You don’t have to live in the Big Apple to enjoy the immense taste of it. Even if the Giants aren’t your team, Big Apple Burgers will taste great to fans from all regions. And no matter where you live, apples are an autumn treat that should be incorporated into every possible dish while they’re ripe and juicy. Add some fun to the tailgating mix with this twist on a classic burger that makes is both sweet and savory. No one can deny that bacon is a great tailgating staple. Pair this hearty burger with a side of cold coleslaw and you’ve got a great football meal. This easy burger recipe can be prepared at home and cooked and dressed outside the stadium.

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Big Apple Burgers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 apple (preferably Gala)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 package of hamburger buns
  • 8 slices of provolone cheese
  • 8 bacon strips (cooked)
  • Barbecue sauce


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Core the apple and place the wedges in a food processer. Chop the apple into tiny chunks so it will blend nicely with the ground beef.   In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, chopped apple and cinnamon until well mixed. Form eight patties. The patties can be cooked immediately or chilled until the grill is ready.

Cook patties on a grill, either outdoor or indoor, to your particular taste. Within the last minute of cooking, add a slice of cheese on top to allow it to melt over the burger. When done, place the patty in a bun and add a folded slice of bacon and barbecue sauce for the best mix of flavors. Grill the buns for a minute or so to add a nice layer of crispness and warmth.

Not crazy about beef? No problem. Check out our tasty turkey burger recipe.

Samantha Sinclair is a freelance writer who lives in South Jersey. She has two boys who love “adventuring.” Her work can be found at

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