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Playing Maple Turkey Burgers with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Onions


  • 8 slices smoky bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, dark and white meat combined, 80-85% lean
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup or 1 tablespoon maple sugar
  • About 3 tablespoons onion, grated over the mixing bowl you place meat in
  • 2 tablespoons grainy or brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, Honeycrisp or Gala, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • A few grates nutmeg
  • 1 package sliced blue cheese, such as Castello brand sliced Danish blue cheese
  • Pretzel rolls, split and prepared according to package directions


Serves: 4


Bake bacon on a slotted broiling pan in a 375°F oven to crisp.
Place meat in bowl and combine with maple syrup or sugar, onion, mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties. 
Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add butter and onions, and cook to light caramel in color, about 15 minutes. Add apples and season with salt, pepper and thyme. Cook 3-4 minutes more until apples are tender-crisp.  
Meanwhile, preheat a large, cast-iron skillet for the burgers. Cook burgers in 1 tablespoon of oil, a turn of the pan, for about 12 minutes turning once. Top patties with blue cheese and cover with foil or a burger lid to melt the cheese. Top burgers with 2 slices of bacon, some apples and onions, set bun tops in place and serve.