Cranberry-Apple Turkey Burgers With Aged Asiago Cheese

IngredientsCheese, Fruit, Game
Menu PartEntree
Cuisine TypeAmerican

Chef Sanford D'Amato

Culinary Instructor

Hatfield, Mass.

Burger-bored customers may appreciate a seasonal condiment on the same old patty. Chef Sanford D'Amato differentiates a turkey burger with a topping of sauteed apples and cranberries. Asiago cheese complements the fruity topping with another layer of flavor for a cheeseburger that will excite guests this fall.


1 cup fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained

6 tbsp. water, divided

3 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs

1 lb. ground turkey

2 scallions, thinly sliced, rinsed under warm water and drained

1 cup (about 3 ounces) aged Asiago cheese, grated 

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

4 tbsp. olive oil, divided
4 quality hamburger buns, split
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into 12 slices

4 slices aged Asiago cheese


  1. Place cranberries, 4 tablespoons water and sugar in small saucepan; cover. Bring to a simmer and cook until all cranberries pop. Do not overcook. Remove to a bowl and cool, partially covered, in the refrigerator.
  2. In large bowl, mix bread crumbs with remaining 2 tablespoons water. Add turkey, scallions, grated cheese, salt and pepper; mix well. Form mixture into four equal 1/2-inch-thick patties.
  3. Heat large saute pan over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. When hot, add burgers and saute 4 minutes per side or until thoroughly cooked.
  4. While burgers cook, cut burger buns and brush cut sides with olive oil. Lightly toast oiled sides of buns in separate pan.
  5. Toss sliced apples with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. When burgers are cooked, remove from pan; pour out any excess oil. Return pan to heat and add apples. Saute apples 3-5 minutes or until light golden in color and cooked through.
  6. Place burgers on bun bottoms; top each with cheese slice and two apple slices. Spoon cranberry sauce over top with slotted spoon and place bun tops over cranberries.

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