Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Thai-Style Turkey Burgers with Pickled Cucumbers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 7 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 12 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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For pickled cucumbers:

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

2 1/2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

1 seedless cucumber (about 1 pound), sliced very thin

For Burgers:

2 garlic cloves

1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped peeled fresh gingerroot

1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

3 teaspoons sugar

2 flat anchovy fillets

2 pounds ground turkey

1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste

4 sesame hamburger buns or onion rolls, split and toasted


  1. Make pickled cucumbers: In a small bowl stir together all pickled cucumber ingredients except cucumber until sugar and salt are dissolved. Add cucumber, stirring to coat well, and marinate 30 minutes.
  2. Make burgers: Prepare grill.
  3. Into a food processor with motor running, drop garlic and gingerroot. Add coriander, mint, basil, lime juice, sugar and anchovy fillets and blend well. In a bowl combine turkey, herb mixture, bread crumbs and cayenne and form into six 1-inch-thick patties. Season burgers with salt and pepper to taste and grill on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals 6 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through.
  4. Drain cucumbers. Transfer burgers to buns or rolls and top with pickled cucumbers.