Tart Apple Turkey Burger

Sweet onions, tart apples and salty bacon provide the perfect flavor and texture for to spice up a basic turkey burger. Granny Smith apples are typically harvested in our orchards in November but Pink Lady apples work nicely in the recipe as well.



To achieve a nice browning on the burger, we suggest using a cast iron skillet.  Cast iron is such a accessible indoor method for achieving a beautiful burger.


  • 2 tbsp bacon renderings, divided
  • 1/4 cup 1/4” diced sweet onions
  • 3/4 cup peeled & 1/4” diced Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lb. pastured ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup cooked crumbled bacon
  • 1 pastured egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp powdered mustard
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper


  1. In a large cast iron skillet over medium-low heat, melt bacon renderings.
  2. Add onion and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  3. Add green apple and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally; until softened.
  4. Add garlic. Sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly; until garlic is fragrant.
  5. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, cooled apple mixture, cooked bacon, cayenne, paprika, parsley, egg yolk, coconut flour, mustard, sea salt & pepper.
  6. Using clean hands, mix to combine. But, avoid over-mixing, which can make meat tough.
  7. Divide meat into 4 equal portions and form each into a burger patty.
  8. In the same large cast-iron skillet used for the green apple mixture, add the additional tbsp of bacon renderings and warm to medium heat.
  9. Add burgers. Cook for 4 minutes.
  10. Turn, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve warm.