Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers

Monday, August 19, 2013

Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers

So this one time I was watching Oprah.  It was her annual holiday 'Favorite Things' show. You know, her best episode ALL SEASON.  The episode I would sit at home watching, dreaming that I was in Chicago sitting in her audience.

So close I could taste it {Chicago is just a 3.5/4 hour drive from us}.

Oprah always threw in a few "foodie" items each year.  This year she invited Donald Trump on the stage, along with one of his chefs at his hotel to make their famous turkey burgers. Yes, Oprah was in LOVE with a turkey burger.

After they all tasted and raved about the burger, she claimed that the apple in the burger is what made it. Yes, grated apple.  It really is a fantastic idea - the apple gives it a bit of sweetness and the juice from the apple helps keep the burger moist.

So last week when the husband called me at work and asked the dreaded "what's for dinner?" question I promptly said turkey burgers.  Which he is always game for - anything grilled is a win/win in his book.  I did not tell him I'd be putting grated apple in the burgers.

We'll just keep that our little secret.

He'll never find out.

Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers
{Print this Recipe!}
2 lb. ground turkey
1 apple, finely grated, plus the juice
1 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 c. barbecue sauce
1 t. garlic salt
1 t. onion powder
1 t. onion flakes
generous amounts of salt and pepper

In a large bowl mix together all ingredients until just combined.  Form into large patties, 1 inch thick.  Mixture should make 8 patties.

Cook on a hot grill, 10 minutes a side, or until juices run clear.  Serve hot with your favorite toppings on a bun.

What's your favorite burger?


  1. I think that's a great idea! I actually grate apple in my homemade breakfast sausages - I love the salty/sweet combo. :D

  2. I love using fruit in savoury dishes. My favourite burger is any burger that is juicy and perfectly cooked.

  3. Mmmm, I can just imagine how delicious these burgers are! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.