Orchard Turkey Burgers Recipe


For the Burgers

  • 1 lb ground turkey (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Caramelized Onions

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

For Serving

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 4 slices brie cheese
  • Arugula or spring mix
  • Optional: Honey mustard, Dijon mustard, or your favorite burger spread


1. Caramelize the Onions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add sliced onions, season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally for 20-25 minutes, or until the onions are deeply browned and caramelized.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.

2. Make the Turkey Burgers

  • In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, grated apple, chopped onion, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix gently until ingredients are well combined. Do not overmix.
  • Shape the mixture into 4 equal patties.

3. Cook the Burgers

  • Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Lightly brush the patties with olive oil (optional).
  • Cook the burgers for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

4. Assemble the Burgers

  • During the last minute of cooking, top each burger with a slice of brie cheese.
  • Toast the buns if desired.
  • Place a bed of arugula or spring mix on the bottom bun.
  • Top with a cooked burger patty and a generous spoonful of caramelized onions.
  • Add desired condiments and the top bun.


Apple Choice: Granny Smith’s tartness balances well with the richness of the brie. For a sweeter note, try a Honeycrisp or Gala apple.

Don’t Overmix: Handle the turkey mixture gently to avoid tough burgers.

Cheese Melt: Cover the skillet briefly in the last minute of cooking to help the brie melt perfectly.

Customize: Get creative with toppings! Sliced apple, cranberry sauce, and grainy mustard all work well with these flavors.


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