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Asian Turkey Burgers

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  35 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  4 servings
Hoisin sauce gives these burgers a juicy texture, while ginger and garlic provide a burst of flavor, and water chestnuts deliver an appealing crunch. Serve them over tender greens or on toasted whole-wheat buns.

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2. Wrap patties individually and refrigerate for up to 8 hours or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.
2 slices  whole-wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces
12 ounces  lean ground turkey breast (see Ingredient Note)
1 8-ounce can  sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
2 tablespoons  hoisin sauce (see Ingredient Note)
2   scallions, trimmed and sliced
1 tablespoon  minced fresh ginger
2 cloves  garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1 1/2 teaspoons  toasted sesame oil
Sesame mayonnaise (see recipe link above)

When forming burger patties, make them thinner at the center to prevent them from steaming as they cook.

To oil a grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel. Hold it with tongs and pull it toward you over the rack. Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.

Ingredient Notes:
Regular ground turkey, which is a mixture of dark and white meat, has a higher fat content (similar to that of lean ground beef).

Hoisin sauce is a spicy, sweet sauce made from soybeans, chiles, garlic and spices. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.
Other necessary recipes:
Sesame Mayonnaise
Asian Turkey Burgers Recipe at
Preheat grill to medium-high.

Place bread in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl. Add ground turkey, water chestnuts, hoisin, scallions, ginger, garlic and salt; mix well. (The mixture will be moist). With dampened hands, form the mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties (see Tip).

Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Brush the patties with sesame oil. Grill until browned and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165 degrees F).

Meanwhile, prepare Sesame Mayonnaise, if desired, to serve with the burgers.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 207
Fat. Total: 3g
Protein: 24g
Carbohydrates, Total: 20g
Fat, Saturated: 1g
Fiber: 4g
Cholesterol: 53mg
Sodium: 392mg
% Cal. from Fat: 13%
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