03 July 2008

recipe: ginger-sesame turkey burgers

If you're looking for something different to make when you fire up the grill this weekend, give these a try! I made these up one night with ingredients on hand in the fridge. I've made them for friends and clients several times since-- and they're a big hit!

Recipe: Ginger-Sesame Turkey Burger
Makes 4-5 burgers

1.25 lb naturally raised ground dark meat turkey (can also use white meat, chicken, or beef)
1 teaspoon Asian chili paste
2 tablespoons organic tamari or shoyu (naturally brewed soy sauce)
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon freshly milled black pepper
2 teaspoons salt


1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF, or fire up your grill.

2. Place the turkey meat in a medium bowl.

3. Combine all of the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and then combine in the large bowl with the meat. Mix well, but be careful not to over-handle the meat. Form the mixture into 4-5 round patties, nearly 1-inch thick.

4. Heat 1-2 tablespoons high-heat oil in a large pan until very hot. Brown the burgers for 1-2 minutes on each side. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15 minutes until cooked through. If you are using a grill, skip this step, place directly on the grate, flipping once, until cooked throughly.

5. Top with some lettuce, tomato, and onion on a whole wheat bun. Or, amp up the spice factor and top with some kimchi. I like Hawthorne Valley Farms' raw, lacto-fermented kimchi.

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