Bahn-Mi Turkey Burger

If you remember one of my first posts was the fiesta turkey burger and in the post I mentioned how much I love turkey burgers. Well tonight, after a long car ride, I was about 3 minutes away from going for take out, but then decided I should cook and once again it was the turkey burger to the rescue. Not only is a turkey burger healthy and quick to make, but it is such a great vessel for flavors. Tonight’s dinner was “bahn mi turkey burgers” which is what I call them because they have an asian slaw on them and some fun crunchy veggies inside.

Here’s what you’ll need for these turkey burgers:

  • 1 lb ground turkey (I had 93% lean in the freezer)
  • 1/2 small onion finely chopped 
  • 1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped 
  • 2 Tb low sodium soy sauce 
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander (it could have used a bit more, but if you dont like coriander use this much)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Here’s why I love turkey burgers: 1. combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand 2. shape into 4 evenly sized burgers (I am a bit anal and weighed them… each was about 6.3 oz with the veggies and seasonings)3. flatten and shape into patties and cook COVERED for 4 minutes on each side in a pan coated with 1 Tb coconut oil (or any other cooking oil)

While those are cooking you can whip up some sriracha mayo. Flavored mayos are a great way to make your food more interesting. For sriracha mayo I start with 1 1/2 Tb light mayo and 1 tsp sriracha and mix to taste (add more sriracha to make it spicier or more mayo to cut down on the heat). 

If you’re going low-carb, you can serve these turkey burgers over an asian inspired salad with spinach, mandarins, almonds, snow peas and a light citrus vinaigrette. I went for the bun and toasted up some sandwich thins, spread each with the sriracha mayo and topped the burger with an asian style slaw from Fresh Direct. To make your own asian style slaw add rice wine vinegar, sugar, and ginger to a cabbage based cole slaw mix. 

We had only had breakfast so I heated up some soup and steamed veggies to complete this meal. Next time you are tempted to order take out, challenge yourself to make a delicious turkey burger inspired by the contents of your fridge! Let me know what you make!