Rachael Ray's Inside Out Turkey-Bacon Cheeseburger With Oven O-Rings

Fast Food That Won't Demolish Your Diet

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Rachael Ray is the queen of making quick, easy food — and now the cook has come up with some delicious family meals in her new book, aptly titled "Yum-O: The Family Cookbook."

In some of her recipes she takes a twist on traditional foods, like boosting French toast with some peanut butter and jelly. Check out Ray's tasty eats by trying out the cheeseburger recipe below.

Ray said she made this for friend Valerie Bertinelli, who is watching her figure but still cooking for her teenage rock-star son.


  • 6 slices turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra­virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon smoked chipotle powder (or 2 teaspoons chili powder)
  • 1 cup all­purpose flour, for dredging
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick and divided into rings
  • 2 pounds ground turkey breast
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 3/4 cup sharp Cheddar cheese (shredded or crumbled)
  • 1/2 head of redleaf (or other lettuce), chopped
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
  • 4 kosher dill pickles, chopped
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

    Arrange the bacon in a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat. Slowly crisp up the bacon, cooking for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove the bacon from the skillet and, when cool, chop. Add the EVOO to the remaining drippings and set aside.

    While the bacon is crisping, combine the cornmeal and chipotle powder in a shallow bowl. Set up two more shallow bowls, filling one with the flour and the other with the buttermilk.

    Dip the onion rings in the buttermilk, then dredge the rings in the flour, tossing them lightly in your hands to remove the excess. Dip them once again in the buttermilk, and finally coat them fully with the cornmeal mixture.

    Place the dredged rings on a cookie sheet and bake until crispy, 15 to 18 minutes.

    While the onion rings are baking, place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper, and mix in the mustard. Divide the meat into 4 equal portions.

    Shape each portion into a burger, making a well in the center. Fill the well of each with one quarter of the crisp bacon pieces and 2 tablespoons of the cheese.

    Carefully form the burger around the cheese and bacon filling, making sure the filling is completely covered.

    Return the skillet you cooked the bacon in to medium — high heat. Add the burger patties to the hot skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side, then reduce the heat to medium — low and cook the burgers for 5 to 6 minutes longer, turning occasionally. Do not press down on the burgers as they cook.

    Serve each burger on a bed of lettuce topped with sliced tomato, chopped pickles, and a few oven o — rings.

    Courtesy of "YUM-0: The Family Cookbook" Clarkson Potter 2008.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: ground turkey, turkey-bacon, cheddar cheese, onions, flour

    Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course

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