Apple-Turkey Patty Melts

by Susan on June 6, 2017

My kids love grilled cheese and cheeseburgers, but until now they’ve never had a patty melt. They’re not big onion fans, Swiss is their least favorite kind of cheese and they feel similarly about rye bread. I saved this creative version from Katie Lee eons ago, as I thought the flavor combination sounded awesome. Happily they tasted as good as I predicted!

I made the recipe as written, using dark meat turkey to ensure the burgers wouldn’t be dry. I also opted for gluten-free English muffins; While I admit the burgers were a little messy to eat but so worth it! I served them with sweet potato fries and salad for a complete meal.

Apple-Turkey Patty MeltsĀ 
adapted from Katie Lee

1 tbs. olive oil
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 minced garlic cloves
1 large Pink Lady or Fuji apple, thinly sliced
1 tbs. cider vinegar
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Room-temperature butter
4 gluten-free English muffins (or 8 slices of gluten-free bread)
8 slices extra-sharp white cheddar

In a cast-iron or large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic; stir 1 minute. Add the apple, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar. Transfer the onion-apple mixture to a plate and wipe out the skillet.

In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey, Worcestershire, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties, each about the size of the muffin. Heat the same skillet over medium. Add the patties to the skillet and cook until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; wipe out the skillet.

Butter the muffins on one side. Place 4 muffin halves, buttered sides down, on a work surface. Top each with a slice of cheese, a patty, some of the onion-apple mixture and another slice of cheese. Top with the remaining muffin half, buttered sides up.

Heat the same skillet over medium. Working in batches if needed, cook the burgers until the muffin is golden brown and the cheese melts, about 3 minutes per side.

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