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.”

  1. #
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — February 20, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    Well, my five year old daughter does want to get into figure skating for one reason and one reason only: those outfits. So maybe that IS why some of them get into the sport. ;)

    You hit the nail on the head with what you need to make a better turkey burger: higher fat content and seasonings–lot o’ seasonings! So important. This version looks perfect.


  2. #
    Jen@topateplate — February 20, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    I’m in training (only in my mind) to become an Olympic curler. Is that weird? Also, this burger made my day.


    • Jessica — February 20th, 2014 @ 8:39 am

      i first read like as “surfer.” ha!
      i don’t think i have the patience for curling. just watching it gives me anxiety!!


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    Tina Muir — February 20, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    YES PLEASE! That looks innnnccreddddibllleee! Yum! I am in the intense part of my half marathon training segment and I am meant to be eating lots of red meat for iron and fuel, this would be wonderful! Gorgonzola is one of my favorite cheeses too!

    Maybe when I accomplish my running career goals I will join you on a quest o be a figure skater….not sure I could be elegant enough to ever manage it though!


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    Taylee @ twist me fit — February 20, 2014 @ 8:27 am

    I want to be an Olympic gymnast! I was a gymnast like 15 years ago, I’m sure it would come back just like riding a bike haha :-)


    • Jessica — February 20th, 2014 @ 8:41 am

      i also rotate between skater and gymnast. i was a gymnast for a few years until my mean hungarian coach sat on our butts during straddle splits to get us all the way down to the floor!


      • Jen@topateplate — February 20th, 2014 @ 9:06 am

        OMG. I just cringed. That’s a major ouch!

  5. #
    Meg Jones | The Spatularettes — February 20, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    This begs the question… could you twizzle on your roller blades?
    Is twizzle the best word to come out of Sochi? Yes, I do believe it is.


    • Jessica — February 20th, 2014 @ 8:42 am

      omg yes.


  6. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — February 20, 2014 @ 8:34 am

    I still sometimes pretend I’m in the ballet and jump and leap around the house… and then quickly look around to make sure no one saw. You go girl! Burgers = Yes please!


  7. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 20, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    Oh gosh yes, I do miss rollerblades! I have some that I want to get out on this summer (the athletic looking kind, not the roller skate old-fashioned kind!) and more importantly, I miss grilled food! My BBQ is under about 3 feet of snow and I can’t even get to it because my enclosed patio is in the same state. Having said that, we’re supposed to get a ton of rain today (????) so maybe that will melt some of it. Fingers crossed grilling season will come soon!


  8. #
    Amy — February 20, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    I have been OBSESSED with the skating this year. We saw the US championships in Boston and I was on cloud nine the entire time. These past few weeks I have been LOVING it. Iw as so wrapped up in the pairs ice dancing that I didn’t want to know who won before I could watch that night after work. Unfortunately, Wall Street Journal email blasts ruined that one for me. Never thought ice dancing would be their kind of news but hey, I support hem supporting ice dancing.

    Anyway, burger looks delicious!


  9. #
    Alicia — February 20, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    I’ll be a nice skater with ya!…then after practice, let’s go stuff our faces with these burgers, because we can. And they look amazing-to-die-for bonkers good. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely be making these soon.


  10. #
    Natalie — February 20, 2014 @ 8:47 am

    oh yum! these look fab… did you see the buzzfeed article about the most awesome figure skating outfits of the 90s? It was priceless!


  11. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — February 20, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    I did ice skating until I was 5–with the fancy fuzzy tights, outfits, and white skates. I even have a really embarrassingly hilarious video of me on an ice rink doing my routine ALONE when I was maybe four. I totally get it. And i think your dream is totally doable. Go for it! :)

    I normally hate turkey burgers too for all those exact reasons, but I trust that this one is pretty spectacular. I mean, look at that cheeeeeese!


  12. #
    ashley - baker by nature — February 20, 2014 @ 8:55 am

    This burger ————–> AMAZING!!!

    Also, need a figure skating partner? I’m so in!


  13. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 20, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    I haven’t watched ANY of the Olympics.
    I know, I suck. You can disown me,
    BUT I do remember wanting to be a figure skater during the last Winter olympics!
    Does that count? I’m going with it.
    Eventhough it’s the middle of winter AND 8 am. I want a burger STAT. These look yum in my turkey burger lovin’ tum!


    • Jessica — February 20th, 2014 @ 9:05 am

      whaaaat. you are missing out!


  14. #
    Jen Berry — February 20, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    Firstly, I’m loving this recipe. I’m obsessed with cheese because my midwife has said NOT to eat it. Secondly, I DID THE SAME THING WITH ROLLERBLADES!! It’s like reading a bit of my past….! xx


  15. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 20, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    I bet that cabbage is just packed with flavor! I love cabbage, cole slaw, anything like it and this looks so good!


  16. #
    Molly (Yes to Yolks) — February 20, 2014 @ 9:09 am

    I love this post. Great story. I used to rock out the rollerblade outfit – complete with neon leggings, leg warmers, and hair scrunchies (also used to tie my shirt into a side knot. Obviously). I secretly wish it was still OK to dress like that while exercising. I still have my teen-years rollerblades, which my husband tells me i need to get rid of. Never! I may never put them on again, but they are nostalgic! Oh, and these BURGERS look fantastic. They make me crave summer even more! Love the cheese and slaw! Yum.


  17. #
    Melanie — February 20, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    True life: I Went Out and Bought a Pair of Figure Skates Because of the Olympics.

    I took them for a spin yesterday and learned to stop, which I think means I’m already halfway to PyeongChang 2018. I asked one of the rink workers if it’s possible to become a figure skater in your adult life and he said “TOTALLY.” So, GO FOR THE GOLD!, my friend. And when you perfect the backwards crisscross let me in on the secret???


  18. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — February 20, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    I am still roller blading as geeky as it sounds. We actually have teams in Australia too. I really want to join but of course my poor coordination is setting me back…
    Love the burger, love the slaw and blue cheese??? Drooling for this Thursday posting


  19. #
    CHRISTOPHER — February 20, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    In addition to Jock Jams I also recall listening to LFO during roller hockey games in the basement.


  20. #
    Kim in MD — February 20, 2014 @ 9:20 am

    I am.loving the Olympics, too! I agree that the word twizzle is the best word to come out of Sochi! This turkey burger looks amazing…I want it NOW!


  21. #
    Lauren — February 20, 2014 @ 9:21 am

    I trained as a figure skater until I was 17…still can’t bear to throw away any of my skating dresses! Also, totally ate burgers the whole time, probably why I never became an Olympian. Anyway, backwards type criss cross skate thing = backwards crossovers!


    • Jessica — February 20th, 2014 @ 10:23 am

      ah! thank you for clearing that up. now i can start practicing.


      • Stephanie S. — February 20th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

        Yes, backwards crossovers.. you were so close with criss cross skate thing… :) as a former firgure skater, I definitely live steamed the women’s long program today at work and may or may not have shed a few tears after each skater performed a clean routine… the olympics makes me so emotional!

        Also, I can’t wait to make this burger! My boyfriend and I have been obsessed with turkey burgers lately :)

  22. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 20, 2014 @ 9:28 am

    I will be cheering for you from the sidelines. I can ice skate but I can only go forward. No fancy turns, no backwards movement just straight ahead.


  23. #
    DessertForTwo — February 20, 2014 @ 9:34 am

    First of all, I’m laughing out loud over here. Oh, roller blades. I used to try to master just crossing over going forwards! I’m dying at mental images of little Jessica trying to master it backwards. You’re amazing. And amen to the slightly higher fat turkey burger. I accidentally picked up 99% lean turkey once and my burgers were white after cooking! No bueno.


  24. #
    Hayley @ Healthy Regards — February 20, 2014 @ 9:45 am

    I say go for it… the olympic figure skater thing. We are supposed to follow our dreams right? And I will eat the burger for you.


  25. #
    Amanda — February 20, 2014 @ 10:05 am

    I’ve loving the Olympics too! The burger looks delicious!


  26. #
    Ashley — February 20, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    I am dyyying about the part where you had to buy tickets to their game and that you would perform at the halftime show. I remember very similar things happening in our basement growing up. :) I think I was more into becoming an Olympic gymnast than a figure skater at the time, and I just can’t believe neither ever happened. Better get back to my criss-cross skate practice.


  27. #
    kcaudad — February 20, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    FYI – Rollerblades are totally coming back in the midwest! I was shocked this spring and summer to see tons of teens and 20-somethings using rollerblades on the trails and in the parks. They were skating around like it was cool again! So great!


  28. #
    Shannon — February 20, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    Be still my turkey burger-loving heart! Looks amazing!!


  29. #
    Carissa — February 20, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    I used to figure skate! Never like the Olympians, though…I got to the half axel & the sit spin & then I wasn’t quite dedicated enough. I can, however, do backwards crossovers (aka criss cross). I still roller blade to workout some mornings (when it’s not winter) even now at age 29 because I love the thrill of going fast & it’s a lot more accessible than ice skating since you don’t need a rink. I can see why you didn’t master the crossovers on roller blades, though. It’s lots harder than on ice skates! You should keep trying. It’s a great workout!


  30. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — February 20, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    I am hooked on figure skating too! I think it started when I was 7 and my mom had a mega crush on Brian Boitano. When Meryl and Charlie one pairs, I actually started tearing up, and I can’t wait for the ladies tonight. Is it just me or did they used to look a lot older back when I was cheering for Kristi Yamaguchi?


  31. #
    Genn — February 20, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    This looks fabulous. My friends and I are looking to do more of our own cooking and I can definitely see this being added to our rotation! Cheese is my love language.


  32. #
    davis ann — February 20, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    i literally browsed through your site YESTERDAY looking for a creamy gorgonzola dip for those (highly addictive) buffalo-style pretzel chips. heck. yes.


  33. #
    Skye — February 20, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    LOVE the gorgonzola topping on this – what a scrumptious touch! Perfect to help you build your strength for all the ice skating that you’ll be doing :)
    PS I just discovered your blog through Instagram – and I’m completely hooked! Such a pretty site with so many fabulous recipes…


  34. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — February 20, 2014 @ 11:29 am

    I currently have a pair of roller blades in my closet from middle school and they totally still fit. Not that I wear them all the time or anything. These burgers look awesome and I love all that slaw piled high!


  35. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 20, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    I can’t even. This looks SO DANG GOOD.


  36. #
    Katriel — February 20, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

    I LOOOOVE watching the figure skating. This is random, but one song that one of the skaters skated to was a song from a musical that I was in in high school and so while I was watching her skate, I was having fond memories of the weird dance we did to that same song, and thinking how much more elegant she looked!
    I could never be a figure skater though because I lack balance and grace and poise and flexibility, and I have a feeling I would somehow slice something off with one of those skates because of my lack of coordination.


  37. #
    Sues — February 20, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    I think I’d rather have this than an ice skating career any day! I figure skated for most of my childhood and totally had the backward crossovers down, but was too much of a wuss to get any height in jumps. SIGH.


  38. #
    Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — February 20, 2014 @ 1:05 pm

    Love this burger!I have ground turkey sitting in my fridge and I was going to make stuffed peppers for dinner, but really, this sounds so much better. doing it.
    Also, this is so creepy, but I’m pretty sure I had a dream about you last night. you had on lots of makeup, we were drinking cocktails, talking about having kids, and you were runner up for a national food contest…in france. come to think of it, that could probably all be real life.
    sorry if I totally just creeped you out!


  39. #
    Mandy — February 20, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

    True story – I used to put on a fancy leotard and skirt and rollerblade up and down my driveway, practicing ‘lifting’ my leg up high like the figure skaters do. The shame! What a dork LOL Your post brought back lots of memories of those days ;)


  40. #
    Larry — February 20, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    I want two of these for lunch. And some fries. And a soda (maybe….).


  41. #
    Beth — February 20, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

    Jessica these look so good that I just died at my desk. I’m totally going to haunt you. AHMAYZING.


  42. #
    Kylie @ immaeatthat — February 20, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    Creamy Gorgonzola!?!?!?!?! You are perfect!


  43. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — February 20, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

    Oh man, I love a good turkey burger! I can’t wait for summer & burger season… even if it is actually months away from now :(


  44. #
    Mariah and Coty@quirksandtwists — February 20, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

    Whoa, does this look dynamite! Also, I was completely obsessed with figure skating. So much so, I actually owned my own skates. Problem was that I never used them:/


  45. #
    ATasteOfMadness — February 20, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    That’s so cute! I could barely stand up in roller blades, and I would be on my face the whole time skating.
    I want these burgers. Like, now.


  46. #
    Amy — February 20, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    I always wanted to be a ballerina for nearly the exact same reasons. There’s no cold weather were I live, so this seemed a more reasonable expectation. Except for the fact that I can’t dance and my younger self was definitely not meant to be contained in a leotard and tights…
    I guess I’ll just have to make burgers for the boyfriend and make him watch figure skating instead.


  47. #
    Katie H. — February 20, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

    I’m a inline speed skater (I skate on Luiginos) and I absolutely love it! It’s as simple as I like to go fast and look cool in my black and green skates! Definitely going to try the burger, the fiancee with love it. :)


  48. #
    Lauren@LoveChocolateLife — February 20, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    omg… these turkey burgers look so good. Its 1030 pm and im salivating. I don’y really make turkey burgers because I find them boring so i’ll try this recipe out ! I wanted to be Tara Lipinski for the longest time, thought she was the coolest ever . Then got on ice skates.. yeppp didn’t happen :)


  49. #
    Sara — February 20, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

    OMG, I HAVE to make this this week….looks AMAZING. I am a sucker for blue cheese.


  50. #
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — February 20, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

    bahaha… Your first line literally made me laugh out loud! Love it. I have been eating up the olympics too, so sad that then end on sunday. {big frown face} I want to be a freestyle snowboarder, I guess I should start training though because they last time I snowboarded I fractured my wrist. NO bueno. But these burgers on the other hand and muy bueno. Love everything about them! Pinned them and can’t wait to whip out the grill and try these bad boys! :)



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