These Asian Turkey Burgers with Sriracha Lime Yogurt Sauce are anything but boring and may be the best turkey burgers you have ever had. Plus they are healthy and low carb/Paleo friendly. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down
These Asian Turkey Burgers made with garlic, ginger, jalapeno, carrots, and green onions pack such a flavor punch, you won't ever believe they are a healthy turkey burger. Plus the spicy Sriracha Lime Yogurt sauce is addictive. It's quickly becoming one of our favorite burger options along with these Healthy Ranch Turkey Burgers and Tilapia Fish Burgers.
These healthy Asian turkey burgers may be changing my mind about burgers. Truth be told, I am normally a bit of a burger snob. I blame it on a former roommate who was obsessed with finding the best burger in the city. We literally tried new ones almost weekly. So now, when I am going to have one, I want it to be the real thing usually loaded with cheese, bacon, some yummy sauce, maybe a couple slices of avocado. You feel me here. And living in LA, there is no shortage of incredible burgers. I am spoiled. However these days, I usually try to reserve for special occasions since they aren't the healthiest or most diet friendly option. And we haven't even talked about fries.
Knowing this, I have been on a quest to come up with some healthy burger recipes that actually taste amazing. And for me, that means experimenting with turkey burgers since I am trying to cut back on red meat. In the past, I always worried about turkey burgers being dry and tasteless but I have to say after deciding to give the traditional turkey burger another shot, I have been pretty surprised by the results. This Asian Turkey Burger is tender and juicy with the perfect amount of spice. I wrapped mine up in lettuce with a good dollop of Sriracha yogurt sauce and some fresh cabbage because I love adding crunch.
What kind of slaw can I serve with an Asian Turkey Burger?
To add some crunch, this burger is delicious with a simple slaw on top. It's also a nice low-calorie option if you want to skip the bun and serve it on a bed of yummy slaw instead. For a really simple slaw, you can toss together a bag of coleslaw mix with chopped cilantro and red onion with equal amounts sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, and lime juice. You can also make this Asian Peanut Slaw or Asian Kale Apple Slaw if you want something more substantial.
Best Way to Cook Turkey Burgers
When cooking turkey burgers, many people are worried about it turning out dry. Try these three things to help ensure your turkey burger comes out great everytime.
- Add veggies: One of my favorite ways is to add 1/2 cup grated onion or zucchini. This adds flavor, veggies, and moisture to the burger.
- Higher fat turkey: You could also use a higher fat ground turkey.
- Use your thumb: Make a small indent with your thumb in the center of each burger before cooking. This helps to keep the burger from bulging in the center and getting round like a hockey puck.
- Grill or hot skillet: Turkey burgers cook best when they get a nice crust on the outside that seals the moisture in. To do this, always cook your burgers on a hot grill or in a hot skillet. Make sure not to flip them too early. If they are sticking to the pan, they are probably not ready to be flipped.
Tips for Freezing Turkey Burgers
These burgers freeze well and can easily be prepped ahead for an easy meal. Once you have them formed into patties, lay them flat on a baking sheet or other flat surface and freeze for 2 hours. Then once they are frozen and the excess moisture is gone, you can add them to a freezer friendly bag or container without worrying about them sticking together. If you don't have time for this extra step, store them with parchment between each burger to prevent sticking. Then the burgers can be cooked from frozen, they will just need a couple of extra minutes.
Asian Turkey Burger Recipe Ideas
This turkey burger works really well for anyone on Weight Watchers and has 5 Smartpoints per serving. However, if you make it with 99% lean ground turkey, this is actually a 1 Smartpoint recipe since the turkey and yogurt have 0 Freestyle Smartpoints on the new Weight Watchers program. You can serve it wrapped in lettuce or on portobello mushroom buns without adding any points. Reduced calorie hamburger rolls or Light English Muffins are another low point option with just 2 points each.
For a Paleo version of this Asian Turkey Burger, swap in Paleo friendly mayonnaise for the Greek yogurt. Then to serve it, wrap it in lettuce or serve it stacked between two slices of roasted sweet potato. You will also need a Paleo friendly Asian hot sauce if you opt not to use Sriracha.
Much like Paleo, to make this burger Whole30 friendly you will need to use a Whole30 friendly mayonnaise and hot sauce. The two options above for Paleo will work for Whole30. Then you can serve it wrapped in lettuce or with a sweet potato, regular potato, or mushroom "bun,"
After originally posting this recipe, I got a lot of questions about using wasabi instead of Sriracha. Not only is this genius, it comes out great. Just sub in wasabi for the Sriacha and taste until it has the punch you are looking for. I normally use about twice as much wasabi as Sriracha since the flavor isn't quite as strong.
Asian Turkey Burgers with Sriracha Lime Yogurt Sauce
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- 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup minced cilantro
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 2 U garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup carrots, minced
- 1/4 cup scallions, minced
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 U jalapeno, seeded and minced (adjust based on spice preferences)
- 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (or Paleo mayo)
- 2 tbsp Sriracha (or Asian chili paste, adjust to taste)
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
Combine the turkey, cilantro, ginger, garlic, carrots, scallions, soy sauce, and jalapeno if using in a bowl. Be careful not to overwork the meat or it will become tough.
In a small bowl combine the yogurt, lime juice, and Sriracha to taste.
Form the meat into four patties and brush with vegetable oil. Grill or cook in a skillet for about 5 minutes per side until cooked through. Serve with yogurt sauce.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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