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Thai Turkey Burgers

June 9, 2010
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Thai Turkey Burgers

Hey! Where has all the time gone?

Good question. Between weddings, tennis, work, and hanging out with some friends, we’re been some busy bees as of late. This is no excuse, I realize, so I am happy to come back tonight with these incredibly tasty turkey burgers! I always like to split the world of poultry burgers into two main styles: “Meatloaf” burgers and “Burger” burgers. While the second one is but a poor excuse to alliterate, it is a good way to view burgers with little extra adornments, but instead merely good seasoning and proper cooking. The meatloaf style usually has many ingredients, varied flavors, breadcrumbs, and generally resembles a patty of meatloaf on a bun. This is not to suggest that the meatloaf style is remotely inferior, but definitely different. For more on the “burger” style, please see this excellent article on Serious Eats on the topic.

The burgers today fall clearly in the meatloaf-style camp, but they are bursting with flavor and heat, and because they made 6, we had enough for dinner and two lunches each! Feel free to boost the heat even more (as I wish I had) with a couple of extra chiles, and serve with your favorite cooling side, such as an Asian slaw or even potato salad.

Thai Turkey Burgers (Makes 6)

Adapted from Week of Menus

  • 1 cup carrots, finely chopped (about 2 large)
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (about a palmful)
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped (ditto)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped (about 3-4)
  • 1 jalapeno chile, chopped finely (or more!)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/4 lb ground turkey (usually one package)
  1. Heat oil in frying pan, and cook carrots and shallots until soft. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mixing gently to not overwork the meat. Shape into 6 equal patties and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  3. Preheat frying pan or indoor grill on medium-high heat. Cook burgers for 5 minutes a side, or until cooked through.
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