Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers

The thought of putting peanut butter in a burger intrigued me when this recipe popped up on my reader from Cara’s Cravings. I was feeling daring, so I put it on my to-do list. Steve and I love Thai food, so I guess having peanut butter in a savory dish wasn’t too far off for us. Anyway, it was fabulous! The ingredients are really balanced in this burger. I didn’t feel like there was too much PB or carrot (that’s why it’s orange), and it had the perfect amount of spice. And using ground turkey was perfect because ground turkey needs a little more “oomph” in flavor than ground beef.
Sophie even ate some. I couldn’t help but do a little dance on the inside when she unknowingly ate a few bites of something with carrot in it. She doesn’t eat carrots. I made some sweet potato fries to go with the burgers, but she didn’t eat any. She thought they were carrots. :)

We didn’t have any buns on hand, so I toasted some rustic sourdough bread. I’d rather have that than a bun any day.

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Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers


8 oz ground turkey
1 medium carrot, shredded
1 large scallion, minced
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp chili garlic sauce
2 tbsp natural peanut butter
freshly ground salt & pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp light mayonnaise
handful of cilantro, finely minced
1-2 tsp chili garlic sauce
hamburger buns of your choice
mixed greens


Combine burger ingredients a mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Using your fingers to gently blend the mixture together works best. Try not to squeeze everything through your fingers.

Heat a skillet, grill pan or outdoor grill over medium-high heat. Form the turkey mixture into two, tightly-packed patties. Cook for about 7-10 minutes per side, until cooked through.

In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, cilantro and 1-2 tsp chili garlic sauce. Serve burgers on buns with cilantro-chili mayo and greens.

from Cara's Cravings (slightly adapted from A Good Appetite)

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5 Responses to “Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers”

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    digi — July 5, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

    I just made these tonight and they were AWESOME! I used toasted pumpernickle bread instead of regular buns and the sweet taste of the bread really complimented the peanut butter taste.

    I made some of the chevys sweet corn tomalito for desert.


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    Natalie — July 9, 2009 @ 12:19 am

    Yay! I'm glad you liked them! They're a different breed of burger, aren't they? I'll have to try that bread with it sometime.


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    REIGNSoner — September 21, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

    Wow Wow Wow! These are amazing!!! I had big plans of making meatloaf for dinner…then my lady forwarded me this recipe. Am I ever glad she did! This is one of the best burgers I have had in a long time! Thank you so much for sharing! Absolutely delicious!!!!


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