Thai Turkey Burger with Asian Slaw

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30 mins
15 mins
Thai Turkey Burger with Asian Slaw

Infused with fresh lemongrass, ginger, lime zest, shallots, and basil, these Thai Turkey Burgers are bursting with flavor. They are topped with a crunchy Asian Slaw and fresh cucumber ribbons, and the buns are slathered with a spicy aioli.


Turkey Burger:

  • 1 lb ground turkey

  • 3 tablespoons shallot, very finely diced ( or red onion)

  • 1 ½ teaspoon fresh grated, or chopped ginger

  • 2 garlic cloves- finely minced ( or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic)

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass

  • 2 tablespoons chopped Thai basil (or reg basil, cilantro, or mint)

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

  • 1 scallion, chopped

  • ½ – 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

  • ¼ 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

  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper

Spicy Aioli:

  • 1/4 cup mayo, vegan mayo, or tartar sauce

  • 12 tablespoons sriracha or chili garlic sauce


  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.

  6. Toast or grill the buns.

  7. Spread aioli on the bottom bun, top with the patty, then the slaw, cucumber ribbons (optional), more aioli, then the top bun. Enjoy!!

Low Carb Options:

  1. Serve in lettuce wraps and go totally bread-free.

  2. Serve the burger over the Asian slaw, as a main course salad.

  3. Create Burger Bowls!


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