These Thai Turkey Burgers are on my list of favourite homemade burgers.
The turkey patty has the fresh flavours of cilantro, basil and mint…all from my garden at this time of year. The topping is reminiscent of Som Tai, that favourite salad/condiment of thinly sliced, pickled cucumbers. Together with a gluten free bun you can capture the flavours of Thailand right in your own backyard.
For a gluten free diet there needs to be an acceptable bun. Fortunately companies have been working on perfecting the gluten free hamburger bun and there are now excellent options. Where I live they are readily available in the freezer section of many grocery stores.
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The key to making juicy hamburgers is to not over mix the meat. Be quick and gentle. To achieve this some recipes simply form the patty and coat the exterior in the seasoning. For these Thai Turkey Burgers I suggest you evenly mix the fresh herbs and spices in a large bowl. Then add the meat and gently mix it all together.
Grilling ground chicken or turkey is not as easy as grilling beef. Here are a few suggestions to make the process easier:
Burger fixins’ are personal but if you insist on using your favourite combo of mustard, relish and ketchup every burger will pretty much taste the same. Once you are willing to try any toppings then the burger is a blank canvas only limited by your imagination.
Let me know in the comments below how you served your Thai Turkey Burgers.
From time to time I write a travel post for my friend Sue over at Travel Tales of Life. This is the one I wrote about our trip to Thailand many years ago.
|⅓ cup white vinegar|
|1½ Tbsp brown sugar|
|¾ tsp salt|
|½ tsp dried red pepper flakes|
|½ - 1 cucumber thinly sliced|
|1 garlic clove, minced|
|1 tsp finely chopped ginger|
|⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro|
|⅓ cup chopped fresh mint|
|¼ cup chopped fresh basil|
|2 Tbsp GF breadcrumbs (optional)|
|2 Tbsp lime juice|
|2 tsp sugar|
|½ tsp anchovy paste (or 1 anchovy filet)|
|⅛ tsp cayenne|
|1–1½ lbs ground turkey|
|salt and pepper|
|4-6 gluten free hamburger buns|
|mayo and lettuce|
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