Smokey chipotle peppers and sweet honey come together in this cranberry sauce!
It’s quick, easy, and bursting with flavor!
This honey chipotle bbq sauce recipe is perfect for your turkey burgers. It pairs together with the turkey just like gravy pairs well with mashed potatoes, the two were made for each other. Which is just another reason you see cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving every year. You can serve this chipotle cranberry sauce up for the holidays as a side dish or top your burgers with it here like I did. However you serve it, it’s sure to be a huge hit!
Turkey Burger Sauce Recipe
I used fresh cranberries for this recipe but frozen ones work just as well. then I added in some smokey chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for a nice kick of heat. I also mixed in some honey, orange juice, and cumin as well and it helped to make the sauce a perfect blend of fresh and light while giving a subtle kick of heat. The best part is that it only took about 15 minutes to make from start to finish making this a quick sauce for your sandwich or a quick holiday side dish. I chose to place my sauce atop a juicy turkey burger garnished with lettuce and onions.
- Fresh spinach
- Monterey Jack cheese
- Kaiser rolls
- Garlic cloves
- Frozen turkey burgers
For the cranberry sauce
- Fresh or frozen cranberries
- Brown sugar
- Orange juice
- Chipotles in adobo sauce
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Honey Chipotle Cranberry Sauce Turkey Burgers
- Combine the cranberries, sugar, water, orange juice, honey, and chipotle pepper in a small saucepan. cook the mixture over medium heat on the stove.
- Allow your cranberries to come to a boil. the cranberries will begin to pop.
- Stir in the cumin and salt.
- Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to cook down and thicken. This should take about 8-10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool.
- Meanwhile, cook your burgers according to the package directions.
- Top your burgers with cheese and cook for an additional minute or until the cheese has melted. Remove from their pan.
- In a small bowl combine the mayo and garlic.
- Place a teaspoon of the mayo onto each half of the burger buns.
- Top the bottom bun with your burgers, onions, and spinach. Then place a generous amount of cranberry sauce on top of each burger.
Any brand of turkey burger will work just fine. I chose to use the Kirkland brand from Costco but you can even use homemade turkey burgers if desired.
You will have a lot of cranberry sauce leftover after serving it on these burgers so keep it stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. While the cranberry sauce would liven up any turkey sandwich, you can also serve it up with some creamy Brie and crackers as a tasty appetizer.
How long does cranberry sauce take to set?
It should take about 8 to 10 minutes of cooking to thicken and set but it won’t be fully thickened and set until the mixture has cooled completely. Make sure that your mixture has thickened before removing it from the heat or else it will not thicken much when it cools.
Can I freeze cranberry sauce?
Yes, you can freeze this sauce in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Simply thaw again before using. If desired you can even warm it up in a bowl in the microwave or in a pot over low heat on the stove until warm.
How long does homemade cranberry sauce last?
The homemade sauce will last for up to 2 weeks if kept properly stored in an airtight container in the fridge. For longer storage, you can freeze it. I recommend freezing in small batches as it will reduce the time needed to thaw.
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- Aloha Turkey Burger
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- Herb & Lemon Aioli with Spinach and Kale Turkey Burgers
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- Grilled German Goetta Burger
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Honey Chipotle Cranberry Sauce (Turkey Burgers)
Smokey sweet cranberry sauce is the topping of these juicy turkey burgers!
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 8 slices onion
- 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
- 4 Kaiser rolls
- 2 tablespoon mayo
- 1 clove garlic, minced.
- 4 frozen turkey burgers (I used Kirkland brand from Costco)
For the cranberry sauce
- 1 12 oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon chopped chipotles in adobo sauce
- In a small saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, water, orange juice, honey and chipotle pepper. Cook mixture over medium heat. Allow cranberries to come to a boil. Cranberries will begin to pop; stir in cumin and salt. Reduce heat and let mixture cook down and thicken, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Meanwhile, cook burgers according to package directions. Top burgers with cheese and cook an additional minute or until cheese has melted. Remove.
- Combine mayo and garlic in a small bowl. Place a teaspoon of mayo on each half of each bun. Top bottom buns with burgers, onions and spinach. Place a generous amount of cranberry sauce on each burger. Serve. (You will have lots of leftover cranberry sauce)
Amount Per Serving Calories 1026Total Fat 51gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 29gCholesterol 151mgSodium 1231mgCarbohydrates 101gFiber 7gSugar 57gProtein 44g
That’s the most beautiful sandwich! I loved learning about the turkey tour.
WHAT FUN!!! This sauce is divine… seriously beautiful!
Thank you for the information, history, and the recipe. I did submit my names and hoping they win…I love cranberry sauce and it is so easy to make. Thanks for a new spin.
Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says
What a fun, educational trip. This cranberry sauce is gorgeous! And I bet it’s a fabulous addition to the turkey burger!
How lucky are you. I would love to check out their set up, maybe next year I will head over since I am a Cincinnati girl. This recipe looks amazing, that cranberry sauce, OH_MY!
What a delicious spin on classic Thanksgiving flavors! I’m looking forward to trying this!
Thank you Tori!
Those turkey burgers look amazing!! Love the honey chipotle cran sauce with it, great recipe!
Thank you Aggie!
Where’s the chipotle in the recipe?
I added into the recipe. Thank you Gayle.
Great article – I know the Cooper family personally and they are passionate about their turkeys!
Just a side note … most farms in the U.S. are run by families (I believe the stat from USDA is about 96%) so that’s something to be proud of. In Minnesota, where I work for the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and write about poultry in my personal blog, we have 250 family-owned and operated turkey farms. 🙂
So glad you got to meet the pardoned pair of turkeys – it’s a fun tradition for sure!
Lara, I should have been more specific, that was turkey farms in Ohio. But you are correct and I change my post. I do NOT want people to think that farms are corporately owned! Thank you!
Ilona @ Ilona's Passion says
So delicious! I think that cranberry and turkey belong together:)
Me too Ilona!
Yum! This looks SO good!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
What a fun thing for your family to do! This looks like a great twist on the regular old cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
God these turkey burgers look delicious. Definitely can see myself making the recipe – just need to get my hands on the ingredients now!