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I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical making this apple maple turkey burger. Sure, I’ve had a few turkey burgers in my time, but I can’t remember any of them. None of them really wowed me to be honest. On the other hand, I can remember lots of the beef burgers I’ve had. A lot of them wowed me. I was pretty sure this wasn’t going to be a very memorable burger either. And I was wrong. Very wrong. I was wowed!
The apple sauce and maple syrup really make this apple maple turkey burger (inspired by a recipe from Sandra Lee) fantastic. It is moist and tender and oh so flavorful. It is topped with applewood-smoked burger and a great sauce that I am going to use on regular beef burgers too. So much so that I made these twice in two days.
I like to use a burger press when I make burgers. It, in combination with some patty papers, enables me to crank out a whole bunch of equally-sized burger patties in no time at all with little cleanup.
Apple Maple Turkey Burger
For the burger
- 12 slices applewood-smoked bacon cooked and cooled slightly, divided
- 1 pound ground turkey breast
- ½ cup applesauce chunky
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Olive oil
- 4 hamburger Buns
- Toppings lettuce, tomato, sliced onion, etc
- Combine the sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Take 4 of the pieces of bacon and place into a chopper or blender and process until all large pieces are ground.
- Combine the ground bacon, turkey, applesauce, poultry seasoning, syrup, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Use your hands to get it mixed well. Form into 4 equally sized patties.
- Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
- Brush one side of the patties with olive oil and place over direct heat. Brush tops with oil.
- Grill until lightly charred. Flip and grill another 3-4 minutes.
- Remove to indirect heat and continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 170 F.
- Lightly toast the buns.
- Serve patties on toasted buns slathered with the sauce, topped with your favorite toppings and the remaining bacon slices.
Nutritional values are approximate.