Thursday, October 29

A DeliciousTurkey Burger Recipe with Apples, Gruyere, and Sage Mayo That Changed My Life

turkey burger with apples, Gruyere, and sage mayo

Do you regularly cook foods for people in your family that you yourself don't eat? I do. Turkey burgers.

I just don't get it. Jeff was raised on good old fashioned beef patties. Yet, given the choice today, he invariably chooses turkey over beef. I, in contrast, am a 100% grass-fed beef kind of gal. I prefer beef's tender texture and rich flavor. With the right beef, a burger is delicious even without condiments. (Not that I'm suggesting you do that.)

So when we have burgers, I usually make Jeff a turkey burger and me a hamburger. The last turkey burger I made for him, I topped with sauteed apples, Gruyere cheese, and sage mayo.

After the first bite, he said, "Oh, God, this is good."

I nodded, smiled, and took a big bite out of my hamburger. He took another bite. "Sue, seriously, you've gotta taste this turkey burger. It's awesome."

"But, I don't like turk--"

"Just one bite. Come on."

I took a small bite. It was a revelation! I liked it. I took a larger bite. I loved it! The warm, tart apples, sweet, salty Gruyere, and creamy sage mayo made this turkey burger seem, well, not like a turkey burger. I took a bigger bite.

"Um, how much of my turkey burger are you gonna eat, hon?" Jeff asked me.

I slid the plate with my hamburger towards him, smiled, and took another bite of his turkey burger.

turkey burger with apples, Gruyere, and sage mayo

Delicious Turkey Burger with Apples, Gruyere, and Sage Mayo
Makes 2 burgers.
Print recipe only here.

I highly recommend washing down these turkey burgers with a cold, strong beer, such as Guinness or a good Ocktoberfest.

Sage Mayo:
2 tablespoons mayo
2 teaspoons stone ground or spicy mustard
3-4 small sage leaves, minced

10-12 ounces lean ground turkey
a generous amount of salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 small tart apple, thinly sliced, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
2 ciabatta rolls, or other rolls of your choice

1. In a small bowl, stir all ingredients for sage mayo; set aside.

2. Place turkey in a bowl. Season with several shakes of salt and black pepper. Mix in Dijon. Form two equal sized burgers. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add burgers. Cook 3-4 minutes per side, until browned on the outside and cooked all the way through.

3. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, warm remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add onions. Saute 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add apples. Saute 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender. Season with salt and black pepper. Remove from heat.

4. Once burgers are almost done, top each with 1 ounce of cheese. To assemble burgers, spread half the sage mayo on the inside of a roll. Place burger on the bottom half of the roll, and top with half the onion-apple mixture. Close the sandwich. Repeat. Serve hot.

Here are more sandwich and burger recipes from Food Blogga you might enjoy:
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Italian Chicken Cutlet Sandwich with Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) and Provolone
Grilled Lamb Sandwich
The Southwest Hamburger

Now that I like them, here are more delicious turkey burger recipes I'd like to try:
Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers recipe at Cara's Cravings
Gena's Turkey Burgers recipe at Slashfood
Spicy Turkey Burger recipe at Blue Kitchen
Crunchy Taco Turkey Burger recipe at Hugging the Coast
Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers with Yogurt Sauce recipe at Kalyn's Kitchen
Turkey Burger Stuffed with Crispy Bacon and Caraway Havarti recipe at What We're Eating


Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

mmmmm, this has now been added to my weekend agenda. i love turkey burgers. glad you found one you like!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, that sounds marvelous! An awesome combo!



We Are Not Martha said...

It took me .5 seconds to bookmark this. It sounds amazing. And then I saw the photo and KNEW I had to make it!!


Art and Appetite said...

Chacka chacka shumishicka! If you are wondering what that was--that is the sound I make when I am stunned. This is to die for. They look so good!


Finla said...

I only seems to cook turkey once a year, should try to make this burger as it is so lean and still delicous.

Kalyn Denny said...

You had me at Sage Mayo! Love the sound of this.

NĂºria said...

I love it when there's dialogs in your posts!
We never eat burguers at home but your pictures are shouting BITE ME!!!
Maybe we should adopt more American traditions :D

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I have my feet firmly planted in both camps and can swing from chicken, turkey, lamb or beef burgers at will.The apples and sage are what transform this to sensational!!!!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

In my local markets, I'm seeing 93% fat-free and 99% fat free ground turkey. Would you use the 93%, so there would be a tiny bit of moisture in the turkey meat? That's the one I use for burgers; I use the 99% fat free in soups.

grace said...

well, welcome to the world of turkey-burger-loving! it’s a blissful place. :)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Turkey burgers have always seemed to be missing something - oh yeah, the BEEFINESS! But this sounds wonderful, I love the idea of the apples and gruyere. Making this, most definitely!

kate said...

We're all about turkey burgers in the kitchen here. Although my meat-loving child would likely scorn the combination that won you over, I know I would love it and next time we make burgers, I'm all over that.

Kara said...

Turkey burgers must be on the brain - we just had a concocted version the other night and were reminded about how much we love them. But THIS recipe? Wow - can't wait to try this one. YUM

Cookie baker Lynn said...

We're all about turkey burgers, so this recipe is a must make for me. Thanks for sharing it!

The Teacher Cooks said...

I have never found one that I like. This could be it. Thanks for stopping by today.

Jessie said...

Oh god, I HAVE to make this! Gruyere is my FAVORITE cheese right now. I've eaten a full dinner and this is already making me hungry again. Mmmm, well done. Well done.

Unknown said...

omg, that sounds delish! and with the ciabatat? WOW! I'll eat a turkey burger but I'd prefer a nice juicy beef burger any time. I'll have to try this one :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

I second that! You had me at sage mayo.I love turkey burgers, but you really have to season them up, or just serve with great condiments like yours!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I think this photo/recipe may change my life! I like a good turkey burger, but the combo of apples, gruyere and sage mayo really sounds "life altering!"

Mardi Michels said...

I do like turkey burgers to start with and I love this "gourmet" version!

nora@ffr said...

smellls gooood!! absolutely mouth watering!! great combo!
cheers and have a great week end!!

Homecooked said...

The burger looks delicious!

Suzana said...

Oh Susan, I cook so many things that I don't eat! But I have to tell you that I'd easily accept one of those burgers. Sounds like a truly yummy combo!

Wendy said...

Ooooh, want this now...

Deborah Dowd said...

This sounds amazing! I think it is enough to convert any red-meat-eater!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

brie-I'm happy to hear it!

rosa-Many thanks!

sues-Wow! You made my day!

rylan-Hah! ;)

happycook-I hope you try it!

kalyn-I'd have me at sage mayo too. ;)

nuria-That's the first time "bite me" has had such positive connotations!

val-Oh, thank you so much!

lydia-I think it was 93%. Though I have made them with 99% too.

grace-According to these comments, it is a place of bliss!

tasteyeatsathome-BEEFINESS. Exactly! ;)

kate-Yeah, maybe you should make it on a night when he's sleeping over a friend's house.

kara-I appreciate that!

lynn-I'm happy to hear it!

theteachercooks-This may be the one. And, you're so welcome!

jessie-It is a lovely cheese, isn't it?

danielle-Yeah, I love the firm texture of ciabatta.

marie-You are right about the seasonings.

TW-Yay! I'm thrilled to hear it.


nora-Oh, thank you so much!

homecooked-Thank you!

suzana-Then treat yourself to some of your faves this week!

wendy-Come on over! ;)

deborah-I hope so!

Christine said...

Sage mayo! That's what caught my eye. It sounds fabulous! I could do this without the bun and be quite a happy camper provided I slather on the sage mayo. Thanks Susan!

The Leftoverist said...

I've been doing thinly sliced apples on just about everything these days. This sandwich would be very hard to say no to!

lisaiscooking said...

Turkey burgers are my favorite, and this sounds amazing. My sage survived the summer heat, so I have plenty for the mayo.

Cara said...

Oh I love turkey burgers! I hope your newfound like helps you find more that you enjoy ;)

Lisa Johnson said...

I love turkey burgers! I'll have to try your flavor combination here. I'm going through an apple kick and I have some sage that I can mix with some mayo. Great idea!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

christine-I am addicted to that sage mayo!

theleftoverist-Who can help it, right?


cara-Me too! Thanks.

anali-It seems lots of us are on an apple kick!

Erica said...

I recently began reading this blog and just wanted to say I made this last night for myself and my extremely picky, never tries new things, boyfriend. And it was a hit! I made the mayo from scratch - super easy and since we don't eat mayo regularly, just enough for the burgers and a bit left over. And the market I get my ciabatta rolls from was closed so instead I used a hearty whole grain english muffin. Easy and quick burger packed with a ton of flavor. Well done!

miarosa said...

mmmm this is something i have to try!!
Lovely blog!!

mskristinkay said...

My boyfriend who is so picky, only likes really spicy food and "doesn't like turkey burgers" said this may have been the tastiest thing I've ever made. I was waiting for him to complain about the dinner and he loved it! The rolls we bought were a little too tough, so that seems to be the only pitfall. This will certainly get added to the dinner rotation. Also I use pink lady apples (IMO the best apple ever) and added a bit of extra mustard, sage and a dash of cider vinegar to the mayo, and a little garlic and extra mustard to the turkey since we like our flavors pretty bold. AAAAAA-mazing.