Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Turkey Burgers with Apple "Buns"

Summertime barbeques are in full effect and for those of us on Paleo, it means a lot of sideways glances from people who see you eating your burger with a knife and fork. I paired two flavors that work extremely well together - turkey and apple - to make a Paleo-friendly burger you can eat with your hands.

  • 4 ground turkey patties
  • a few spoonfulls of coconut oil, melted
  • a few handfulls of organic baby spinach
  • a bit of red onion, sliced into rings
  • a few splashes of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 sweet apples (fuji, gala, etc)
  1. Brush both sides of the turkey patties with the melted coconut oil for some extra flavor. Cook your burgers to desired doneness using a grill pan on the stove or your barbeque.
  2. Prepare your apple "buns" by slicing apples vertically about 1/2" thick until you have at least 8 slices.
  3. Build your burger by stacking an apple slice, then turkey patty, then some spinach leaves, then a few rings of onion, use a splash of vinegar instead of the traditional ketchup and top it off with another slice of apple.
  4. Grab it with your hands, take a big bite, and enjoy!
NOTE: If you plan to prepare the apple slices ahead of time, they will get brown if they sit out more than a few minutes. Brush them with a little lemon juice (or other acidic-type juice) to stop that from happening.

If you use a grill pan, make sure it gets VERY HOT before putting your patties on.


  1. made this, loved it. great idea with the bun replacement!

  2. You could also use the half of a big portabello mushroom. Better yet the meatiness of the portabello if you have any vegans floating about they can use the mushroom as a fake-u-burger.

    1. Absolutely - we love portabellos! Great idea, Lisa.