Grilled Apple Burger

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Burgers are a staple in my house. In fact I am currently working on my second cookbook – Burgers on a Weeknight! It will be full of different burger ideas – like this one. The Grilled Apple Burger brings together the sweetness of an apple with a smoky gouda cheese for a delightful – and filling – burger!

Grilled Apple Burger

I opted for the Honeycrisp apples because they not too sweet and not too tart. They are also a good size to put on a burger. You could probably use a Pink Lady or Fuji apple if you can’t find a honeycrisp. The key is you want it to be tender, not milly and you want it to have that mild apple flavor. When you grill it, you need to stay right there by the grill. If your grill is hot enough, the apples will grill up quickly.

Grilled Apple Burger

If you can’t find smoked Gouda slices (Sargento and Tillamook both carry it) – you could get a block of gouda and slice it yourself or you could swap out for something else. I would suggest a Swiss cheese or Sharp White Cheddar. You need something that has a good contrast to the apple and bacon, something a little “tougher”.

Grilled Apple Burger

For sides on this burger, I did a quick cucumber salad (cucumbers, red onions, oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and Italian Seasoning) and Fennel Parmesan Potatoes (oven-roasted potatoes then pan-fried in butter, fennel seed, and parmesan cheese). You could do a small green salad, fries, onion rings, potato salad, pasta salad….really just about any of the typical burger sides would do!

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!

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Grilled Apple Burger

A delightful crisp apple over a juicy burger with cheese and bacon!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, bacon, burger, burger recipes, cheeseburger, gouda
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 8 Brioche Buns
  • 8 slices Smoked Gouda
  • ½ lb Bacon cut in half
  • 4 Honeycrisp Apples cut in ¼ inch slices
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 4 oz Whipped Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cup Italian Dressing

For the Burger

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried Onion

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high. Preheat oven to 450deg.
  • In a bowl, combine burger ingredients. Form into 4-inch patties and cook on hot grill for 8 minutes on each side. Remove from grill, place slice of cheese on each patty and keep warm.
  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to paper towel covered plate.
  • Brush both sides of apple slices with lemon juice. After patties are grilled, place apple slices on grill and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. (they should still be crisp).
  • In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and italian dressing.
  • Split buns and place face up on baking sheet. Place in oven for 5-7 minutes until lightly toasted.
  • Build the Burger: Smear bottom bun with cream cheese mixture, top with cheese burger, 2-3 slices of bacon and 2 apple pieces. Secure top bun with long toothpick.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

10 thoughts on “Grilled Apple Burger

  1. chinamom3078 – I am a woman who loves Jesus who loved me first. Prone to wander and distraction is common for me as I seek to reflect Him in my daily life. I am wife, mom, and grandma who has lived on 3 continents in 26+ apartments, townhouses, military housing, suburbs and now a 200 plus year old farm house. Preparing and hosting meals for the hundreds who have passsed through our home has been a joy and blessing to our family as we listened and shared over meals, coffee, light nights and Bible studies. A rich life! I have reached the age to feel qualifies to be an ”older woman” (as in Titus) even though I feel far from old and have plenty of room to grow each and everyday. And my joy is to teach Bible studies and help train other women to lead well.
    chinamom3078 says:

    I love burger and this one looks delicious! coming from Turn Around Tuesday

  2. LoseWeightWithAng – Hey everyone! I'm Ang! To help and inspire others, I started a blog to document my journey overcoming my struggles with weight loss and eating disorders. For recipes, health advice, inspiration and transformation updates, follow me on my site https://loseweightwithang.com/. I'll help you become the best version of yourself!
    LoseWeightWithAng says:

    I love the idea of putting apple on a burger. That will add a nice pop of flavor

  3. Sunshine – Tennessee – Home educating mom of three amazing fellows, homeschool and homestead blogger, herb gardener, flower lover, cat collector, follower of Jesus, and happy wife! Blogger at https://www.LessonsAndLessons.com https://www.RidgeHavenHomestead.com
    Laurie says:

    Interesting indeed!
    At first I thought the Apple WAS the burger! But I’m a vegetarian, so my mind goes there!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Homestead Blog Hop!
    Happy eating!!

    Laurie

  4. Your Grilled Apple-Burger looks delicious, I can’t wait to taste it! Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,545 this week and I have just pinned it to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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