Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce Recipe


For the burgers:

  • 1 lb ground turkey (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil (like avocado or grapeseed)

For the peanut sauce:

  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (or Sriracha)
  • 2-4 tablespoons warm water (for thinning)

Toppings (optional):

  • Burger buns (whole wheat or your preference)
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced red onion
  • Lettuce or spinach
  • Sriracha for extra heat


Make the peanut sauce:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all peanut sauce ingredients.
  • Start with 2 tablespoons of warm water, adding more a tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Set aside.

Cook the burgers:

  • In a large bowl, combine all burger ingredients (ground turkey through black pepper). Mix gently until everything is combined.
  • Form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties. Make a slight indentation in the center of each to help cook evenly.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through (internal temperature reaches 165°F).

Assemble the burgers:

  • Toast buns if desired. Place a cooked burger patty on each bun.
  • Top with desired toppings like cucumber, onion, lettuce, and a generous drizzle of the peanut sauce. Add extra sriracha for a kick!


  • Don’t overmix!: Overworking the turkey mixture will make your burgers tough.
  • Customize the toppings: Get creative! Add shredded carrot, bean sprouts, or a fried egg for extra flavor.
  • Make lettuce wraps: For a lighter option, skip the buns and use large lettuce leaves to wrap the burger and toppings.
  • Add extra veggies: For more nutrients, you could finely chop some broccoli or carrots and mix them into the burger mixture.


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