Asian Grilled Turkey Burgers

When hubby and I joined Weight Watchers years ago, we made alot of changes in our diet. One of the changes was to switch from ground beef to lean ground turkey for burgers, meatballs, etc. Until then, I wasn’t familiar with cooking with ground turkey and I was a little hesitant. What if it was dry and tasteless? After lots of experimenting and a few crash and burns, I’ve come up with a few tips on using ground turkey:

1.  93% lean ground turkey has just enough fat to make perfect burgers and meatballs. I’ve tried 99% lean and had trouble keeping it from being dry without adding lots of binders.

2.  Ground turkey is poultry so eating it undercooked isn’t an option. Poultry needs to be cooked to 170 degrees but cooking it longer will make your burgers dry. If you have a instant read thermometer, this is a good time to use it.

3.  A great way to add flavor to your burgers is to mix in  ingredients with strong flavors. I’m not fond of having chunks of ingredients in my burgers so I like to process them into a paste and mix it into the turkey. This makes sure everything is evenly distributed and it adds a little moisture to your burgers. Be sure to not over mix or they will be tough.

Asian Grilled Turkey Burgers


  • 1/8 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1/2 tbls honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 1/2 pound ground turkey (93%)


  1. Heat grill pan or skillet over medium heat.
  2. Put first six ingredients in a food processor and pulse until all ingredients form a paste.
  3. Mix paste into ground turkey just until combined.
  4. Form turkey into 6 burgers.
  5. Spray skillet with cooking spray. Add burgers and cook until done through – about 5 or 6 minutes on each side.


  1. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker
    July 3, 2011

    What an insanely simple recipe but i bet the flavour is deceivingly good! I havnt done much with ground turkey yet, but its a meat I really want to experiment more with, will be saving this recipe and will hopefully try it out next time we have a good ol’ bbq 🙂

    • jfoster
      July 3, 2011

      It really is super simple. Since we started using ground turkey we hardly ever use ground beef.

  2. Amanda
    July 5, 2011

    Mmm, I love turkey burgers! They certainly shouldn’t be dry or tasteless. Fresh herbs make a big difference, too. The only problem is that they tend to stick more when grilling—so spray well!

    • jfoster
      July 5, 2011

      Good point. They definitely will stick if you don’t spray your pan well.

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