Thai Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Pepper Relish and Spicy Mayo

Thai Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Pepper Relish and Spicy Mayo

It’s grilling season and there’s nothing like a good juicy burger grilled to perfection.  Ground turkey is a good alternative to the popular choice of ground beef, but turkey burgers are a little boring on their own.  That’s why I like to make mine “Thai style” with spicy mayo and a crunchy homemade relish.  This burger is pretty healthy, but it won’t seem like it after you take your first bite!

I’m a purist when it comes to grilling.  I only use charcoal, and I never use lighter fluid.  Instead of fluid, try a Chimney Starter.   I must admit gas is convenient, but the extra time and effort pays off in the end with that real charcoal grilled flavor.  I like to use mesquite chips with these burgers.  The mesquite smoke flavor is pretty strong so I avoid it with things that need longer grilling times.

The sauce is what really makes these burgers go from average to excellent.  The leftovers are great on sandwiches, pizza, or just about anything.  I think you are going to want to make the full batch.  The sauce is pretty spicy with the bhut jolokiaflakes(ghost chili flakes), but you can omit them and cut the amount of Sriracha in half to tone down the heat.

I think turkey burgers often get a bad rap because people treat them like you would a beef burger.  Try jazzing them up a little more, and be careful not to overcook to get the best results.  Happy grilling!


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Thai Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Pepper Relish and Spicy Mayo
Serves: 4
Relish ingredients:
  • ½ cup cucumber, cut into ¼ inch cubes
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, cut into ¼ inch cubes
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
Thai mayo ingredients:
  • 1 cup canola oil mayo
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 3 scallions, minced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ⅛ tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch ground clove
  • ¼ tsp Volcanic Peppers bhut jolokia flakes (or any pepper flake)
Burger ingredients:
  • 4 (100% whole-grain) hamburger buns
  • 1 pound (93% lean) ground turkey
  • 4 scallions, minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  1. Combine all relish ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Combine all Thai mayo ingredients and whisk. (There will be extra. If you only want enough for the burgers, cut recipe in half). Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Combine all burger ingredients in a large bowl and form into 4 patties, being careful not to overwork meat. Grill until cooked thoroughly, about 4 minutes per side. Once cooked, remove and set aside.
  4. Place buns on grill cut side down and toast until lightly browned, being careful not to burn.
  5. Spread mayo on top part of bun. Place burgers on bottom part of bun and top the burger with relish and a handful of bean sprouts.

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16 comments… add one

  • tim April 22, 2012, 1:55 pm

    Looks good and sounds tasty, will have to try that mayo recipe out some time.

  • Jeanean April 22, 2012, 2:45 pm

    What time did you say you were coming over to make these for us today??? Looks very delish!!!!

  • Rachael April 22, 2012, 7:55 pm

    You did an excellent job with this recipe. I can’t wait until you make these yummy burgers again! xoxo

  • Cody April 23, 2012, 9:21 am

    These look delicious! I love how turkey burgers can take on any sort of theme or flavor – I’ve never tried Thai and now I’m really looking forward to it!

  • Michelle Simpson April 23, 2012, 10:49 am

    Yes!!! :)

  • Lizzie April 23, 2012, 11:02 am

    Yum! I have a go-to southwestern flavor turkey burger that I use a lot, but I’m happy to add this one to the rotation. I am also a chimney-using grilling purist.

    I am not a huge fan of bean sprouts. Any thoughts for a substitution? Do you think these burgers would come together if I opted to leave them out?

    • Bill April 23, 2012, 11:33 am

      I added the bean sprouts for a little extra crunch and some visual appeal. You could try with alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, or mixed greens. I do think the relish adds enough crunch on its own, so you would be safe leaving the sprouts out altogether. Thanks for checking out the post and let me know if you have any other questions.

      • Cody April 23, 2012, 11:44 am

        I’ve also added fresh (not frozen) chopped spinach to my turkey burgers before! That will add a little texture and green. You could also add in diced water chestnuts for some crunch!

        • Rachael April 23, 2012, 2:24 pm

          I love those ideas @Cody!! :)

  • Vanessa May 2, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Just made this for dinner, minus the relish. It was amazing- I used 1.5tbsp fish sauce and 2tbsp soy for more kick though, and it was a good call. Instead of chilling, I added an egg and a tablespoon of water to bind it all. My boyfriend really liked it. Nom nom nom

    • Bill May 2, 2012, 4:04 pm

      Glad you liked it!

  • Tressa Bruess May 29, 2012, 11:23 am

    Made this last night and was a hit! Thank you!

    • Rachael May 29, 2012, 11:54 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! I’ll let Bill know! It’s funny, we were just daydreaming about that sauce last night. I’m going to have to have him make that one again soon. :)

  • Michelle October 16, 2012, 10:48 am

    We had this dish but we used hamburger instead of turkey. My husband and I loved the relish but REALLY LOVED the spicy mayo!!! A total hit!! The mayo is a great dip as well, we dipped our french fries in it too!!! Yum-o!!

    • Rachael October 16, 2012, 5:57 pm

      Hi Michelle! I’ll say thank you on Bill’s behalf… we’re glad you loved it! :)

  • Michelle October 16, 2012, 10:49 am

    Forgot to rate it….sorry…here is our rating! ;)


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