Asian Style Turkey Burgers With Apple Slaw

BBQ season is upon us and during this time of year I always find myself working on new burger recipes. I love playing around with flavor combos and different ground meats to make up something special and unique. Plus, it’s always fun to offer up a unique type of burger traditional beef one when you are entertaining.

I’m a big fan of turkey and chicken burgers because I don’t eat red meat but I find they are a hard sell to the die-hard beef lovers. I consider it a challenge to impress the traditionalists with exciting chicken and turkey burger flavors and try to top myself each year. This year I know I have found my winning burger and it’s my Asian Style Turkey Burgers with Apple Slaw. It’s the most incredible combination of sweet and salty. The sweet/tart flavor and crunchy texture of the apple slaw works perfectly on top of the hearty turkey burger. It’s flavorful without being overpowering and is such a nice alternative to traditional BBQ fare— perfect for summer entertaining. Enjoy!

Apple Slaw

Serves 4


2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 small carrot, shredded or thinly sliced

1 scallion, thinly sliced

2 Granny Smith or fuji apples, thinly sliced or shredded


1. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, salt and oil. Add in carrots, scallion and apples and toss to coat. Refrigerate for once hour.

Asian Style Turkey Burgers

Makes 4


1 lb ground turkey or chicken

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs

4 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 large scallion, thinly sliced

4 brioche buns or any hamburger bun you prefer


1. Preheat your outdoor grill to medium.

2. In a large bowl combine turkey, garlic, oil, soy sauce, pepper and scallions. Mix with your hands until just combined. Form mixture into four equally sized patties. Oil grill grates and cook burgers until well browned on both sides and completely cooked through, about 7 minutes per side. Serve on buns topped with apple slaw.

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