Makes 4 servings

Test Kitchens staffer Kathryn Conrad enjoys this burger with a cold, crisp beer and very little else. "The flavor is in the burger. The best condiment is the residual flavor of the charcoal from grilling," she notes, "and perhaps some honey mustard."

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare grill.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, and crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan, and saute 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly.

Step 3

Place chicken in a food processor; process until coarsely ground. Combine chicken, bacon, onion, sage, salt, and pepper. Divide chicken mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Step 4

Place patties on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place apple slices on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 1 minute on each side. Place rolls, cut sides down, on grill rack; grill 1 minute or until toasted. Place patties on bottom halves of rolls; top each serving with 2 apple slices and top half of roll.

Ratings & Reviews

Debbie17's Review

February 16, 2012
Good, but not outstanding

mandofan's Review

August 25, 2011
Terrific "burger"! I cook them for 3-4 minutes, covered, at med-hi heat. Very easy, affordable and fairly quick to make. The honey mustard should be required. Add some corn on the cob or cole slaw as a side dish and you have a tasty summer meal.

NikkeeB's Review

July 10, 2011
This was SO good! I followed one of the reviews and minced half of my apple and put it with the onions in the pan/burger mix. I also don't have a food processor, so I just used ground turkey instead of chicken - which I think actually made it easier. Also, used turkey bacon instead of pork bacon. Served it on whole wheat burger rolls. Mmm...def a keeper!

8stringfan's Review

August 22, 2010
These are just fantastic. A very original "burger" that I've made for several people, all of whom have loved it.

kateford's Review

April 14, 2009
Love it! I took the other reviewers suggestion and added the apple to the chicken mixture. I excluded the onion and sauteed the apple in the bacon drippings. It was super moist from the apple. Also, it rained that day so I cooked them on broil for 6-7 minutes each side. I am def making again, I might top with a nice cheddar cheese.....

sunshower41's Review

December 06, 2008
A perfect combination of flavors! Now when I ask my boyfriend if he wants burgers sometime during the week, he requests these ones!