Turkey Meat Loaf Burgers with Cranberry Sauce and White Cheddar

Contrary to my last few posts, I have prepared food that is not made of chocolate!  Earlier this month I was reading through some of my favorite blogs and found Turkey Meat Loaf Burgers with Cranberry Sauce and White Cheddar posted at Brenda's Canadian Kitchen.  I love a good burger now and then and this one really appealed to me...turkey burgers are more healthy and this has cranberry sauce and white cheddar!!  Now what could be better than Thanksgiving in a bun?  I loved the idea of apples and poultry seasoning....these were delicious burgers and would be just as delicious as a meatloaf.

Brenda shared that this recipe originally came from Rachael Ray's Look + Cook.  I don't own any of Rachael's cookbooks however, I do watch her cooking show on occasion.  I will be checking out this cookbook.  Heaven knows that I need another cookbook (once I figure out where to put it)!  

I followed Brenda's recommendation and used Panko breadcrumbs and I used wheat hamburger buns.  Those were good choices. My cheddar ended up shredded because I grabbed the wrong brick of cheese when I was making another dish...after shredding and eating as I shredded....I realized I had the wrong cheese.  Turkey burgers don't care if the cheese on top is shredded!

Turkey Meat Loaf Burgers 
with Cranberry Sauce and White Cheddar

4 T (1/2 stick) butter
1 small or 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small celery stalk, finely chopped
1 small McIntosh apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
salt and pepper
1/3 cup bread crumbs 
1 pound ground turkey
2 tsp. poultry seasoning 
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 T Dijon mustard
1 medium egg
extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
4 slices sharp white cheddar, for topping the burgers
4 sandwich-size sourdough English muffins 
1/3 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
3 T sour cream
2 T chopped fresh chives
4 thin slices red onion (I didn't have a red onion so I used a shallot...it was surprisingly great!)
4 red leaf or red romaine lettuce leaves (All I had was iceberg.)

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the butter to melt, then add the apple, onion and celery; season with salt and pepper.  Cover and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.  Stir in the breadcrumbs, then transfer to a bowl to cool; reserve the skillet.  Mix in the turkey, egg, parsley, mustard and poultry seasoning; season with salt and pepper.  Form into patties.

Wipe out the reserved skillet and add a liberal drizzle of olive oil.  Warm over medium-high heat, add the burgers and cook, turning once, until cooked through, 11 to 12 minutes. Top with the cheddar during the last minute. 

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the cranberry sauce, sour cream and chives. 

Serve the burgers on the English muffins with the red onion, lettuce and cranberry-sour cream sauce.

Serves 4.


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  1. Kate, thank you so much for the shout-out and I'm thrilled you enjoyed these burgers! I make them all the time now and often use bbq sauce instead of the cranberry sauce mixture. These seem to be good with anything! I'm so glad you liked them. Have a great weekend!

  2. Turkey has come a long way! Thanksgiving in a bun=yum! I even have some cranberries in the freezer and a can in the pantry. I'm putting turkey on my grocery list which is growing quite long in anticipation of the "big snow" headed toward Chicagoland in the next few days. I want to be deliciously prepared.


  3. I just made turkey meatloaf last week and really loved it. I used some of the same ingredients as you did, except I added almond meal instead of breadcrumbs (I think I'm on carb overload after the holidays!) Never thought about using cranberry sauce, it really changes the idea of it. Next time! Thanks, Kate, for the inspiration.

  4. This is a healthy bther. Wouldn;t this be perfect for a Christmas in July celebration!!!

  5. I've been thinking of making them too! There is just never enough time to do all the things I want to do, but, I think they've moved up on my "to do" list, since you also gave them a glowing review.
    Have a good day!

  6. nope, shredded cheese is just as tasty as the sliced stuff--my tastebuds don't discriminate. :) i love the cranberry sauce on these--it's sooo thanksgiving!

  7. Wow! this looks so delicious. I love it.
    Thanks for all your recipe.

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  8. That cranberry sauce is marvelous! What a super idea for a burger, Kate. Any cheese, any way is what I say!

  9. Oh wow that cranberry sauce really pulls it all together. Well done. i'll have to try these soon!

    New to your site. Love it here already. Can't wait to poke around some more.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  10. Oh wowwww! These sound absolutely Amazing. I cant have Gluten and Dairy- but I have some ideas how to make them fit within my diet :)

    Also- I HATE posting invites via comments (I feel like an annoying spammer!)- but this recipe looks so good that I need to invite you anyways.. I host a weekly event titled Seasonal Sundays- and Id be thrilled if you might want to come link up this recipe at the next event- it fits the theme PERFECTLY!

    Great blog!! Excited I found you :)


  11. Oooh, I've never had cranberry sauce on a burger. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. Cheers


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