Occasionally, I get a really great idea. Like the time I decided to start making green ice cubes to throw in smoothies. Or tried making dessert wontons stuffed with cookie dough. Well, these juicy, JUICY turkey burgers were another great idea. Why are they so juicy, you ask?? Grated apple! I know. It sounds a little odd at first, but apples and poultry are a perfect compliment to each other. And I often grate some onion into ground beef to make juicier burgers, so I thought, why not try something similar for ground turkey. Like I said, GREAT idea
I was using 99% lean turkey meat (not because we eat super healthy – it’s just what I had on hand) and I added 2-3 tablespoon of natural grapeseed oil (or you can use olive oil) while sautéing the onions. The grapeseed oil is a healthy fat rich in Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acid (Linoleic acid) and also helped keep my turkey burgers from drying out and added tons of good flavor. Seriously – I don’t know if I mentioned it, but these are some delicious and juicy burgers!
To make the Juiciest Turkey Burgers you will need:
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1/2 an apple, grated (I like granny smith)
1 onion, finely minced
2-3 tablespoons natural grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley or 1 teaspoon fresh, chopped
Here’s what you do:
Start by sautéing the chopped onion in 2-3 tablespoons of oil.
Let the onions to cool slightly. Finely grate half of a large apple. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, grated apple, sautéed onions and the oil, salt, and parsley. Using a spatula or your hands, work all the apple and onion into the meat – but be careful not to overwork the mixture. Shape the turkey mixture into 4-6 burger patties. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling. This helps the turkey burgers keep their shape a little better.
You can prepare these using an indoor grill pan or outdoor gas/charcoal grill. Make sure your grill is hot – I’d say about medium to medium high heat. Turkey burgers need to cook a little longer than beef burgers – usually about 5 minutes per side.
My topping of choice for these burgers is Colby jack cheese with a side of BBQ sauce. And, we usually skip the buns and add bacon instead – because we’re healthy like that ;
I hope you give this burger recipe a try – and if you do, let me know what you think!