Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple-Dijon Sauce

by Erin

If you think burgers made with poultry are bland, think again. These Apple Maple Turkey Burgers are perfectly seasoned and topped with a Maple-Dijon sauce.

Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple-Dijon Sauce.

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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, maple syrup in a burger? And topped with a dijonnaise? 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 doubles as a delicious dipping sauce for sweet potato fries, with which I highly recommend serving these burgers.

Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple-Dijonnaise and Sweet Potato Fries.

Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple-Dijon Sauce.


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 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 (or grill pan) for direct cooking over medium heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking.
  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 5-6 minutes per side or until an internal thermometer reads 165F. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve on buns with condiments and a dollop of Maple-Dijon sauce.
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Source: Sandra Lee from Food Network.

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Post updated 12/21/2022, photo above is the original.

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briarrose March 23, 2011 - 2:44 pm

I love the mix of flavors in this dish….I’m going to have to try this out.

Kenni March 22, 2011 - 10:41 am

These sound and look so good! I love turkey burgers! I might have these for lunch tomorrow.

spiffycookie March 22, 2011 - 10:51 am

Tomorrow morning I will be posting the sweet potato fries to go with!

Erin A March 22, 2011 - 10:22 am

Oh boy that looks good! I made some awesome turkey burger sliders recently…one of them is posted on my blog (Cheese Stuffed Turkey sliders with bacon), the other I have yet to post.

These sound soooo amazing Erin! Is 10:30 too early for lunch? :)

spiffycookie March 22, 2011 - 10:33 am

Never! I eat lunch around 11a every day.


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