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Asian Turkey Burgers

Grilled turkey burgers flavored with ginger, lemongrass and other aromatics, are cooked best on a searing hot cast-iron griddle on the grill. Served with mango salsa and coconut rice, this is a complete meal that needs no bun.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 8
Calories 290 kcal


Aromatics, part one

  • 3/4 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated with microplane
  • 1 1/2 inch piece of lemongrass, grated with microplane
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Aromatics, part two

  • Zest of one lime
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped medium fine

Turkey burgers

  • 2 lb ground turkey (93/7)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce


  • Cook the aromatics in a small sauce pan over low heat until the onion is soft and clear. Set aside and let them cool.
  • Once cooled, add the lime zest and cilantro to the aromatics. Stir and set aside.
  • Mix all the burger ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, including the cooled aromatics.
  • Patty into 8 quarter pound burgers and rest in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. This step is important so the burgers don't fall apart while grilling.
  • When ready to grill, turn flame to medium and heat a cast iron griddle.
  • Place burgers on grill and cook on one side for 4 minutes. Then flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, another 4-6 minutes with the cover closed.
  • Let burgers rest 5 minutes before eating. 
  • Serve with mango salsa and coconut rice
Keyword cilantro, lemongrass, Turkey