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Sweet and Sharp Turkey Burgers

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

These  burgers are so moist and filled with flavor. The yummy mix of a Sweet ‘Savory’ Jam like Fig Butter or Cranberry Sauce etc. and sharp flavored cheese ( goats or sharp cheddar) is  SO GOOD! By putting those flavors IN the meat mixture also you have a flavor explosion with every bite!

I first made these on a trip to New York City, for 5 amazing young women who are working in the Fashion Industry. Our dinner together was a beautiful time of connecting and sharing highlights of what the Lord did in our days. I was so encouraged as I sat with these brave women!

Here they are gathered around their table in their lower East Side apartment.


  • 1 pkg ground turkey ( I like to get ground thigh meat, it's not so dry)

  • 1/2 cup grated green apple or pear ( like you grate cheese etc)

  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion

  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme (use the leaves only. you do this by rubbing a handful of the thyme 'stalks' together in your hands. the leaves fall off into the bowl. There's a picture of this in the 'how to' section. )

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1 free range egg

  • 1/2 cup rolled gluten free oats ( these can be omitted if you cannot each grains. the oats do rep these burgers moister though, so use them if your diet permits it)

  • 2 Tbsp Fig Butter, Cranberry Sauce or other savory jam etc.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil for cooking

  • For the Top:

  • Thin slices of fresh pears or apples

  • Fig Butter or whatever savory jam you are using

  • Goats cheese or Sharp Cheddar, according to your preference.

  • Rocket or other leaves .

  • Hamburger Buns of your choosing. I like the Udi's brand of Gluten Free Buns but usually prefer these burgers without a bun. They are so filled with flavor!


  1. Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl.

  2. Get a large skillet or griddle on the stove and heat it for about 3 mins on medium heat. This will get the pan to anise regular heat, without it being so hot it burns your burgers on the outside ( leaving them raw on the inside.. yuck)

  3. Back to your bowl: using your hands, mix all those ingredients together. Then shape them into 6 burger patty shapes.

  4. Run a couple Tablespoons of Olive Oil around the skillet.

  5. Now place the burger pattys directly into the skillet and cook on the first side for about 8 minutes. You will see the sides cook ( they turn a light tan color) and the bottoms are very golden brown if you lift them up and take a peek. The tops of the burgers are still pink and uncooked at this point.

  6. After 8 mins of cooks, flip the burgers over and cook for a remaining 4-6 minutes. I always freak out and over cook these burgers... but 12 mins of total cooking time is rally enough. As long as they are golden grown on the outside and not red in the middle, they are good. There's a good pic of this in the 'how to' section.

  7. Remove each from the pan and place directly on a toasted bun. Top with all those yummy toppings and serve!


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