Cranberry Turkey Burgers Recipe
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Cranberry Turkey Burgers Recipe

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These turkey burgers are so good that you might give up traditional beef hamburgers altogether. The thick grilled patties are topped with prepared cranberry sauce and served on toasted English muffins for a nice change of pace.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 small tart apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 541 calories, 30 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 772 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 10 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  3. Spread mayonnaise over muffin halves. Place the lettuce, turkey burgers and cranberry sauce on muffin bottoms; replace tops. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Turkey Burgers in Quick Cooking September/October 2003, p32

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"we love this recipe! The turkey stays moist and the combination of flavors are excellent ! I am making them for a party this afternoon and I know everyone will enjoy them as much as my family does!"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"An awesome burger and we don't even care for turkey burgers. SURPRISE, it was a hit."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2008

"I can't believe how delicious these things are and how great my apartment smells since cooking them. I only had a pound of turkey, so I substituted turkey sausage for the other quarter-pound which worked very well. In place of the whole-berry cranberry sauce, I used some cranberry mustard on that side of the english muffin, but I'm sure the sauce tastes just as good. I cooked them on my George Foreman grill instead of an outdoor grill and again, that worked fine. I highly recommend these. They're like Thanksgiving on an english muffin."

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