Fruit + meat = a highly underrated combination in my opinion. The only fruit most people ever put with meat is tomato... and those people are missing out. Pineapples added to BBQ chicken= freaking great. Any citrus added to chicken in general is fantastic. Apples and turkey burgers= delicious!
I found this pin and wasn't totally sure what to expect, but it seemed like the perfect thing to make on Memorial Day... especially considering I had just picked up a pack of Redd's apple ale [which is new and also delicious. It's not a cider, it's an apple flavored beer, so dudes can like it too!].
The recipe is from Panera, so I definitely tweaked it a little bit.... but these are easy to make and so juicy-good. [Even for a beginner on the grill!]
NEED [for 4 big ol' burgers]:
- 1.5 pounds of ground turkey
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 2.5 tbs apple butter
- 2 tbs ketchup
- half of a small, sweet onion, grated or minced
- 1 tbs fresh parsley, or 1-2 tsp dried
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- lettuce, mayo, and buns for toppings
- Combine everything in a large mixing bowl and mix/mash it up with your hands.
- Mold into burgers. I used wax paper to help me out.
- Coat burgers and grill with cooking oil/spray.
- Grill them for about 9 minutes at 425 degrees, and flip 5 minutes through.
- Toast some buns, throw a little mayo on them and lettuce, and grab a napkin for the juice that will probably come out!
I really wanted some Hawaiian buns to go with them, but I couldn't find any that day. It didn't really matter, though. These are so tasteful, but not overwhelming! You can taste the apple butter but it doesn't taste like an apple burger. Yum.
I do think there is a better sauce to accompany them, though.. I just can't figure out what it is. Each bite I kept trying to figure out what it was I wanted to replace the mayo with, and just couldn't. If you think of something, let me know!
And yes, the Redd's was great with it... obviously.