Friday, May 20, 2011

thai turkey burger

This is a very flavorful turkey burger perfect for spring or summer nights. It would be great on the grill, or if the weather's not cooperating (like it was when I made mine) you can use a cast iron skillet like I did, but either would work just fine. It's light yet satisfying all at the same time. In keeping it healthy I served it up on whole wheat buns and a side of sweet potato fries. From this recipe (from Week of Menus), I got four good sized thick burgers, but you could easily make thinner burgers and get six patties. Recipe as follows, enjoy!

1 cup of carrots (about 2 carrots), shredded
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup basil, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 beaten egg
1 1/4 lb ground turkey

In a fry pan over medium heat, heat oil and add carrots and shallots.  Saute and cook until carrots and shallots are tender.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, cilantro, basil, green onions, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, egg and bread crumbs. Using your hand, gently mix the ingredients together.  Do not push down too much or you will over work the meat.  Add carrots and shallots, again mixing gently.  Shape into 4 equal patties

In the same fry pan you cooked the carrots and shallots, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat and then place the burgers on the pan to cook. Cook for 6-7 minutes on each side.

Serve on a bun with a bit of mayonnaise. Top with crisp lettuce and sliced tomato. 


  1. I'm hungry! Nice blog. Very professional.

  2. Thanks Tad :) I'm sure your lovely wife will feed you just say the words.

    P.S. Get her to start that blog of hers!