Rach's Burger of the Month: Green Garlic Burgers with Mild Provolone & Balsamic Special Sauce

Green garlic, garlic scapes, and ramps are my favorite late-spring/early-summer ingredients. I pickle them, make pestos out of them, and add them to everything from scrambled eggs to this awesome cheeseburger.
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green garlic burgers

Recipe by Rachael Ray

Look for green garlic (basically baby garlic) and garlic scapes (curly green garlic shoots) at the farmers' market. They both have a milder garlic flavor, so if you can't find them, a few cloves of garlic will do the trick.

Serves 4


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 

  • 1 bulb green garlic (dark-green top trimmed and bulb peeled if large), finely chopped, or 5 to 6 garlic scapes, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup mixed fresh flat-leaf parsley and mint, chopped 

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef (80% lean) or ground turkey 

  • Salt and pepper 

  • About 3 tbsp. grated onion with juices 

  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 

  • 1 rounded tbsp. Dijon mustard 

  • 8 slices mild provolone 

  • 1/2 cup ketchup 

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise (I like Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise) or regular mayonnaise 

  • 2 tbsp. balsamic drizzle or aged balsamic vinegar 

  • 4 sesame seed burger buns (split and toasted, if desired) 

  • Little Gem lettuce leaves 

  • Sliced tomato 

  • Chopped white onion or thinly sliced red onion 


In a small skillet, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium. Add the green garlic. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in the parsley and mint. Place the beef in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Mix in the grated onion with juices, the Worcestershire, Dijon, and the green garlic mixture.Form into 4 patties (thinner in the centers for even cooking). Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high to high. Cook the patties, turning occasionally, for 8 minutes for beef and 10 minutes for turkey. Top with the cheese during the last minute or two of cooking. Tent the skillet loosely with foil to melt the cheese. In a small bowl, whisk the ketchup, mayonnaise, and balsamic drizzle for the balsamic special sauce. Top the bun bottoms with the cheeseburgers, lettuce, tomato, onion, balsamic special sauce, and bun tops.