Tasty Asian Turkey Burgers

Asian Turkey Burgers
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN
Total Time 40 min
Prep 20 min, Cook 20 min
Servings 4 (1 burger each)

Does the thought of a turkey burger turn you off? You're not alone. Many turkey burger recipes produce dry, flavorless sandwiches that are no fun to eat. But a turkey burger with delicious Asian flavors is worth a try.

This Asian turkey burger recipe is full of flavor and it's a cinch to make. Just combine the meat with a few easy ingredients, whip up a couple of tasty toppings, and dinner is served. The quick-pickled onions, sriracha "mayo," and creamy avocado make this burger a drool-worthy meal that your family will love.


  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch sugar
  • Boiling water
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (or to taste)
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 small whole wheat buns
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 small avocado, thinly sliced


  1. Make the quick-pickled onions. Place thinly sliced onions in a small jar. Add cider vinegar and sugar. Pour boiling water over the top to cover the onions. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare remaining ingredients.
  2. To make the sriracha "mayo," whisk together yogurt and sriracha, adjusting as needed for your desired spice level. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Make the burgers. In a large bowl, combine turkey, garlic, onions, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Form into four patties.
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add burger patties and cook until the bottoms are browned, about 5-8 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until burgers are cooked through. A thermometer inserted into the center should read 165F when they are done.
  2. To assemble burgers, place cooked burgers on whole wheat buns. Top with spinach, sliced avocado, pickled onions, and sriracha "mayo".

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

You may use ground chicken in place of the turkey.

For a gluten-free meal, use low-sodium tamari in place of soy sauce (or choose a gluten-free soy sauce brand) and replace wheat bun with your favorite gluten-free bun or lettuce wrap.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Serve with a side of fresh fruit, a salad, or steamed vegetables for a balanced meal. 

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