Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers with Maple Dijon Mustard

Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers with Maple Dijon Mustard

Thanks to shredded apples and cheddar cheese, these turkey burgers are incredibly moist and packed with flavor. Trust me when I say that your family is going to love this healthier recipe! 

How many times have you had a dry turkey burger? 

Likely quite a few times — unless the one time was enough to convince you that turkey burgers just aren’t your thing. 

Personally, I’ve never loved them. Sure, I’ve made a few that I’ve been happy with, but generally I tend to either go with a veggie burger or splurge on a bison patty

Apple cheddar turkey burger on a brioche bun with lettuce

But things have now changed, as I seriously love these apple cheddar turkey burgers. And I’m not just saying that.

These burgers are savory, slightly sweet, cheesy, and incredibly moist — no dried out patties here! 

Plus, they’re a slam dunk for almost any guest (well, other than vegetarians and vegans): kid friendly? Check! Healthy? Check! Gluten-free? Check! 

Okay, enough bragging, let’s talk about why these burgers will have you re-thinking what a turkey burger can be. 

How to make flavorful, moist turkey burgers 

Pile of apple cheddar turkey patties

There are a few tips and tricks that make these burgers your tastebuds’ new obsession: 

  1. Adding cheese to the patty mixture. Sorry to any of you who love seeing a melted cheese slice on your burger. But trust me when I say that putting the cheese inside the burger is essential.

    Since turkey doesn’t have as much fat, adding the cheese inside, provides extra fat to the mixture, helping to keep everything moist and juicy. Plus it adds an awesome flavor to the cooked patty.  
  2. Shredded apples. Sure, apples add a nice fall-touch (and some nutrition), but they also help keep these patties from drying out. The easiest way to shred is using a food processor, but you can also finely chop them by hand. 
  3. Don’t over-mix. When mixing everything together, make sure to mix lightly as you don’t want to overwork the proteins in the turkey. Overworked proteins = tough cooked burger. No one wants that. 
  4. Resting uncooked patties in the fridge. Besides giving the flavors more time to meld together, resting helps the patties keep their shape during cooking. 
  5. Browning and then baking. One of the main causes of a dried out burger is flipping it over and over again. To get a crispy skin without worrying about either under or overcooking the center, I use a combination of searing on the stove and finishing the cook in the oven.
  6. Using a meat thermometer. Turkey burgers can use all the moisture they can get. So rather than cutting into them to see if they’re cooked, invest in a meat thermometer. You want the burgers to be 160oF when you take them out as they will continue to cook while they rest.
  7. Letting the burger rest before eating. Resting is an essential step for any meat or poultry. When you’re cooking, most of the juices in your meat or burger are focused in the center.

    As a result, if you cut into your burger right away, the edges will be slightly dry and all the juice will run out from the middle. However, resting allows for the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making every bite nice and juicy. 

What You’ll Need to Make these Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers

Ingredients for apple cheddar turkey burger
  • Egg
  • Sweet paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shallot 
  • Apple
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Ground turkey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Pure maple syrup 
  • Buns and toppings of choice 

Step-By-Step Instructions 

Step 1: Prep and Measure Ingredients

Shredding apple in a food processor

Chop shallot and shred cheddar cheese (if not pre-shredded). For the apple, either shred using a food processor or chop finely by hand. 

Measure out remaining ingredients. 

Step 2: Mix Everything Together 

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together egg, cheese, shallot, apple, salt, paprika, and pepper. Add ground turkey and mix with your hands until just combined, being careful not to overmix. 

Step 3: Form Patties and Fridge for 1 Hour

Placing formed, uncooked apple cheddar turkey burger patties in a glass container

Form into 8 patties and place in a large food storage container, using parchment paper between 

Step 4: Cook Burgers 

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375oF. 

Place ½ tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or cast iron skillet and heat over medium-high. Once oil is hot, add 4 patties to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, or until bottoms are browned. 

Flip burgers. If cooking in a cast iron, place the whole skillet in the oven. If your skillet isn’t oven-friendly, then transfer burgers to a baking sheet, browned-side up. Cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until burgers reach an internal temperature of 160oF. 

Remove cooked burgers from oven and transfer to a cutting board or plate and rest for 5 minutes. Repeat steps with remaining 4 uncooked patties. 

You can also grill burgers over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes per side. 

Step 5: Make Mustard and Serve

To make mustard, simply stir together maple syrup and dijon mustard. Set aside. 

Serve cooked burgers with buns (or lettuce wraps), maple dijon mustard, and toppings of choice. 

For a balanced meal, serve with a side salad or roasted vegetables.

Holding half a Apple cheddar turkey burger on a brichoe bun topped with maple dijon dressing and lettuce

What to serve with these healthier apple cheddar turkey burgers

While I fully admit to eating these burgers on their own, for a more balanced meal here are some recipes to serve alongside them:

If you give these apple cheddar turkey burgers a try, let me know what you think by rating them on Pinterest or tagging @TheHealthyToast_RD on Instagram!

Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers with Maple Dijon Mustard

Thanks to shredded apples and cheddar cheese, these turkey burgers are incredibly moist and packed with flavor.
Prep Time1 hr 3 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cheddar Turkey Burger, Healthy Turkey Burger
Servings: 5
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

For the turkey patties:

  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese or mozzarella for a lower-fat option
  • 1 small shallot diced
  • 1 Pink Lady apple shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or canola oil

For the maple dijon mustard:

  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

For the burgers:

  • 8 hamburger buns
  • Toppings of choice such as lettuce, tomato, or caramelized onion
  • Instructions

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together egg, cheese, shallot, apple, salt, paprika, and pepper. Add ground turkey and mix with your hands until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  • Form into 8 patties and place in a large food storage container, using parchment paper between layers. Place in fridge and let sit for at least 1 hour.
  • When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375oF.
  • Place ½ tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or cast iron skillet and heat over medium-high. Once oil is hot, add 4 patties to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, or until bottoms are browned.
  • Flip burgers. If cooking in a cast iron, place the whole skillet in the oven. If your skillet isn’t oven-friendly, then transfer burgers to a baking sheet, browned-side up. Cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until burgers reach an internal temperature of 160oF.
  • Remove cooked burgers from oven and transfer to a cutting board or plate and rest for 5 minutes. Repeat steps with remaining 4 uncooked patties.
  • To make mustard, simply stir together maple syrup and dijon mustard. Set aside.
  • Serve cooked burgers with buns (or lettuce wraps), maple dijon mustard, and toppings of choice.

Notes

Nutrition for 1 patty (without bun or toppings): 222 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated), 4 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 25 g protein
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