TURKEY APPLE BURGERS

With apples so readily available all year long I had to create a burger with this crispy and delicious fruit. The sweetness of the fruit pairs well with turkey meat, and to further add to the sweetness and to create some moisture I added some mango chutney into the burgers as well. I recommend serving this burger with a light salad like the one in the picture just so the apples in the turkey burger don't get overshadowed with other flavours. This one is definitely a keeper!

Makes 4-6 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey meat (roughly 1 pkg of turkey)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • coarse salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 granny smith or golden delicious apple, cored and chopped finely
  • half a red onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 4-6 slices of Swiss Cheese (optional)
  • light mayo to spread
  • crisp lettuce leaves
  • 4-6 kaiser buns or multi grain buns


1. Preheat a non-stick skillet on medium high heat and drizzle in 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add in the chopped apple and onion. Drizzle in 1 tbsp of lemon juice and saute for several minutes until the apples are cooked through. Take it off the heat and let it cool completely.


2. In a large bowl, add in the lean ground turkey meat, dried thyme, coarse salt, fresh ground pepper, chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese, mango chutney, smoked paprika and finally, the cooled apple and onion mixture. Using your clean hands gently mix the ingredients through and then make the meat into burger patties. There should be enough to make 4-6 patties depending on how big you wish to make them. Put the patties on a plate and into the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to firm up.


3. Preheat the same non-stick skillet on medium heat and drizzle in the olive oil. Once the pan comes up to temperature add in the burger patties, making sure that you don't overcrowd the pan. Note: you can also cook these on your barbeque or your indoor grill. The burgers should take no more than 5-7 minutes per side. If you wish to add the swiss cheese put it onto the patty once you have flipped the burger.

4. Lightly toast or warm your kaiser or multi-grain buns, add your cooked turkey burger, put the lettuce leaf on top, and then spread a bit of mayo on the top bun. Serve with a simple vegetable salad on the side and enjoy.

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