Cranberry Turkey Burgers: The Literal Mashup


Cranberries are nowhere to be found for much of the year. I start salivating for them come September because I have found so many ways to incorporate them into meals. I search and search for them to no avail. All of a sudden, they burst onto the scene the beginning of November. I immediately scoop them up and start plotting.

As a kid, I actually did NOT like cranberries. I believed they only came in the form of mashed jelly. Boy, oh boy, was I wrong-o! My cranberry obsession started with my Grandma making this delicious Cranberry Jalapeno Relish over cream cheese for one of my wedding showers. Ever since then, I keep stumbling upon or just plain creating new ways to use them. A few posts ago, I shared the refreshing bruschetta featuring cranberries and pomegranate. Welp, today I have a semi-healthy burger for you with festive undertones. Buckle up, the cranberry bus is a-rollin’.

Cranberry Turkey Burgers



  • Fresh Italian Rolls
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Red onion, sliced
  • Havarti Cheese, sliced
  • 2lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 C sliced green onions
  • 1TBSP Ground Cumin
  • 1TSP Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 C fresh, chopped cranberries
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cranberry Sauce:


Place ground turkey, seasonings, green onion and cranberries into mixing bowl and mix. Once the mixture is well mixed, form the mixture into patties. Cook the patties in a skillet or on a panni maker/griddler. The patties will cook about 15 minutes a piece or until fully cooked. Slice the rolls in half and place cranberry sauce on both halves. place the patty, then cheese, then toppings to complete the burger. This meal is best accompanied with sweet potato fries.



As stated in the recipe, I paired the burger with sweet potato fries to keep with the festive, holiday theme. The sweetness of the sauce accompanied with the slightly sweet burger made for a great meal. We originally had made the cranberry sauce for a different meal, but had enough leftover, we needed a reason to use it up. Sometimes one simple ingredient can inspire a whole meal. So find something you love and let it inspire you!!!

Kylie Madole1




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