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.



Tart Apple Turkey Burger

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.

  • 4 burgers
  • 35 minutes
  • Moderate


  • 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.