Thanks to shredded apples and cheddar cheese, these healthy apple cheddar turkey burgers are incredibly moist and packed with flavor.
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.
But this recipe has changed my mind.
These healthy cheddar turkey 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.
There are a few tips and tricks that make these burgers your tastebuds’ new obsession:
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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I’ve made these a few times now because they’re so delicious, especially for fall! The apple and cheese in the mix really give the burger great texture and prevent it from drying out. Love the maple mustard too.
The maple mustard is my favorite part too! Glad you liked them.