Turkey and Apricot Burgers


These festive flavours are a fun twist on a classic burger: kids and adults love these. They are flavoured with grated carrot, parsley, dried apricots and garlic. The apricots add a lovely sweetness to the burgers, just finely dice so that the dried fruit spreads evenly throughout the mix. Turkey mince is lighter than beef mince too, with a lower fat content. 

  • 500g minced turkey breast, free range

  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely diced

  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed

  • 1 small carrot, finely grated

  • 50g (6-8) dried apricots, finely diced

  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 free range egg

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, for cooking

Preheat the oven to 180C (fan oven)

Take 1 tablespoon oil and gently cook the onion, to soften it, for 8-10 mins; add the crushed garlic in the last 2 mins of cooking. Remove the onion and garlic mix from the heat and cool. Once cool combine the turkey mince, onion and garlic mix, finely grated carrot, finely diced apricots, egg and parsley. Using a spoon allocate equal size mini burgers. 

Take a large frying pan add 1 tablespoon olive oil and brown the burgers in batches (2-3 mins), remove to a baking sheet. Place the burgers in a hot oven to cook through, this will depend on the size (but for mini sized burgers 15 minutes approx in a hot oven). Check the burgers are completely cooked through, with no sign of pinkness in the meat. Drain on kitchen paper and serve. 

meatMiriam Cooper