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Sweet and Tangy Turkey Burgers


We had a bunch of family in town a couple weeks back and I was trying to think up something quick and easy to have for dinner. Instantly BBQ came to mind because you can just throw it all on the grill and sides are always easy. I’m not a hamburger fan so we went with sweet and tangy turkey burgers.

I loved the juiciness that the Mar A Lago turkey burgers had because of the fruit in it so I threw an apple into this one. The preserves give it a little tang and sweetness which even our 4 yr old loved. The burgers stay really moist and when you bite into them you get a little sweet and tang from the sauce, and I love the additional texture that the apples give the burger. Serve them up with your favorite side like the Strawberry Salad and you are good to go! These are definitely a new favorite!

Is Ground Turkey Healthier Than Beef?

 Ground turkey can be healthier than beef.

However, it really depends on the lean meat to fatty meat ratio that you find in the ground turkey or beef that you purchase.

 Light meat turkey will always be leaner than dark meat turkey.

Extra lean beef has about the same fat content as ground turkey.

Why Do Ground Meat Patties Fall Apart?

Ground meat that is not really cold will fall apart easily.

After you form your patties, put them in the refrigerator to cool completely.

Also, do not keep flipping them.

To keep patties from falling apart, cook halfway, flip and finish cooking.

Sweet and Tangy Turkey Burgers

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Sweet and Tangy Turkey Burgers

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4
The burgers stay really moist and when you bite into them you get a little sweet and tang from the sauce, and I love the additional texture that the apples give the burger.



  • 1 Lb Turkey Ground
  • 1/4 Cup Preserves Apricot and Pineapple
  • 1 Apple Granny Smith, Peeled and Chopped small
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • Plus more Salt and Pepper to season them


  • 1/2 Cup Preserves Apricot and Pineapple
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ginger Ground
  • 3 drops Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce


  • Drizzle a little olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Saute the apples until soft. Let cool.
  • Mix the ground turkey, preserves, apples and S&P.
  • Form into patties and refrigerate for 1 hour. This helps them hold together.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat mix together the sauce.
  • Set aside.
  • Heat the grill and sprinkle salt and pepper over each patty.
  • Grill for 6-8 min on each side or until done. Make sure you only turn them once and don't press on the burger in order to keep them juicy.
  • Remove the burgers and place a little sauce on each side of your bun, top with patty and lettuce.
  • Delicious!


refrigerate left overs
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Tangy Turkey Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 319 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 508mg22%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Me and my mum made this for dinner last night and it was really yummy and sweet! Nice to have turkey mince for a change instead of beef mince. I used a Braeburn Apple, as I didn’t have a Granny Smith one but it still turned out really nice!

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    • So glad you enjoyed this Estelle! I bet a Braeburn tasted great!

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  • Very good, juicy and messy. The preserves, is that 1/4 cup (burgers) & 1/2 cup (sauce) of each or combined? The sauce makes a ton of sauce if you do 1/2 cup each. I wasn’t sure on both burger and sauce.

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    • Hi Barb, the preserves are actually called apricot and pineapple so it’s a combined jam. Or you could combine your own if you need to and then only use 1/4 cup for the burgers and 1/2 cup for the sauce. 🙂

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  • and I thought I couldnt be any more hungry, wrong!

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