Secret Recipe Club: Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

It's Secret Recipe Club time of the month!

It feels like it has been so long since I've participated in SRC. I had to miss out on all the fun for September because I was busy getting married/going on vacation/not cooking at all. I've been trying to get back into a rhythm as far as blogging is concerned, but I've been slacking. I've needed some good SRC inspiration to get me motivated again.

For those of you who don't know, Secret Recipe Club is a group of bloggers who make another member's recipe (in secret, of course). Everyone reveals on their designated date and gets to see what another member made from their blog. It's a great way to showcase some of your older recipes and a great way to find out about some cool bloggers who also share a passion for cooking.

This month, I got to explore The Avid Appetite hosted by Rachel. Rachel is a working mom living in Jersey City with her husband, Shaun, and her adorable daughter. Rachel started cooking in an attempt to be a kickass wife who loved football (NY Giant specifically) and knew how to cook. What a lucky husband!

I've made the same attempts with my husband. I cook for him regularly, I've been cultivating an appreciation for football, and I love beer. He could have done worse for himself.

Anyway, back to SRC. Rachel had so many great recipes on her blog that were great for entertaining or having a weeknight dinner. I opted to make her Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers because it just sounded so good. I had a bunch of apples and ground turkey was on sale at the market. Sounded like the perfect recipe.

It was absolutely delicious. The apples and celery gave some moisture to the turkey and the flavor were just like a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich. This was a great recipe that didn't need too many changes. I used fresh sage, rosemary and thyme in place of poultry spice. I also made fresh cranberry sauce with my last bag of cranberries in the freezer from last Thanksgiving. Next time, I would probably sautee my vegetables/apples first so I can cook it fully in the skillet (I ended up starting my burgers in the skillet and finishing them under the broiler). I would also add some walnuts or chopped bacon to my burger (because that's how I make my Thanksgiving stuffing)

Thanks so much for this awesome recipe, Rachel! I know it will become a regular thing in our house.

Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers (will make about 6. We halved this recipe)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 small yellow or sweet onion
  • 1 crisp baking apple, peeled cored (I used honeycrisp, but granny smith would also work)
  • 3 sage leaves
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Fresh or dry rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cranberry sauce (homemade or canned)
  • mayonaise
  • rolls
  1. Dice celery, onion and apple
  2. Mix turkey, celery, onion, apple, herbs and spices together in a small bowl. Cook a small taster in a frying pan and adjust seasoning/herbs as desired.
  3. Form Turkey burgers into patties and cook in a hot skillet until colored on both sides. Transfer skillet to broiler and finish burgers until cooked through
  4. Meanwhile, toast your rolls (we used ciabatta) and spread with cranberry and mayo. Place burger on your roll and serve immediately. 


  1. I had Rachel's blog last month and pinned sooo many of her recipes to my secret board, but somehow missed this one. Sounds sooo incredible. I love my cranberry sauce with turkey and putting them together in a burger sounds amazing! Great pick!

  2. These are a great idea! We use ground turkey all the time, I'll have to make these next time I have cranberry sauce, thanks!

    1. Debbi, it really was a great burger. Much better than a normal turkey burger (which I tend to find dry). Hope you have time to make it soon

  3. MMMM.... Those do look very good!

  4. Oh I'm so glad you made these! So perfect for this time of year and now you have put them back on my radar to make soon! Yum!

  5. What a great way to change up an ordinary burger. Looks and sounds delicious!

  6. Yum! That looks so good! :) Now I'm especially excited for Thanksgiving.

  7. I love all the veggies and fruits and vegetables in this burger. Great idea---getting us ready for those Thanksgiving flavors!

  8. Looks like a great reason to buy some ground turkey.


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