combined. Spread the mixture on top of the burgers before serving and crumble the remaining cheese on top. Top with a big handful of the chili garlic slaw and serve on toasted buns.

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um, I’m not kidding about the rollerblades. I bet the neon accessories are out of control these days.

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87 Responses to “Turkey Burgers with Creamy Gorgonzola and Chili Garlic Slaw.”

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    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — February 21, 2014 @ 12:40 am

    Ah, the basement. A breeding ground for imaginations and just plain weirdness. You gotta love it.

    While we’re on the topic of love…jock jams is now my next Pandora station.


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    Tereza — February 21, 2014 @ 6:05 am

    This makes me miss eating dairy and gluten…. Looks so amazingly delicious!!!


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    Marissa@In My Yellow Cardigan — February 21, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Literally making a separate Pinterest board for burgers right now just so I can re-find this recipe faster. This looks amazing!


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    V. Grace — February 21, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    I still have my rollerblades… Both pairs that still fit me… But because of my RSD, and not having even walked in 3 years, two of which I spent on crutches, and one year in a wheelchair… When I was in rehab, after my last spinal cord surgery, I told my Physical Therapist, that the one thing, besides walk, that I wanted to be able to do, once I had reached my goal weight and strength, was to rollerblade again… And that criss-cross skating is just called a backwards skate, to build the momentum for the jumps and turns. You cannot do a lutz or an axl without skating backward first, and then jump up and do the turns you are trying to do. If you try to do it from forward skating, the toe pick gets caught in the ice, and you run the risk of falling and breaking your face/butt/arms/legs, and if that happens you may as well just lay on the ice and die, and let the Zamboni clean your carcass off the ice… Because at that point, your career in skating is OVER!

    Stick to watching the skating, and remembering all your fond memories about childhood… And stick to the kitchen, because I don’t think I could stand it if you stopped sharing your recipes on your blog! Enjoy the rest of the Olympics and the other Winter Skating shows, that we all love so much! :D


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    Ellen — February 21, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    I also used to pretend to be a figure skater, except I didn’t even have roller blades. I would move all the furniture in the living room, put on my Shania Twain album (cuz that’s what Olympic figure skaters skate to right?) and twirl around. Best Saturday night ever… Anyways, this recipe looks pretty delightful, may have to give it a try.


  6. #
    Julia — February 21, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    dying. dead. good god this is a thing of beauty.


  7. #
    Ana — February 21, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    How do you shape your burgers so perfectly?? They’re always gorgeous!


  8. #
    Silvia — February 21, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    Dear Jessica,

    wOw! I haven’t been to busy in the kitchen lately, but this post…..this one, I gotta try. I am not a turkey burger fan either, but your enthusiasm has sparked interest in trying this out. That, and it helped me get over my “blah, trying to motivate” day. :) Thanks! For getting me excited about making something completely new. For motivating my day. For being you! Your energy comes across loud, beautiful, and clear. I had tried everything to do this on my own. Yeah, didn’t work too well this morning. This post did however! :)

    PS. You are an Olympic figure skater in my mind. ;)


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    Kelly @ Shop Good - Do Good — February 21, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    I LOVE roller blading at Indian Lake! Gotta watch out for the covered bridge though…that part gets a little tricky! If you are ever up for it let me know! :)


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    jeri — February 22, 2014 @ 2:12 am

    The key to enjoying turkey burgers is to not expect them to taste like hamburgers. They’re a whole different animal (literally) and should be enjoyed as such. As for figure skating,, was there anything more fun than Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weird (not a typo) commentating? I want in on a threesome with them.


  11. #
    Gina — February 22, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    Literally cannot express how excited I am about this recipe.


  12. #
    Jenelle cook — February 23, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    Hi Jessica! These burgers look awesome!!! Can’t wait to try them…I’m sure we’ll be blown away as usual. We love your cooking in our house.
    And for the figure skating… I totally feel you! I actually skated competitively growing up, but had my Olympic dreams dashed by ankle surgery in high school. But yes, I lived for those competition dresses. My mom made mine & they were very sparkly!!! And since you asked, they’re called backwards cross-overs. So you were basically right.


  13. #
    Allie — February 24, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    If you love figure skating, you will find this hilarious:

    I laughed so hard…..kills me dead.


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    Heather — February 26, 2014 @ 12:38 am

    My husband and I just made these for dinner and we both loved them! He was a little perplexed at first when I told him that we would be putting the slaw ON the burgers (he’s a ketchup-only hamburger kind of guy) but he ended up loving the combination of the cabbage, the gorgonzola and the burger and so did I. Definitely a keeper!


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    Nutmeg Nanny — February 27, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

    I am swooning over this burger right now, it looks seriously amazing! This recipe is being saved immediately


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    Michele — March 2, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

    I just made these for dinner, they were amazing! My husband said it was one of the best turkey burgers he’s ever had (this says alot when he’s a red meat kind of guy). Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.


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    Gabby — March 8, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    I was totally into reading your story about wanting to be a figure skater until I saw that gorgonzola covered spoon. omg this recipe looks amazeballs and I have to make soon!


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    Lizy Tish — March 8, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

    The games in the basement sound like so much fun! I have always loved figure skating and wished I could skate like that, but never went to the lengths you did. Good for you! MAYBE you can still have a future in it….
    And these burgers look so great. You had me at gorgonzola.


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    Amanda — April 5, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    These were great. My boyfriend commented on how juicy they were and I loved the blue cheese, obviously.


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    cass — May 6, 2014 @ 4:48 pm

    we made these last night for dinner – loved the turkey burger & gorgonzolo spread, but didn’t like the chili garlic slaw. however, even though i only cooked the cabbage for a minute mine looks much more cooked than in your picture so that might be the reason why, but i didn’t really like the flavors in the slaw either. we ended up tossing it and using some romaine lettuce & buffalo wing sauce and they were yummy :) thanks for the recipe


  21. #
    Kari — February 15, 2015 @ 6:16 am

    These were absolutely amazing! I even used super lean turkey and they were not in the least bit dry from all of the additions, and SO. MUCH. FLAVOR.



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