Chicken-Apple Burgers

Sure, you usually think of grilled burger recipes in the summer; but with apples, bacon, and apple brandy added; these chicken burgers are decidedly fall burgers.

Chicken-Apple Burgers
Photo: The Prop Studio LLC
Hands On Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup apple brandy, apple juice, or dry white wine

  • cup cored and finely chopped Granny Smith apple (1 medium)

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian parsley

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh sage

  • 2 pound uncooked ground chicken

  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs

  • 6 pretzel buns or hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • 6 grilled apple slices (optional)

  • Toppers such as whole-grain mustard, applewood smoked bacon, grilled red onion slices, lettuce, and/or cheese slices (optional)


  1. For apple mixture: In a large skillet cook chopped bacon until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels, reserving 1 tsp. drippings in skillet. Add onion, garlic, pepper, and salt to skillet. Cook about 3 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Carefully add apple brandy. Simmer, uncovered, until nearly all the brandy evaporates. Remove from heat. Stir in bacon, chopped apple, parsley, and sage; let cool.

  2. In a large bowl combine ground chicken, bread crumbs, and apple mixture. Divide mixture into 6 portions. Shape each into a patty.

  3. Grill chicken patties, covered, over medium heat 14 to 18 minutes or until done (165°F),* turning once halfway through. Serve burgers on buns with grilled apple slices and/or desired toppers. Makes 6 burgers.


The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A chicken patty cooked to 165°F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to a depth of 2 to 3 inches, making sure the tip of the thermometer is in the chicken rather than in the apple stuffing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

558 Calories
21g Fat
56g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 558
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 696mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 3.1mg 16%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 4.5mg 25%
Potassium 885mg 19%
Folate, total 14.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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