Apple Ginger Turkey Burgers

July 14, 2008

Nothing screams summer barbecue like a good old fashioned cheese burger. But since the price of beef has increased it's nice to have another tasty and satisfying alternative. Many people wrinkle their noses at the thought of a turkey burger, as they are usually dry, boring and uninspiring. I'm hoping to change that perception - at least in my circle of friends! Asia met Washington State the other night when I created these delicious and juicy burgers. What ground turkey needs - especially turkey breast- is an ingredient that will not only add, but lock in, moisture in the meat. I've done this before with onion, but this time I went for the Triple Crown: red onion, green apple and fresh ginger. All ingredients providing moisture, flavor and texture. Apple Ginger Turkey Burgers 1 - 1.5 lb ground turkey breast 1 Granny Smith apple, grated with peel on 2" piece of fresh ginger, peeled (about 1/2 - 3/4 tablespoon) 1 small red onion, diced 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper Place the ground turkey in a large bowl. Crush the peeled ginger through a garlic press, and add the grated apple and diced onion. Add the soy sauce and a couple pinches of salt and a few good cranks of fresh ground pepper. Mix well with your hands, then form into patties (about 4-5). Grill a few minutes on each side or until juices no longer run red. Patties should feel slightly firm, but not hard. Great topped with Brie (shown) or sharp white cheddar.



Vytas's picture

Looks yummy. Is that a slice of brie on top of the burger?

Eric (from's picture

I'm a burger fanatic, so I'll be giving this one a try soon!

Rosebud's picture

The best sounding burger I have ever heard of. I will definitely try this one soon. You're the best!

grace's picture

this sounds sensational! i love turkey burgers, i love the combination of apples and brie, and i love pretty much anything spiced with ginger. needless to say, i think i'd love this burger! :)

Maura Rodgers's picture

I love turkey burgers.

My quick turkey burg fix:
add a little olive oil for taste,
lemon juice,
chunks of feta,
crushed black pepper and sea salt.
Mix and form good size patties. (I find they are juicier when the patties are a bit thicker)


Melanie D's picture

Wow! This is great. I love burgers. I'm suddenly craving for hotshots. Will send this recipe to my friend who is also obsessed with cheese burgers!

Ken Wetherell's picture

Damn! That looks and sounds incredible!

Okay, I'm fixing the fact that my email notice of Foodista postings broke when you guys changed the website. I am adding the RSS feed to Outlook right now!

I've got some catching up to do on your postings... They are really fantastic.

Ken Wetherell's picture

Hey, me again. Wow, the RSS feed works great in Outlook. I now have a nice list of dated and titled postings in my Foodista folder. I can click right through 'em and these beautiful photos oozing with color pop up one after another like I'm flipping through one of those indexed recipe card holders -- but lo, this is most definitely new-school. I just had to geek out a bit over this. :)

Adam's picture

A sensational addition to turkey burgers - it was delicious.

Azrin's picture

looks delicious! thanks for giving the recipe.. Need more of these healthy dishes ..