Turkey Sage Burgers with Sautéed Apples and Brie

Turkey sage burgers with sautéed apples and cheese.

Turkey sage burgers with sautéed apples and cheese.

Apples are a wonderfully versatile fruit used in both sweet and savory dishes.  In this quick entreé they lend their sweetness to turkey burgers, making them the perfect quick meal for a fall lunch or dinner.

These pan seared turkey burgers are flavored with sage and shallots and topped with apple slices sautéed in butter and a slice of creamy brie or other cheese of your choice.  In my burgers  I used sliced sharp cheddar cheese, but whatever cheese you have that pairs well with apples would be a good match-up.

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Whenever I make these burgers Mr. D. does not know we are eating turkey;  he thinks it is a beef burger.  So I’m sure that you could serve them with traditional burger toppings in place of the apples and cheese, and unless you tell, no-one would suspect, and would “gobble” them up.  😀

TURKEY SAGE BURGERS WITH APPLES AND CHEESE

Yield:   Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1.3 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. bread crumbs
  • 1/2 medium shallot, finely chopped ( about 2 tsp.)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh sage, finely chopped or 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil for cooking
  • 4 slices cheese  (Brie, cheddar, Jack)
  • 4 seeded rolls, split

Apples:

  • 1 medium apple, cored, peeled and cut into thin slices
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • pinch salt

Directions:

1.   Sauté apples first by melting butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add apple slices in a single layer and sprinkle with salt.  Cook till tender, about 2 minutes each side.  Transfer to bowl and set aside.

Set aside sautéed apples while burgers cook.

Set aside sautéed apples while burgers cook.

2.   Mix ground turkey and seasonings (through sage) in a large bowl.  Form into 4 equal-size patties.

3.  Add vegetable oil to the skillet used by the apples.  Bring heat to medium-high.   Get the pan hot before adding the burgers to get a nice sear, then lower the heat to medium-low.  Cook burgers, turning several times so they don’t burn,  until firm and no longer pink in the middle,  7 – 8 minutes total.

A hot pan will give a nice sear to the burgers.

A hot pan will give a nice sear to the burgers.

4.  Remove from heat, top each burger with a quarter of the apples and a slice of cheese.  Cover pan and set aside about 5 minutes to allow cheese to melt.  Place burgers on buns and serve immediately.

Serve with chips and a pickle or a side of coleslaw.

Serve with chips and a pickle or a side of coleslaw.

SOURCE:    My Gourmet Connection

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