Thailand-inspired turkey burger

Definitely Delicious

By Terri Windover, Connect Columnist

Recipe - turkey burg

Try grilling up a healthier burger in this week’s Definitely Delicious recipe: Thai Turkey Burger with Cucumber Relish. Photo by Terri Windover, Connect Weekly

I’m always looking for new ways to dress up what I would otherwise consider a boring burger. I’d rather have a meal that looks and tastes as good as a designer dress, as opposed to that old cotton shift from five years ago.

When I bought almost 15 pounds of ground turkey on sale, the race was on to find new ways to make it taste like a little piece of exotic heaven. Turkey burgers are a healthy alternative to their beefy counterparts, and change is good. Right?

A true authentic taste of Thai food is fish sauce, so I made sure to include some in the burger. I also used a mix of curry, ginger and red curry paste with some brown sugar to offset the sweet meets heat combination.

I also made a very quick pickled cucumber relish with some Thai seasoning, white vinegar, and sugar. Feel free to substitute your favourite sweetener for the sugars. But, I personally would never give up that little bit of brown sugar.

Burger Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon Thai seasoning paste (or lemongrass + cilantro + ginger + chili peppers)
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger powder (or 1/2 tablespoon fresh minced ginger)
1/2 tablespoon yellow curry
1 tablespoon red curry paste
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Cucumber Relish:
2 cups cucumber, julienned
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon juice (1/2 cup lemon, juiced)
3 tablespoons white sugar (or favourite sweetener)
1/2 tablespoon Thai seasoning paste


  • Begin by julienning the cucumber. Add the white vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, and Thai seasonings, chill until ready to serve (or at least one hour – it’s best cold).
  • Combine the red onions, fish sauce, Thai seasoning paste, garlic, ginger powder, yellow curry powder, red curry paste, and brown sugar with the ground turkey. Combine well. For fullest flavor, chill for an hour.
  • Form the turkey into evenly sized balls then flatten to be about 1/2 inch thick. Grease a grill pan and turn the stove to medium high heat.
  • When the grill pan is nice and hot, add the burgers with about 1 inch spacing between. Cook 4-5 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  • Serve on a thick burger bun and top with the pickled cucumber relish and any other favorite toppings.


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