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.


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.


Thai Turkey Burgers adapted from How Sweet It Is

makes 5 burgers + slaw


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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