Poutine Burger

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Makes: 8


  1. 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled (about 5 oz/150 g each)
  2. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  3. 1/3 cup (74 mL) canola oil, divided
  4. 8 Canadian Chuck burgers (each 6 oz/180 g)
  5. 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  6. 1 shallot, minced
  7. 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme
  8. 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  9. 1 1/4 cup (300 mL) low-sodium beef broth
  10. 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
  11. 8 onion buns, toasted
  12. 1 ½ cups (375 mL) cheese curds
  13. 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh chives


  1. Coarsely grate potatoes on a box grater. Spread in an even layer on a large kitchen towel. Roll the towel into a log. Over the sink, wring the towel to release as much moisture as possible. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Season with salt.
  2. Heat about 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Dollop the potato mixture into the skillet into four 1/4 cup (60 mL) portions. Gently press down to flatten. Cook, without disturbing, for 4 to 5 min. per side or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, adding extra oil if necessary. 
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) in another large skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook, burgers in batches, for 4 to 5 min. per side or until cooked through, and internal temperature reaches 160°F(71°C), adding more oil as needed. Transfer burgers to plate. Keep warm.
  4. Wipe out one of the skillets. Melt butter in it over medium heat. Add shallots and thyme and cook 2 to 3 min., or until softened. Sprinkle in flour and cook, stirring, 2 min. or until foaming. Slowly whisk in broth; bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer 5 to 6 min. or until thickened. Stir in pepper to finish gravy. 
  5. Place burger patties on buns and top with grated potato rounds, gravy, cheese curds and chives to serve.