Turkey-Apple Burgers with Cheddar – Diabetes Friendly Recipes

February 18, 2022

Patty James

Tired of the same old burgers? Mix up these turkey burgers and love your burgers again. These lean turkey burgers are diabetes-friendly and have a flavor reminiscent of turkey-apple sausage. With cheddar melted on top, they are a real treat!

Mealtime: Dinner
Cuisine type: American
Author: Dr. Nicole Avena, PhD
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Active preparation time: 15 minutes
Number of servings: 4
Dish type: Main
Level: Easy


Nutrition per serving:

Calories: 451.43 kcal
Carbohydrates: 32.13 grams
Fat: 17.67 grams
Protein: 41.17 grams



  • 1 egg
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (93% or 99% lean)
  • tomato slices, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 cup minced yellow onion (1⁄2 medium)
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 cup finely diced Fuji apple (1 medium)
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • lettuce, optional




Step 1:

Put the turkey in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the apple, onion, sage, salt, garlic powder, pepper, nutmeg, and allspice over the top. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Divide and shape the mixture into 4 patties, about 1 inch thick.


Step 2:

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat for 1 minute, then add the burgers. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may be able to cook only 2 at a time. Cook the burgers for 5 minutes, then turn them over and cover the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes more, then top each burger with 1 tablespoon of the cheese. Cover the skillet again for 1 minute to melt the cheese.


Step 3:

Serve the burgers in the buns with lettuce and tomato, if desired.


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