Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple Dijon Sauce

Sandra Lee BurgerMy husband came home from work the other day with all the ingredients for these burgers!  We have made these so often that we know the recipe by heart.

While we are moving away from summer, burgers still work for a busy weeknight, and yet the “apple” gently moves us into fall!

This easy, delicious recipe, Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Dijon Sauce is courtesy of Sandra Lee, Food


For Maple-Dijon Sauce: (we always double the sauce)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons real maple syrup

For Burgers:

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast

1/4 cup real bacon bits (we use real bacon, torn into small pieces)

1/2 cup chunky applesauce

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (if I don’t have it, I don’t use it and they are still yummy)

2 tablespoons real maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking.

For Maple-Dijon Sauce: In a small bowl, stir to combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup; set aside.

For Turkey Burgers: In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients for burgers. Wet hands to prevent sticking and shape into 4 patties.

Place burgers on hot oiled grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until done.

Serve on buns with traditional burger condiments and a dollop of maple-Dijon sauce.

Personal Notes:  While I prefer grilling these, I have often broiled the burgers in the oven when I can’t use the outside grill, and they still cook up nicely.  I have used smooth applesauce, which doesn’t change the texture of the burgers very much. Finally, cooking bacon is so time consuming when I’m trying to make a fast dinner, I open a package of precooked bacon, tear into pieces and add to the turkey mixture.SONY DSC