Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Southeast Asian Style Turkey Burgers with Pickled Cucumbers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 20 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, optional

1 English cucumber

For burgers:

1 large garlic clove

2 slices firm white sandwich bread

1 pound lean ground turkey

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 Tabasco

4 light hamburger buns


  1. In a bowl stir together vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved. If using ginger, chop. 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 mixture at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  2. Prepare grill.
  3. Mince garlic. Into 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 4 (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.

Southeast Asian Style Turkey Burgers

Southeast Asian Style Turkey Burgers with Pickled Cucumbers