03 August 2011

I know this isn't a great time to be posting a recipe involving ground turkey, but I made this about a week and a half ago, before I heard that it might have problems.  So tuck it away for later after that's all over with, or you can also use ground chicken (or even beef, really).

This is a recipe I created.  I like to come up with fun and different burgers in the summertime and I wanted to try a teriyaki one.  It turned out pretty well.  Here's the recipe.

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Asian Slaw

1 lb. ground turkey
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce, divided
2 tbsp green onions, finely sliced
½ cup red cabbage, shredded
½ cup carrot, grated
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
½ tsp sugar or honey
4 hamburger buns

Combine turkey, 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce, and green onions.  Shape into 4 patties.

Grill burgers over high heat.  Grill for 5 minutes; flip over and brush cooked side with some of the remaining ¼ cup teriyaki sauce.  Grill another 5 minutes and flip again, brushing the second side with teriyaki sauce.  Continue to cook burgers until they are completely cooked through and register 165°.

Meanwhile, place cabbage, carrot, and cilantro in a small bowl.  In another small bowl, combine vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar or honey.  Whisk until completely combined.  Pour dressing over slaw and stir to combine.

Place each burger patty on a bun and top with the slaw.

Makes 4 servings.

Doesn't the slaw look so pretty?  You can use any kind of cabbage you want, but I thought the red looked really pretty with the orange of the carrot.  I forgot to add the cilantro; that's why you don't see it in the picture.  If the sesame oil is too much for you, you can use only 1 tsp of sesame oil and the rest olive oil.  That's what I did, actually, because I don't like very much sesame oil.

My husband skipped the slaw and topped his burger with a pineapple ring.  He raved about it, and while I did try one bite, I can't handle fruit on my burgers, so I think I'll stick with the slaw!

Brushing the burgers with the teriyaki sauce was a great idea.  I have been trying to make barbecue pork burgers and have failed twice now.  If I put enough of the sauce inside the burgers to achieve the flavor I want, the burgers fall apart on the grill because they are too loose.  Then a light bulb went off, and I thought about basting them with the sauce as they are grilling.  That way I still get all the flavor, but it won't make the burgers fall apart.  Now that I see how well it worked on these teriyaki burgers, I can't wait to try that method on the barbecue pork burger.

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