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More Flavor, Less Bun: French-Style Turkey Burger


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2 pounds ground turkey breast

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons capers, chopped

  • 2-3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed and chopped

  • 1/4 cup chicken stock

  • 2 Kaiser rolls, split and toasted


Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons EVOO, about two turns of the pan.

While the pan is heating up, in a medium size mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey with some salt and pepper and divide the meat into four portions. Shape each portion into a burger. Wash your hands after handling the raw meat. Sauté each burger in the hot skillet until golden brown and cooked through, about 6-7 minutes per side.

While the burgers are cooking, in a small bowl, stir together the garlic, shallot, Dijon, capers, thyme and chicken stock. During the last two minutes of cooking, add the mixture to the pan and let it reduce, turning the burger once the mixture has thickened to coat.

Serve each burger on half of a toasted bun, pouring any remaining pan juices on top. Serve with your favorite salad or oven-roasted potatoes alongside. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, go to