Spicy Thai Turkey Burger

By Tom Meyer
Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée
30 MIN

About this Dish

Looking to spice up your weeknight? Try swapping in lean turkey for another protein with this exciting burger recipe. Spicy Thai Turkey Burgers incorporate the sweet and savory flavors of peanut butter along with a bright and fresh slaw to provide a host of flavors and textures that excite the palate.

Try more international flavor, the turkey way! Great recipes like Tandoori Turkey with Grilled Onions and Grilled Turkey Banh Mi Sandwiches are just a click away!

Cooking Style
Ground Turkey
Dish Type


2/3 c honey

1 tbsp kosher salt

1 tsp black pepper

1-2/3 c olive oil

1/3 c sesame oil

1-1/3 c rice wine vinegar

2 tsp dry mustard

3/4 tsp peeled and minced fresh ginger

10 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and julienned

3 medium-large carrots, peeled and julienned

3 large red peppers, seeded and julienned

8 scallions, diced

To taste salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 c or as needed rice wine vinaigrette

1 (80-oz) tub creamy peanut butter

1 c soy sauce

2 tbsp peeled and grated fresh ginger

To taste tabasco for desired spiciness

As needed water to adjust thickness

20 lbs ground turkey

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

4 bunches scallions, chopped

2 bunches fresh basil, chopped

20 oz bottled sweet chili sauce

4 c panko crumbs

1 c blended olive oil

1 c Thai green curry paste

44 sesame seed hamburger buns, split and toasted

As needed sweet chili Sauce (bottled)

As needed fresh fruit for garnish


RICE WINE VINAIGRETTE: Mix all ingredients with bermixer.

Yields: 4 Cups

Cucumber, carrot and red slaw: Mix cucumbers, carrots, red peppers, scallions and salt and pepper together.

Add just enough rice wine vinaigrette to lightly coat the vegetable mixture.

Cover, chill and hold for service.

Peanut sauce: Mix all ingredients together. Cover and hold for service.

Spicy Thai turkey burgers: Mix together all ingredients and form into 8-ounce patties.

Cover, chill and hold for service.

Service: Per order: Grill turkey patties about 5-inches from the heat. Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Place cooked patties in toasted buns and top with cucumber, carrot and red slaw. Serve with sides of peanut sauce, (bottled) sweet chili sauce and fresh fruit garnish.