It's a Keeper: Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers

I'm pretty sure the recipe for Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers is the perfect recipe to bridge that time period when Summer ends and Fall beings. A nice burger with some green apples and a bit of cranberry mustard. Seriously.

I found this one in Every Day with Rachael Ray - a great source for Rach's more adventurous burger recipes. She's really thinking outside the box with this one, but it works and it's easy to make, too. No super weird ingredients (I'm talking to you burger with pate on it) and a simple preparation. Give it a try as a way to say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall.

I served the burger with some fancy kettle chips and a green salad. Give this one a try. Here's the recipe with my comments in brackets:

By: Rachael Ray

4 Servings
Prep 20 min
Cook 10 min

2 pounds ground turkey breast (go for the leaner ground turkey breast instead of just ground turkey. I only recently realized there were two different products there....)
4 scallions, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (a generous handful)
1 tablespoon grill seasoning
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 apple, such as granny smith, cut into 12 slices
8 slices extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
4 sandwich-size english muffins, split and toasted [regular muffins are just fine if you can't find the sandwich sized muffins. I used regular-sized ones so I could use whole wheat.]
8 leaves red- or green-leaf lettuce [I skipped the lettuce, but that could just be me.]

1.In a bowl, combine the turkey, scallions, parsley, grill seasoning and poultry seasoning. Form into 4 patties, pressing your thumb into the center of each to prevent it from bulging.

2.In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 6 minutes on each side for medium. Top each with 3 apple slices and 2 cheese slices, tent the pan with foil and cook until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes.

3.In a small bowl, mix together the cranberry sauce and mustard; slather on the muffin tops. Pile 2 lettuce leaves on each muffin bottom, top with the patties and set the muffin tops into place.

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