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Playing German-Style Turkey Burgers


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 slices of bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoon superfine sugar or 1 tablespoon light agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds ground turkey breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 slices mustard seed-flavored Beemster (gouda) or smoked gouda
  • 4 potato rolls, split and toasted
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Bread-and-butter pickles
  • 1 pound sauerkraut, rinsed and warmed
  • Salt-and-vinegar potato chips


Serves: 4


In a large skillet, heat the oil, one turn of the pan, over medium to medium-high. Crisp the bacon bits, 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, then add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes more. Add the sugar and vinegar; stir again and remove from heat. Let cool.

In a large bowl, season the turkey lightly with salt and aggressively with pepper. Add the parsley, Worcestershire, the cooled bacon mixture and the pan drippings. Stir to combine then form 4 patties that are thinner at the center for even cooking. Reheat the skillet over medium-high. Add the burgers and cook, flipping once, 12 minutes. Top each slice of cheese during the last 1 or 2 minutes of cooking.

Slather each roll bottom with mustard and top with a burger, sauerkraut, pickles and roll top. Serve with potato chips.