Monday, July 8, 2013

Recipe: Thai Turkey Burgers

Angela Simpson

This recipe was contributed by Angela Simpson, the blogger behind Eat Spin Run Repeat and the author of "Living the Whole Foods Lifestyle: A Complete System for Fast (Clean!) Food". To learn more about Angela, check out her accompanying post and her bio on our Greatist Ambassador page!
Now that summer is finally here, I’ve been trying to cook as many meals as possible on the grill. Whether it’s veggies, marinated tofu steaks, salmon on a cedar plank, or pineapple drizzled in maple syrup, everything seems to taste better on the grill! When it comes to burgers, there are so many ways to add flavor without adding tons of calories and unhealthy fat. With only a few ingredients, these Thai turkey burgers are super easy and quick to make. Give them a try at your next barbecue and let me know what you think!

Recipe: Thai Turkey Burgers

Photo by Angela Simpson
What You’ll Need:
Thai Turkey Burgers1 pound (about 454g) extra-lean ground turkey
1 lime, zested
¼ cup whole-grain bread or cracker crumbs
½ cup grated carrot
1-2 tablespoons green curry paste (1 if you want a little heat, 2 if you want more!)
1 tablespoons fish sauce or low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
What to Do:
  1. Preheat grill, grill pan, or frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and use a burger press (or your hands) to form the mixture into four equal-sized patties. Put a small depression in the middle of each patty, which will help it to stay flat (rather than puff up) when cooking.
  3. Grill for 5-6 minutes per side over medium heat, or until no longer pink in the middle.
  4. Serve in whole-grain pitas or buns with Ginger-Lime Asian Slaw, sliced avocado, and fresh sprouts (if desired).
  5. If you want to prepare a quick sauce for your burger, combine 1 tablespoon plain fat-free yogurt with 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce. Add a few pinches of stevia for a sweet-and-spicy flavor.

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