Asian Turkey Burgers

  • Active Time 35m
  • Total Time 35m

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)
  • Oone 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, chilies, garlic and spices. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.

Companion recipe: Sesame Mayonnaise


Preheat the grill to medium-high.

Place the bread in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the 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 the 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 the Sesame Mayonnaise, if desired, to serve with the burgers.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 9089

nutrition information per serving

207 calories; 3g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 53mg cholesterol; 392mg sodium; 20g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 24g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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