Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple-Dijon Sauce

Usually turkey burgers let me down at restaurants –  they are dry and/or lacking flavor. Thankfully this recipe changed all that, and it is had been my absolute favorite turkey burger for a of couple years. I was a little skeptical at first but one bite was all I needed to be convinced that these ingredients belonged together. The flavors are amazing and it’s easy to make too!

I doubled the sauce recipe from the original because it also works as a dipping sauce for sweet potato fries (post to come).


1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp real maple syrup, divided

1-1/4 pounds ground turkey breast

1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon

1/2 cup chunky applesauce

1 tsp poultry seasoning

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Hamburger Buns

Condiments (lettuce, tomato, red onion)


  1. Set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking (I used a George Foreman Grill and therefore did not oil).
  2. For Maple-Dijon Sauce: In a small bowl, stir to combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and 1/4 cup maple syrup; set aside.
  3. For Turkey Burgers: In a medium bowl, mix together ground turkey, bacon, applesauce, poultry seasoning, 2 Tbsp maple syrup, and salt & pepper. Wet hands to prevent sticking and shape into 4 patties.
  4. Place burgers on hot grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until done. Serve on buns with condiments and a dollop of maple-Dijon sauce.

Serve with Sweet Potato Fries.

Source: Sandra Lee from Food Network

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