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Turkey Burger with Apple

Turkey Burger with Apple is not your average dry turkey burger it is juicy and full of tons of flavor! The grated apple and onion add just the right amount of moisture.

Turkey Burger with Apple really turned a corner for me with my quest to find a great turkey burger recipe. I am usually not a fan of turkey burgers but this recipe has challenged me to find more ways to flavor up turkey. 

This is a MUST try burger especially if you usually don’t like turkey burgers. I first found this recipe in my Taste of Home Light and Tasty 2002 Annual Recipes Cookbook. I reduce the amount of sage that is in the original recipe.

Cost Per Serving $3.66 as of May 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $21.95.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $12.34.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $2.06.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Grill It!

Recipe serves: 6

Serving size: 1 burger

Equipment needed: grill, kitchen scale, zester and hand grater

Total time: 30 minutes


We first got a kitchen scale about 15 years ago and honestly I thought we would rarely use it. The truth is, I use it almost everyday for weighing correct measurements from meat to pasta. 

I prefer this zester because it eliminates a garlic press for me. I use the zester for garlic, ginger, nutmeg, lemon, etc. 

I’m not a fan of box graters because I don’t use the other 3 sides and water gets into the small grates and they eventually rust.

I can honestly say I don’t think I could grill efficiently without an instant read thermometer. It has stopped me from overcooking my meat every time I grill. 

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. There is a savings of about $9.61 if you have a stocked pantry. 

Pantry & Spices

Total: $9.61 as of May 2022

  • rubbed sage $3.97
  • dried thyme $1.94
  • ground allspice $1.94
  • cayenne pepper $1.76


Total: $12.34 as of May 2022

  • 1 - garlic bulb $0.50
  • 1 - onion $0.62
  • 1 - apple $0.60
  • 1 - bunch fresh parsley $0.99
  • 1 large tomato $0.91
  • 1 head of lettuce $1.38
  • 1 pound ground turkey $3.58
  • 1 bag brown rice 16 oz $0.78
  • 1 bag hamburger buns $2.98

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Start your grill
  3. Grease the grill rack before grilling be careful of the flames.
  4. Grill burgers with the lid on for 5-8 minutes per side depending on your heat.
  5. Burgers will be done when the internal temperature is 165° F.
  6. I like to top my burger with mayo, lettuce and tomato. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $45 – Menu 5

Side Options

Cauliflower and Broccoli Rice

Pea Shell Pasta

Side Salad

Grilled Vegetables

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