Apple-Turkey Burgers with Cranberry-Apple Salsa


NYAA Nutrition Spokesperson Linda Quinn, MS, RDN, prepared this recipe at the 2015 Great New York State Fair. This recipe is used here with permission of U.S. Apple Association,

  • Serving Size
    1 Burger
  • Yields
    4 Servings
  • Prep Time
    20 mins
  • Cook Time
    15 mins
  • Total Time
    35 mins

Nutrition Facts

  • KCal: 400kal
  • Carbs: 51g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Protein: 24g
  • Sodium: 610mg


  • 2 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 2 tablespoon(s) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon(s) fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 sweet apples, peeled, cored and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup(s) whole cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup(s) scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 part(s) jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 pound(s) ground turkey
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
  • cooking spray
  • 4 part(s) 2-ounce whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted


  1. To prepare salsa, combine sugar, cider vinegar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add half of the chopped apples stirring well; cover and reduce heat. Cook gently until apples are soft and mash with a potato masher until almost smooth. Add cranberry sauce to apple mixture and let cool slightly. Add the remaining apples, scallions, jalapenos, and cilantro if desired. Serve with Apple-Turkey Burgers. Refrigerate any remaining salsa for up to 3 days.
  2. To prepare burgers, combine turkey, apple, salt, pepper, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a patty. Lightly coat a large skillet or grill pan with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Cook turkey burgers 6 to 8 minutes per side or until done. Serve on toasted buns with Cranberry-Apple Salsa.