Asian Turkey Burgers

Asian Turkey Burgers

Hoisin sauce gives these burgers a juicy texture, ginger and garlic provide a burst of flavor, and water chestnuts deliver an appealing crunch. Serve over tender greens or on toasted wheat buns.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Start to finish: 35 minutes

To make ahead: Prepare through Step 2. Wrap patties individually and refrigerate for up to 8 hours or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.


2 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces
3/4 pound lean ground turkey breast
One 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 scallions, trimmed and sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
11/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup Sesame Mayonnaise (see recipe below)

  1. Heat grill to medium-high.

  2. Place bread in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl. Add ground turkey, water chestnuts, hoisin, scallions, ginger, garlic and salt; mix well. (The mixture will be moist.) Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Form into 1/2-inch-thick patties (see Tip).

  3. Oil grill rack (See Grilling Tip). Brush patties with sesame oil. Grill until browned and no longer pink in the center (165°F), about 5 minutes per side.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare Sesame Mayonnaise to serve with the burgers.

Tip: When forming burger patties, make them thinner at the center to prevent them from steaming as they cook.

Ingredient Note: Hoisin sauce is a dark brown, thick, spicy-sweet sauce made with soybeans and a complex mix of spices. Look for it in the Chinese section of your supermarket, and in Asian groceries.

Grilling Tip: Oil the grill rack just before cooking. The grill should already be heated and the coals or burners adjusted for the correct temperature. Oil a folded paper towel. Hold it with tongs and pull it toward you over the rack. Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.

Sesame Mayonnaise

Use this tangy mayonnaise to enliven a chicken sandwich or dress a simple coleslaw of napa cabbage and scallions.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Start to finish: 5 minutes
To make ahead: The mayonnaise will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil To make:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; whisk until blended.

Makes about 1/4 cup.

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