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Savory Mini Apple Turkey Burgers

Enjoy these Savory Mini Apple Turkey Burgers for lunch or dinner. They are easy to make and have a lot of flavor. 

Take your time caramelizing the onions in this recipe. It IS key. Make sure they are nice and golden brown. The onions add a bit of sweetness to these turkey burgers. 

The apples are not necessary but they add a nice flavor to the burgers. I used a vegetable peeler to create thin slices of apple, but you could also use a cheese grater. 

I purposely made these burgers smaller since your stomach is smaller after bariatric surgery. Each patty is 1.5 oz but if you can handle larger portions of meat then feel free to make these turkey burgers larger. 

These can easily be eaten as a snack too. If you are just having them as a snack then I would suggest just having one. 

If you are meal prepping them ahead of time then pack the lettuce in a baggie on the side. These also freeze well.

Apply Turkey Burgers Meal Prep

Bariatric Diet Modifications

Pureed:

  • Omit apple and toppings. After you prepare burger then puree in blender with chicken bro

Soft

  • Omit apple and lettuce. Cooked onions will likely be tolerated but please check your surgeon’s guidelines.

Regular:

  • Serve as is and consider adding baked sweet potato fries on the side.
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Savory Apple Turkey Burger

  • This savory apple turkey burger is an easy, satisfying snack or meal to eat in a pinch.
  • Author: Kristin Willard, RDN
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4, 1.5 oz patties 1x
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Ingredients

For caramelized onion:

  • 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and thinly sliced

For burgers:

  • 1/2 apple (divided)
  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey meat
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Dash black pepper

For toppings:

  • 1 oz Brie (optional)
  • 4 lettuce leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Heat olive oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Once heated, add onion and saute for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and sweet.
  3. While onion is cooking, shred apple with a peeler or cheese grater so you have fine, thin slices of apple.
  4. Mix together burger ingredients: turkey meat, djon, sage, thyme, salt, pepper and 1/2 of the apple. Save the rest of the apple for toppings. Form meat into patties (about 4, 1.5 oz each)
  5. Grill burgers on the grill for about 5-8 minutes each side or until internal temperature is 165 F. Remove burgers from grill.
  6. Place burgers on top of lettuce. Then top burgers with remaining apple, onions and Brie. Wrap lettuce around burger like a bun. Yum.

Notes

Pureed:

  • Omit toppings and apple. After burger is cooked, puree in blender with chicken broth until desired texture reached.

Soft

  • Omit apple and lettuce. Cooked onions will likely be tolerated but please check your surgeon’s guidelines.

Regular:

  • Serve as is and consider adding baked sweet potato fries on the side.

Keywords: Savory turkey burger

Kristin Willard, RDN

I am Bariatric Dietitian that teaches you how to eat before and after weight loss surgery to help you feel and look your best.

  • […] Your food items do not always need to be separate. You can layer your food for extra flavor such as sweet potatoes topped with roasted kale and salmon. An example of this is my Mini Savory Apple Turkey Burgers. […]

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