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Thai Curry Turkey Burgers

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

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

Nutritional Information

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


  • 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.

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


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • saebow | 08/23/2018

    I'm not a huge fan of turkey, and pork is more commonly used in Thai cooking, so I used ground pork in place of the turkey. the flavor was great. The guys at the house went back for more until they were all gone. The cucumber/cilantro/shallot combination was bright and fresh tasting, the lime mayonnaise was very nice. No heavy feeling afterward. Great idea!

  • pokano | 04/24/2017

    Quick and easy, lives up to its reviews. Will definitely make this again.

  • Samhan1 | 05/30/2013

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

  • chefsooz | 08/20/2012

    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.

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