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Thai Curry Turkey Burgers

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Serves 4

  • by Lori Longbotham from Fine Cooking
    Issue 117

Aromatic Thai curry paste mixed into the meat gives these turkey burgers a flavorful kick; look for it in the Asian section of most supermarkets.

  • 1-1/4 lb. ground turkey (not ground turkey breast)
  • 2 Tbs. red or green Thai curry paste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for the grill
  • 1 medium lime
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced seedless cucumber
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbs. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 4 sesame seed hamburger buns
  • Sliced tomato, for serving

Prepare a medium gas or charcoal grill fire.

In a medium bowl, gently mix the turkey, curry paste, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper with your hands just until blended. Form the mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.

Oil the grill grate. Grill the burgers, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the centers of the burgers registers 165°F, 12 to 15 minutes total.

While the burgers cook, finely grate 1 tsp. zest from the lime, then squeeze the lime to yield 1 Tbs. juice. In a small bowl, combine the zest and juice, mayonnaise, and 1/4 tsp. salt. In another small bowl, toss the cucumber with the cilantro, shallot, and vinegar.

Toast the buns cut side down on the grill until browned and heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Spread the tops and bottoms of the buns with the mayonnaise. Serve the burgers in the buns, topped with a slice of tomato and the cucumber mixture.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with Potato Salad with Garlic Scapes, Snap Peas, and Scallions.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 610; Fat (g): 41; Fat Calories (kcal): 370; Saturated Fat (g): 12; Protein (g): 32; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 22; Carbohydrates (g): 19; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Sodium (mg): 750; Cholesterol (mg): 115; Fiber (g): 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

So fresh and delicious! I can't wait to have this again, and again this summer.

I've made this recipe 3 times this month and everyone who has eaten them has raved about the flavors and asked for the recipe! I tried it with each of the curry pastes and we all have preferred the red one- much more flavor. These are so easy to put together and they cook up in a snap! The lime mayonnaise is sublime! My daughter is a beginning cook and even she has made them. They are addictive! More recipes like this one, please.

These are fantastic. We have been serving them as sliders and they are always quickly gobbled up.

The cucumber/cilantro combination made these fantastic. The curry paste added flavor and heat and the lime mayo cooled things down and kept the burgers moist. All around a great meal. You can read my full review at: http://bit.ly/LF6T09

Absolutely delightful!

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