Thai Turkey Burger w/ Crunchy Asian Slaw


Turkey Burger:

  • 1 lb ground turkey ( see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons shallot, very finely diced ( or red onion)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves- finely minced ( or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Cilantro or Thai basil (or reg basil, or mint)
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 jalapeño, seeded, finely chopped ( or substitute 1 Tablespoon sriracha sauce, or red chili sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (or sub soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper– optional

Crunchy Asian Slaw:

  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice ( or rice wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

Spicy Aioli:

  • 1/4 cup mayo, vegan mayo or tarter sauce
  • 1–2 tablespoons sriracha or chili garlic sauce

Optional Additions: Toasted Buns, Cucumber Ribbons, pickled red onions ( yum), Pickled radishes, spicy greens like watercress, sprouts, avocado


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine all the burger ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well using hands. With wet hands, shape into 3 burgers, 1-inch thick. Place on a plate in the fridge.
  3. Toss the slaw ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  4. Mix the spicy aioli ingredients together in a small bowl.
  5. Grill patties on a well-greased, pre-heated grill 4-5 minutes each side until golden and cooked through.
    Toast or grill the buns.
  6. Spread aioli on the bottom bun, top with the patty, then the slaw, cucumber ribbons (optional) , more aioli, then the top bun. Enjoy!!

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