Pineapple salsa, maple dijon and homemade turkey burgers

Turkey Burgers with Pineapple Salsa

Tender Turkey Burgers topped with Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa and Maple Dijon Sauce are a perfect summertime meal!

A burger is good anytime of year, of course, and turkey burgers are just as amazing as beef burgers. Even my carnivore husband and kids love these tasty burgers!

The great thing about turkey burgers is that you get your burger fix with a lot less fat and calories.

These turkey burgers are perfect for a summer get together but are just as perfect on a busy weeknight. They come together quickly and cook fast so they are on the table in no time.

Pineapple cilantro salsa on homemade turkey burgers

Can I make these in advance?

Turkey burgers are a perfect food to make in advance. This will help you save time and get dinner on quickly.

Just make the burgers as directed and cover them tightly. Store them in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

The Pineapple Salsa and Maple Dijon can also be made in advance. In fact, I usually have both of these mixed up and on hand at all times!

The Pineapple Salsa is a welcome addition to a quick salad at lunch – it adds the perfect spicy-sweet topping!

The Maple Dijon Sauce is a favorite on sandwiches or in a quick quesadilla.

Traders Joes Jalapeno Limeade is a great addition to salsa and cocktails!

Can I grill Turkey Burgers?

I usually make my turkey on a grill pan or in a heavy bottomed skillet on the stove but you can grill them if you prefer.

I recommend freezing the burgers for about 15 to 20 minutes before putting them on the grill. They won’t freeze in the middle but this will help to hold the burgers together.

You should grill them over a medium flame for about 5 to 7 minutes per side.

How do you get turkey burgers to stick together?

If you have ever made turkey burgers, you will know that the meat is not as firm as ground beef. It is very soft and needs a little help to hold its shape.

That is the purpose of the egg and the bread crumbs in this recipe. The bread crumbs will help to absorb some of the moisture and the egg acts as a glue to help the patty hold it’s shape.

Another tip to freeze the burgers briefly before cooking. This step is critical if you want to grill your burgers. But I also freeze my burgers before cooking them on the stove if the mixture is very soft.

All of these steps combined will help to ensure that your turkey burgers don’t fall apart!

If you are looking for other great dinner recipes, check on the Main Course Section or take a look at my favorite!

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Turkey Burgers with Pineapple Salsa

Recipe by Tanya Ott


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  • Pineapple Salsa
  • 1 20-ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained

  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced

  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 2 Tablespoons Jalapeno Limeade or Lime Juice

  • Dash of salt

  • Maple Dijon Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 Tablespoons spicy brown or dijon style mustard

  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Dash of ground cayenne

  • Dash of salt

  • Turkey Burgers
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

  • ¼ of a red onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 pounds ground turkey

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • Dash of cayenne

  • Dash of paprika

  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup


  • To make the Salsa
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine well.
    Pour salsa into a jar with a lid and store until needed.
  • To make the Maple Dijon
  • Combine all ingredients in a small to medium bowl and stir well until incorporated. Taste and season to desired spice level. Store in the refrigerator, covered, until needed.
  • To make the Turkey Burgers
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add diced onions. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Mix all ingredients, including cooled onions and garlic, in a large bowl with your hands until incorporated.
  • Form 6 patties approximately 6 ounces each. (You should weigh all of the mixture and then divide by the number of burgers that you need. You can make 6 large burgers or 8 to 10 smaller ones, depending on size.)
  • Heat a large skillet with about 2 Tablespoons oil. Cook burgers for about 5 minutes on each side or until the middle is cooked – use a meat thermometer to check for a temperature of 160°F. Add a bit more oil to the pan if the burgers are sticking.
  • Continue until all burgers are cooked. Serve burgers on a bun with sauce and salsa on top.
Turkey burger with pineapple salsa

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