From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I really hope you'll give this recipe a try. These turkey burgers were inspired by an old Sara Moulton recipe and I must tell that this improvised version had my sox going up and down. This past weekend I had to stretch a a pound or so of turkey to feed 6 people. This is what I came up with. The burgers, which have an Asian flair, are delicious, but I want to shares some tips that will make them easier for you to prepare. This is a soft mixture, so you'll want to form the patties with damp hands. If possible, place the patties in the freezer for about 30 minutes to make the transfer to the frying pan easier. Make sure the oil is hot before you place them in the pan and then let them cook for 5 minutes without moving them around. When the patties are brown at the edges, they can be turned turned without falling apart. The patties should crust as they cook and that adds another layer of flavor to them. Ours tasted like they had been charcoal broiled. As you can see, I created a bed of lettuce, red onion and tomato for the burgers to rest on. The wasabi mayonnaise made a wonderful topping for them, but if you don't care for wasabi, a plain mayonnaise will do. I really enjoyed these burgers and I think you will too. Here is how they are made.
Asian-Style Turkey Burgers with Wasabi Mayo...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Sara Moulton
1-1/4 pounds ground turkey
1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 cup bean sprouts, chopped
4 scallions, finely chopped
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated or 1 teaspoon dried ground ginger
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
6 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
2 teaspoons wasabi paste
6 hamburger buns, toasted
1) To make turkey patties: Combine turkey, bell pepper, bean sprouts, scallions, egg white, cilantro, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Shape into 6 patties about 1/2 inch thick. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet until oil shimmers. Add turkey burgers and reduce heat to medium. Cook patties for 5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through, adding more oil as needed.
2) To make wasabi mayo: Combine mayonnaise, sesame oil, soy sauce and wasabi paste in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
3) Put a burger in each bun and top each with 1 tablespoon of the wasabi mayo. Yield 6 servings.
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