These Turkey Apple Burgers are the perfect combination of tasty and nutritious, filled with fruits and vegetables! They are ideal for throwing on the grill, enjoying al fresco, or for entertaining a crowd, and perfect for kids, toddlers and adults.
This post was originally published in May 2018 and was updated as of July 2020.
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Motherhood is still a grind on me, especially right now as we navigate no childcare and work to be done. I’m still trying to figure it all out and manage a consistent eating schedule, even with pregnancy. The hunger and fullness cues can be so off and on. Intuitive eating and motherhood can be challenging but totally doable.
Having food premade always helps because part of the struggle with eating during pregnancy is lack of energy to actually make what I want!
Each week, I’ve been meal prepping one breakfast (egg muffins or a peach baked oatmeal), some snacks (hard boiled eggs or a strawberry muffins), and an easy dinner recipe. Three recipes is manageable for me right now and it gets us through a majority of the week, and the other nights are easy to put together quick meals.
I’ve been relying on these turkey and apple burgers for easy dinners because they are fun and customizable! Plus, with apple and sweet potatoes, they’re great as a toddler burger recipe or kid friendly burger, too.
What’s in Turkey and Apple Burgers?
I know the combination of apple in a turkey burger may seem a little odd, but turkey burgers with grated apple are amazing and delicious. Grated apple adds a tinge of sweetness or tartness (depending on which variety you use), and a pleasant crunch.
We’ve also upped the nutrition with some sweet potatoes (inspired by my popular ground turkey sweet potato burgers) because they mold into burgers SO WELL.
I’ve even made these into turkey burger sliders (aka smaller turkey burgers), more bite size, and they are the perfect appetizer for a crowd!
These turkey apple burgers are healthy and filled with:
- sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
- ground turkey
- olive oil
- cheese, for topping (I used cheddar)
- BBQ sauce (optional)
- ground ginger
- Italian seasoning
- garlic powder
- black pepper
The Secret Healthy Turkey Burger Seasoning
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is grill out. Hands down, I think food tastes better on the grill – fish, steak, burgers, veggies – what have you. The grill just adds a whole new yummy dimension, especially to any summer turkey burger recipes.
Plus, eating al fresco is fun and another of my favorite things. We ate outside at the beach often last week and we do it at home on our deck too, as long as it’s not too hot. It’s a great way for us to get some fresh air but feel secluded as well.
I think the seasoning you use when grilling or making burgers makes all the difference. That is definitely the case with this sweet potato burger recipe.
The secret seasoning here is a blend of ground ginger, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper and sea salt. And use a quality sea salt!
How To Make Turkey Apple Burgers
These healthy turkey apple burgers will become a new weeknight favorite for you!
Chose what type of apple you’d like to use. I use gala every time because that’s my favorite but any kind will work! Grate your apple into a medium-sized bowl.
Add the spices, mashed sweet potatoes and ground turkey. Use your hands to shape the mixture into 5-6 medium sized patties.
Then, toss the patties onto the grill or a skillet over medium high heat.
If you like toasted buns, you can also throw some buns in the oven for 3-5 minutes at 350 to get them crisp.
I also like to top my barbecue turkey burger recipe with extra apple slices for crunch and flavor.
Whether you make these in your home with a skillet (how I prefer if cooking on the stove) or out on the grill, I know you’ll love this healthy turkey burger recipe.
What Else Could You Add to Apple Burgers?
I think you can accomplish so many different flavors just by changing the cheese! A soft goat cheese would taste delicious as well, in contrast to a sharp cheddar. I happen to love strong apple cheddar turkey burgers, but it may depend on your mood.
Other toppings I have added include lettuce or cabbage, crunchy pickles and even sliced beets. All options were delicious.
My favorite way to enjoy these mini turkey burgers is for a post-run meal since they offer an ideal balance of protein and carbohydrates. Plus, lots of antioxidants from the sweet potatoes. I like to pair these with some chips and watermelon, but you do you!
Tips for Making Turkey Apple Burgers:
- Switch up your cheese to accomplish different flavors
- Grate the apple into small pieces (an inch or two wide) so they mesh well with the ground turkey and sweet potato
- You can microwave your sweet potato for faster cooking. Then, let it cool and separate it from the skin and it’s easy to mash!
- Other sauce options include ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, a jam, or a homemade yogurt dressing
- You could also make these into a turkey burger sliders recipe, or mini turkey burger sliders, by just making them smaller and bite size!
- If cooking inside on the stove, I think they cook and taste much better with a cast iron skillet!
Can You Freeze This Healthy Turkey Burger Recipe?
As you can guess, these didn’t last long in our house and I’m sure they won’t in yours either. Maybe make a double or triple batch and freeze some for later because these healthy turkey apple burgers freeze well.
To freeze your turkey and apple burgers, take the raw ground turkey mixture and individually wrap the patties and place them in a large freezer-safe container or ziplock bag (these are my favorite freezer ziplock bags). Then, when ready to cook them, let them thaw in the fridge overnight and then toss them on the grill or stove.
To freeze cooked burgers, make sure to let them cool completely. Then, either wrap them individually or place them in the freezer-safe ziplock bag. When reheating them, pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and they’ll be ready to go.
They may be a little mushy, so you could also toast them in a toaster oven if you prefer them to be firmer.
- 2 apples (I used gala)
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 6 whole wheat buns
- 6 slices cheddar cheese
- dash sea salt
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- sage/rosemary, to top
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut 1 apple in half. Grate apple into medium sized bowl. Add spices, mashed sweet potatoes and ground turkey. Shape mixture into 5-6 medium size patties.
- Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add burgers to pan and cook through, about 4-5 minutes per side.
- While burgers are cooking, toast bun about 3-5 minutes in oven (optional)
- Cut remaining apple into slices to top turkey burger (optional). Top with bbq sauce and sliced cheese.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 587Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 648mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 6gSugar: 16gProtein: 33g
What To Pair With These Turkey Burger Sliders
- Refreshing mango quinoa salad
- Gluten free hummus pasta salad
- Crispy parsnip fries
- Bacon Wrapped sweet potato fries
What’s your favorite summer meal?