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Tongue Thai'ed Turkey Burger

This is a healthful and tasty alternative to a beef burger. It is very satisfying and leaves you with a full stomach but not a heavy feeling. The ingredients burst in your mouth and introduce Thai cooking to a whole new "burger" generation. This burger can be enjoyed with a glass of Sutter Home Reisling or Savignon Blanc.

Ingredients 

20 OZ  GROUND TURKEY
3 GREEN ONIONS – THINLY SLICED
4 WHITE BUTTON MUSHROOMS – CHOPPED FINE
¼ CUP CHOPPED CARROT – FINE DICE – use packaged matchstick carrots
1 TBL GARLIC PASTE
1 TBL GINGER PASTE
2 TBL CILANTRO PASTE
1 TBL WHITE PEPPER
1 TSP LITE SALT
3 TBL TAMARI VEGETABLE OIL (FOR THE GRILL)
FRENCH HAMBURGER BUNS OR CIABATTA ROLL, sliced horizontally OLIVE OIL (for brushing the bun)
THAI KITCHEN PEANUT SATE SAUCE
6 SLICES OF RIPE TOMATO
1/2 HEAD OF NAPPA CABBAGE – SHREDDED

Instructions 

Directions: Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.(350-375 degrees) To make the patties, combine the ground turkey, green onions, mushrooms, carrot, garlic paste, ginger paste, cilantro paste, tamari, salt and pepper. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the buns. When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and cook 4-5 minutes. At the same time you flip the burgers to the second side, brush the cutside of the hamburger bun or ciabatta roll with olive oil and place on the outer edges of the grill rack to toast lightly. Cook burgers for another 4-5 minutes or until the juices run clear when the patties are pierced in the center. To assemble the burgers, spread 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Sate sauce on each side of the toasted bun. On each roll bottom, top with 1 slice of tomato and handful of shredded nappa cabbage. Top with burger and firmly press top bun to secure. Serve and Enjoy. Makes 6 burgers

Comments 

All ingredients can be obtained at any major grocery chain. Often the vegetables are found on the salad bar, making this a quick and easy meal to make after a busy day. I prefer the french hamburger buns, but also enjoy the crusty and chewy texture of a Ciabatta roll. All of the pastes are easily found in the produce section of most grocery chains. I enjoy cooking and grilling all year round and would love to be a part of your Burger Hall of Fame.