I got this recipe from my mom who got it from AARP (she’s really not that old). Don’t let the recipe source fool you: these are the most delicious turkey burgers I’ve ever had.
The Asian flavors, minced veggies and wasabi sauce leaves me satisfied and James asking when the next time these will be on the dinner menu again.
Unlike a regular turkey burger, this patty can stand alone sans tomato, ketchup or onions. A little bit of shredded lettuce is all you need to dress it up.
1½ lbs. ground turkey
1 red bell pepper, minced
4 scallions, finely chopped
1 egg white, lightly beaten
3 T. cilantro, mint, or basil (or a combo of all three)
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 T. plus 1 tsp. soy sauce, divided
1 tsp. sesame oil, divided
salt and pepper to taste
2 to 3 T. vegetable oil, divided
¼ cup plus 2 T. light mayonnaise
2 tsp. prepared wasabi
6 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
1 cup shredded lettuce
1. In medium sized bowl, combine ground turkey, pepper, scallions, ginger, salt, pepper, egg white, cilantro/mint/basil, 2 tsp. soy sauce, ginger, 1/2 tsp. sesame oil. Form into 4-6 medium sized patties. Set aside.
2. Combine mayo, 1 tsp. soy sauce, 1/2 tsp. sesame oil and wasabi in small separate bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. Pour 2 T. canola oil into skillet and turn t medium heat. Check to make sure it’s hot enough by tossing in a piece of scallion or pepper. If it sizzles, begin grilling the patties.
4. Cook 5 minutes on each side or until done.
5. Serve on warm bun with shredded lettuce and dollup of wasabi sauce.
Voila! Easy and delicious!
Post-baking thoughts: This is always a hit. It’s different. It’s light. It’s savory and a bit spicy all at the same time. The original recipe mentions adding shreddre nappa cabbage to the patties, but with the pepper and scallions and the shredded lettuce on the bun, I think you’ll be covered.