Juicy Turkey Burgers With Sriracha Mayo and Charred Scallions Recipe

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Charred scallions and sriracha mayo give an Asian flavor to these tender turkey burgers (top left). Yasmin Fahr

These quick and tender turkey burgers are packed with flavor, including a topping of charred scallions and a flavor-packed sriracha mayo. They're a delicious 30-minute meal.

Why this recipe works:

  • The burger patty is gently mixed with fresh herbs and garlic to amp up the turkey's flavor without overworking the meat.
  • Using dark meat results in patties that are more juicy and flavorful than ones made with white meat.

Note: While dark meat from turkey thighs results in the juiciest, most flavorful patties, breast meat will also work well here.

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Active: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage from 1 medium head
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, preferably Kewpie brand
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 pound ground turkey meat, preferably dark meat
  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves and fine stems, roughly chopped
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced or grated with a Microplane
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 scallions, dark green parts cut into 2-inch pieces on the diagonal
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 4 burger buns, toasted

Directions

  1. Combine cabbage, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, and mint in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Stir together mayonnaise and sriracha in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl, gently combine the turkey, salt, pepper, cilantro, and garlic, being careful not to overwork it, until just combined. Form into 4 loosely packed patties.

  3. Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat until lightly smoking. Add the patties and cook until browned and crispy, about 6 minutes per side. Let rest.

  4. Meanwhile, pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add scallions and cook until browned in spots, about 2 minutes. Add sesame seeds and cook until light browned and fragrant, about 30 seconds longer. Let rest 5 minutes.

  5. Place the slaw on bottom bun halves, top with burger patties and scallions. Spread mayo on top bun halves, close burgers and serve immediately.

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