Turkey Apple And Quinoa Burgers

I love a burger as much as the next person, but I do try to avoid a hormone laden mystery meat burger that it dripping with fat! 

This recipe takes the traditional burger up a notch by using low-fat turkey instead of beef and by increasing both nutrition, flavour and juiciness with added grated fresh apple, quinoa and spices.

Summer is a great time of year to get your happy on but ground turkey actually supplies the amino acid tryptophan to the body which coupled with vitamin B1 supplied in a wholegrain bun work towards producing seratonin in the body the helpful brain chemical that calms us down and helps to improve our sleep. What’s not to like?

Quinoa helps to keep the burger super moist and is a good source of complete plant based protein, containing all essential amino acids. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, for a healthy red blood cell count, magnesium, the relaxation mineral, calcium for strong bones and teeth and vitamin E for fabulous looking skin. Quinoa and the grated apple also provide fibre to maintain the health of your digestive tract.

My favourite part of this recipe is that without eating saturated fat, the quinoa, grated apple and grated onion make for a burger that is just so juicy! 

Turkey, Apple and Quinoa Burgers
Yields 6
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1lb ground turkey
  2. 1 apple grated
  3. 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  4. 1/2 grated onion
  5. 2 cloves garlic minced
  6. 1 tsp rubbed sage
  7. 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  8. 1/2 tsp cayenne
  9. 1/2 bunch fresh parsley finely chopped
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1/2 tsp pepper
  1. Wash quinoa in a fine sieve to remove saponins which may taste bitter.
  2. Cook 2 cups quinoa to yield 4 cups cooked. Quinoa should cook for about fifteen minutes until the tiny 'tails' appear from the grain. Reserve 1/2 cup for this recipe and keep in refrigerator to make quinoa salad.
  3. While quinoa cooks, grate apple and onion into a bowl.
  4. Add garlic, herbs and spices.
  5. Add turkey and cooked quinoa when ready.
  6. Work with the hands to distribute all the ingredients evenly.
  7. Form into 6 patties ready for cooking.
  8. Cook on a griddle or barbecue on a medium heat for 7 minutes on each side until patties are cooked through.
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Louise Innes

Author: Louise Innes

Louise Innes is a holistic nutritionist who resides in Calgary, Alberta. Her balanced take on nutrition brings a refreshing perspective to the world of food.

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