Thai Turkey Burgers

Lunch is my least favorite meal of the day. Breakfast is simple (cereal) and dinner is easier to experiment with a variety of different dishes. But lunch typically falls into the soup, salad or sandwich category. While I love a good soup or salad, lunch can get a little boring when you resort to the same three types of foods.

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So a couple weeks ago, I decided to switch up my usual salad-for-lunch routine when I came across a recipe for Thai Turkey Burgers on the blog How Sweet It Is. Since I would be having these for lunch, I lightened up my version by nixing the bun and amping up the slaw to be more of a full-on salad. The turkey burgers were great both cold on top of the slaw, or warmed up in the microwave with some sriracha on the side. They were a welcome break to my usual lunch options and gave me something to look forward to all morning until 12 o’clock hit.

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Thai Turkey BurgersĀ adapted from How Sweet It Is

makes 5 burgers + slaw

Ingredients:

For the burgers:

1 lb ground turkey

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

For the sauce:

1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup canned coconut milk

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp creamy peanut butter

1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and grated

juice of 1 lime

1/2 tbsp soy sauce

For the slaw:

1 head napa cabbage, chopped

1 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

1/2 cup peanuts, chopped

1. Whisk together all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Scoop out 1/4 cup of the sauce and set aside. Place the remaining sauce in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened. Set aside.

2. Combine ground turkey, carrots, scallions, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of sauce from before until just mixed. Form into 5 patties.

3. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties to the skillet (you might have to do a couple batches depending how big your skillet is) and cook until nicely browned, about 5 minutes, then flip and repeat on the other side.

4. Comine all ingredients for the slaw in a large bowl and toss with remaining thickened sauce. Serve turkey burgers on top of the slaw, warm, cold or at room temperature.

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