Turkey Burger with Bacon, Swiss, and Watercress

OK, I started out well with lean ground turkey. Healthy, right? But I could not resist adding caramelized bacon and onions!

Smell of bacon and onion frying makes me feel happy.

Hot, quick sear on a griddle and finish off in the oven.

Stack the garnishes high : watercress, tomato, melted Swiss and more bacon!

Makes 6-8 patties

Panade Mixture:
2 slices of white bread
1/2 cup buttermilk

Cook bacon for 8-10 minutes, then add onions until well caramelized
4-6 slices of bacon, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup of watercress, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pounds ground turkey
Salt and Freshly ground pepper to taste
Canola oil for pan frying

Kaiser Hamburger buns
Cooked bacon slices (optional)
Baby Swiss Cheese slices
Tomato slices
Remoulade sauce

Preheat oven to 372 degrees F.

Mix all the ingredients well and make into 5-6 oz patties. Heat a non-stick frying pan almost to smoking point, put a tablespoon of canola oil, and sear the patties, pressing down lightly with a spatula. Transfer patties to a jelly roll pan and finish cooking in oven for 8-10 minutes. Top with Swiss and melt the cheese for 1-2 minutes. Serve on a hearty Kaiser roll with your favorite garnishing.

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