Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Southeast Asian Style Turkey Burgers with Pickled Cucumbers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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For pickled cucumbers:

1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 cup pickled ginger

1 English cucumber

For burgers:

1 large garlic clove

2 slices firm white sandwich bread

1 pound ground turkey

2 scallions, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro sprigs

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

4 hamburger buns


  1. In a bowl stir together vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chop ginger. Slice enough cucumber crosswise into 1/8-inch thick slices to measure 1 1/2 cups and add to vinegar with ginger, tossing well. Marinate at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Make burgers:

  1. Prepare grill or preheat grill pan.
  2. Mince garlic. In a blender tear bread slices and grind into fine crumbs. In a bowl with your hands mix garlic with bread crumbs and remaining burger ingredients until just combined (do not overmix) and form into four 1-inch thick patties. Season burgers with salt and pepper and grill on a lightly oiled rack set 5 to 6-inches over glowing coals about 5 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through. Transfer burgers to buns and top with drained cucumbers.

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