Maybe it’s just me, but when I think of burgers, I think of summer time and BBQing. It’s not like I only eat burgers in the summer but that’s usually were my mind goes.
Luckily though there are no outdoor temperature requirement for burgers. And if you live in Canada, I’m sure a foot of snow hasn’t stopped you or your husband from grilling dinner!
While burgers are super awesome on the BBQ, I do find these little turkey burgers to be a tad challenging. They tend to stick or dry out really quickly. If you have one of those mats, I would highly recommend it but otherwise, these burgers are great in a skillet.
So even if cooking outside in -15C is not your thing, you can still enjoy a burger.
Like I mentioned though, turkey burgers can dry up really quickly but if you put the right ingredients in you can avoid it.
I have made a variety of turkey burgers and onions and spinach are usually always in because I find they help to keep things moist. Cheese like feta can also be super tasty and also helpful, but for this one I decided to go cheese-less. I know crazy right?!
Did I lose you? Hopefully not because I promise these are still soooo tasty. I decided to add some shredded apples to add some juice and sweet flavor and boy did it ever work.
As for the cooking process, just make sure your pan is nice and hot to sear them then resist the urge to move them until they are nice and brown. Reducing the heat and cooking them slow also help at keeping the moisture in. And finally, you guys all know I swear by a meat thermometer. It’s honestly the best to make sure the meat is not overcooked!
Another helpful tip: I like to make my patties early and stash them in the fridge for 30-60 minutes. They seem to hold up better once on the pan!
As for dressing the burger, the sprouted grain bun was a no-brainer, and I kept the topping super simple with caramelized onions and spinach. Sometimes, you just need to let the patty shine!
I know most people would do burgers and fries but I honestly prefer the chips! They don’t seem to be as filling but still give you that potato fix.
So I decided try my hand at some homemade chips for a side. They actually were super easy to make – although a mandolin would’ve made the process easier. They just require a little supervision so they don’t burn!
Fries or chips aside though, here is the recipe for the turkey burger!
Turkey apple burgers
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 apple shredded
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup packed spinach finely chopped
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 4 sprouted grain buns see notes
- 2 small onions sliced
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 cup spinach whole
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise olive oil or avocado based
- 4 potatoes optional
- 2 tbsp avocado oil optional
- In a big bowl, mix the turkey with the remainder of the patty ingredients. Form into 4 equal burgers. If you have time, I recommend make these in advance and setting in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to help them hold up together before cooking.
- In a large skillet, like cast iron, heat some avocado oil on high heat, Sear your burgers and reduce heat to medium heat. Without moving them, cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
- Flip your burger and cook for 5 minutes until cooked through or temperature as reached 165.
- While your burgers are cooking, melt some butter in a pan and throw in the onions. Cook until golden brown while stirring frequently.
- Spread light layer of mayo on the bun. layer some spinach then place your burger patty. Top with onions and close. Repeat for other 4 burgers.
- Slice all your potatoes very thin with a knife or mandolin.
- Soak in water for at least 30 minutes.
- Dry very well then coat with avocado oil and desired seasoning.
- Lay on a couple baking sheets lined with parchment paper in a single layer. You may need to do in batches or use multiple pans
- Bake in the oven at 425F for 45 minutes while checking frequently to remove the crispy chips as they are ready.
- Pat dry and serve.