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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When Skies Turn Gray—–

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Coleslaw and Pickles.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Coleslaw and Pickles.

We’ve had a couple of days with temperatures in the 70’s….nice warm spring days.  From my kitchen window I can see our gas grille, with its cover still over it, on the back deck,  just waiting to be fired up.   My mouth was watering for a juicy burger, so I decided today was the day for our first cookout of the season.

I frequently use ground turkey to make burgers and I had some on hand so that was I used to make the recipe that follows.  In fact the recipe suggests adding creamy coleslaw and pickles to really dress up the burgers.  I set to work shredding the cabbage for my Creamy Garlic Coleslaw which you can find the recipe for here, then I mixed up the burger mixture.  Instead of a bulky hamburg bun I planned to use Multi-Grain Sandwich Thins, since we are cutting back on carbohydrates (again, sigh), and I added some chopped apple to my burger mixture to help keep them juicy.

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As I finished forming the burgers, I looked out the window and noticed that the sun had disappeared, and in its place we now had black clouds rolling in.  You have probably guessed what happened next:  a thunderstorm with pouring down rain.  So much for my cookout!

But you know what I say?  “When the skies turn gray, grill anyway”.  So out came my grill pan and I was still able to make burgers that were grilled, juicy and yummy.  My husband said “you should write about these they are really good.  And so I am.  We topped ours with sliced tomato,  pickle slices, and coleslaw with a thin spread of mayonnaise on the roll.   Perfect in spite of the rain.

GRILLED TURKEY BURGERS

SERVINGS    4

  • 1  1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup fresh soft breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 small onion minced, or chopped green onion
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley, or 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely diced apple, optional
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted

Assorted toppings:   mustard or mayonnaise, tomato slices, sliced sandwich pickles, creamy coleslaw, thinly sliced apple.

1.  Combine all the above ingredients, except buns, and form into 4  (1-inch-thick) patties.  Do not over mix, and handle lightly or burgers will be mushy. With your finger make a depression in the center of each one.

Make a depression in the center of the burgers to keep them from puffing up.

Make a depression in the center of the burgers to keep them from puffing up.

This keeps them from puffing up, so they retain their shape better. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, and grill on a lightly oiled rack over medium-high heat 6 – 7 minutes on each side or until done.  Remove from grill, cover loosely and let rest about 5 minutes.

2.  Spread toasted buns with mustard or mayonnaise.  Top with tomato slices, burger, pickle slices and a spoonful of creamy coleslaw.

These were nicely seasoned and very moist.

These were nicely seasoned and very moist.

SOURCE:   Country Living Magazine