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This delicious Turkey Burger bursts with Thai flavors and is topped with fresh and crunchy Asian Slaw, Cucumber Ribbons & Spicy Sriracha Aioli. Light, healthy, and Delicious! Video. Serve with Sweet Potato Fries.

Thai Turkey Burger Recipe with Carrot Cabbage Slaw, Cucumber Ribbons and Spicy Aioli. Light, healthy, FLAVORFUL! Easy to make. | #thaiturkeyburger #thaiburger #turkeyburger

Infused with fresh lemongrass, ginger, lime zest, shallots and basil, these Turkey Burgers are bursting with Thai flavor. They are topped with a crunchy Asian Slaw and fresh cucumber ribbons, and the buns are slathered with a spicy aioli basically like sriracha mayo. So much deliciousness happening here!

The burgers are great on the grill or can be pan-seared on the stovetop. Easy breezy!

 Thai Turkey Burger | 60-second video

Thai Turkey Burgers- with lemongrass, ginger & basil, topped w/ a Crunchy Asian Slaw and Spicy Aioli. Light, healthy, FLAVORFUL! Easy to make. | #thaiturkeyburger #thaiburger #turkeyburger

Turkey Burger Ingredients:

  • Ground turkey- or sub ground chicken, beef or lamb, or a plant-based “meat”. 
  • Shallots – add the BEST flavor here. Use red onion in a pinch.
  • Lemongrass -the star of the recipe, fresh is best but dried will work in a pinch!
  • Ginger- use fresh grated ginger root!
  • Garlic- and pungent flavor.
  • Lime zest- add lime flavor with out liquid.
  • Cilantro or Thai basil.

Thai Turkey Burgers- with lemongrass, ginger & basil, topped w/ a Crunchy Asian Slaw and Spicy Aioli. Light, healthy, FLAVORFUL! Easy to make. | #thaiturkeyburger #thaiburger #turkeyburger

What I love about these Turkey burgers are how they are loaded up with fresh healthy crunchy veggies!

Turkey Burger Components!

  • Turkey burger
  • Asian Slaw
  • Cucumber ribbons
  • Sriracha Aioli
  • Buns! Or serve over dressed greens, or in a lettuce wrap!

Thai Turkey Burgers- with lemongrass, ginger & basil, topped w/ a Crunchy Asian Slaw and Spicy Aioli. Light, healthy, FLAVORFUL! Easy to make. | #thaiturkeyburger #thaiburger #turkeyburger

The cucumber ribbons and Crunchy Asian slaw add refreshing texture and flavor.

Thai Turkey Burgers- with lemongrass, ginger & basil, topped w/ a Crunchy Asian Slaw and Spicy Aioli. Light, healthy, FLAVORFUL! Easy to make. | #thaiturkeyburger #thaiburger #turkeyburger

And then there is the spicy aioli….easy and yummy. Mix  Chili Paste like sambal or Sriracha, with either mayo, or vegan mayo or even tarter sauce. So tasty.

Low-carb Burger options!

  1. Serve in lettuce wraps and go totally bread-free.
  2. Serve the burger over the Asian slaw, as a main course salad.
  3. Create Burger Bowls!

A Delicious recipe for Thai Turkey Burgers- with lemongrass, ginger & basil, topped w/ a Crunchy Asian Slaw and Spicy Aioli. Light, healthy, FLAVORFUL! Easy to make. | #thaiturkeyburger #thaiburger #turkeyburger

Optional Additions!

On the homefront: Earlier this spring, I hosted a birthday gathering at my house for a couple of friends. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before – I’ve been meeting with a group of women friends every Thursday night for the past 20+ years. It has been a godsend and truly one of the best things in my life.

The group shifts, a few have come and gone through the years, and not everyone is present every single Thursday night, but for the most part, we gather as best we can, to eat, drink and commune. Together we ride the waves of our lives, supported, held up, loved.

Birthdays are extra special. We make a big deal of them, celebrating and honoring each other, and taking the pressure off our spouses to do this for us. So it was at one of these birthday celebrations that these Thai Turkey Burgers came to be.

What to serve with Turkey Burgers

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I hope you enjoy these Thai-inspired Turkey Burgers as much as we have! Let us know what you think in the comments below!



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Thai Turkey Burger with Crunchy Asian Slaw


Thai Turkey Burgers infused with lemongrass, ginger and basil, served with a Crunchy Asian Slaw and Spicy Aioli. Serve this on a tasty bun, in a lettuce wrap or over grains and greens for healthy bowl.


Units Scale

Turkey Burger:

  • 1 lb ground turkey ( see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons shallot, very finely diced ( or red onion)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves- finely minced ( or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Cilantro or Thai basil (or reg basil, or mint)
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1/21 jalapeño, seeded, finely chopped ( or substitute 1 Tablespoon sriracha sauce, or red chili sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (or sub soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper– optional

Crunchy Asian Slaw:

  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice ( or rice wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

Spicy Aioli:

Optional Additions: Toasted Buns, Cucumber Ribbons, pickled red onions ( yum), Pickled radishes, spicy greens like watercress, sprouts, avocado


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. ( see notes to pan-sear)
  2. Combine all the burger ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well using hands. With wet hands, shape into 3 burgers, 1-inch thick. Place on a plate in the fridge.
  3. Toss the slaw ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  4. Mix the spicy aioli ingredients together in a small bowl.
  5. Grill patties on a well-greased, pre-heated grill 4-5 minutes each side until golden and cooked through.
  6. Toast or grill the buns.
  7. Spread aioli on the bottom bun, top with the patty, then the slaw, cucumber ribbons (optional) , more aioli, then the top bun. Enjoy!!


  1.  To make cucumber ribbons, use a veggie peeler to make long thin slices. No need to peel English or Turkish cucumbers, but do peel those with thick waxy skins.
  2. The burger patties can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to grill.
  3. To Pan-Sear: heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet, over medium heat, pan sear turkey burgers until golden and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes on each side. Resist the urge to fiddle with them- let them develop a good crust before flipping. 🙂


  • Serving Size: 3 burgers
  • Calories: 442
  • Sugar: 7.4 g
  • Sodium: 738.7 mg
  • Fat: 30.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.8 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 31.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 112 mg

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  1. We normally don’t like ground turkey but this recipe had so much flavor! It will definitely be a regular dinner for us!

  2. These burgers are absolutely amazing!!!
    I love how the cooking time has been perfected and they are so juicy.
    The best burger I’ve ever made.
    Thank you so very much!!

  3. Absolutely love this recipe. Made it for the first time and will make again for sure. I made the burger in a bed if lettuce instead of a bun.

  4. Sylvia, Thanks for all of your great recipes! Your site is my go-to for healthy, delicious, plant-forward recipes as well as great meat additions for the carnivores in the family. Thanks again!

  5. Recently, Trader Joe’s started selling a ground turkey substitute. I didn’t buy it, as there wasn’t something that their soy crumbles (at half the price) could also do. Until I saw this recipe on Instagram.
    Wow. I made it exactly as written, only the packs of TJ’s product comes in 12 ounce bricks, but it’s far “wetter” than actual turkey, so I add panko to absorb the extra moisture, and to bring up the volume of “meat” so as to not be over-powered by the spice mixtures. It worked like a charm.
    They were formed into small patties to add to lunch bowls (quinoa is the base grain this week), along with the slaw, and the cucumbers.
    Thank you for posting this wonderful blend of flavor and texture. I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!

  6. I made this recipe a couple months back and loved it so much I have made it 4 more times. The flavors are incredible. My friend said it was the best dinner she has ever had and my college kids love it also.

      1. Great! Thank you! I’m also wondering what is the best sub if I can’t find lemongrass? I saw lemongrass paste and lemon zest as options, but I’m not sure which is better and how much to use.

  7. Love these! Great flavor! They are aHIT in our house!
    Can you make ahead and freeze these?

  8. Best turkey burgers I have EVER made, and I’ve made a lot of them! And best Asian slaw I have EVER made! The slaw is so simple, but absolutely delicious! Even my picky husband loved them! What a winner of a recipe! Thank you Sylvia!

  9. This is one of our all time fave recipes. We couldn’t find ground Turkey at the store this week so we went with ground chicken this time around – still worked great, just in case you find yourselves in the same boat!

  10. Really enjoyed these on homemade burger buns. The spicy aioli is critical and the Asian slaw adds a nice textural dimension. Will definitely make these again, but will likely increase the spices in the burger mix to help the Thai flavors really shine through. A tasty, healthy, and low fat burger alternative.

  11. This has become a go to in my house, everyone loves it!! The flavors are so delicious. Making them as meatballs tonight over a salad.

  12. Your recipes NEVER let me down. This burger is everything right–spicy, juicy and balanced with the satisfying crunch of the slaw. I will absolutely put this in the rotation for tasty, fast weeknight dinners. Thank you for your incredible creations.

  13. This recipe was awesome and my family loved it! My teenage son asked me to make it weekly! I cheated a bit and used a pre-made slaw bag but the recipe was perfect. Thank you!!!

    1. Love it Christina- AND that is not cheating! It is a good option during busy days. 🙂

  14. I love this recipe!!! It has all the balance of the salty, sweet, spicy, savory, sour…everything you expect from Thai food! I can see many ways it can be applied.

  15. Really flavorful, my whole family enjoy them. Made 4 pretty large burgers instead of 3, my husband nibbled up most of the last one while we cleaned the kitchen. The mix did seem fairly wet but cooked up fine without filler on the stovetop. Will definitely make again.

  16. I’ve always found turkey burgers bland and boring. These are incredible! I don’t change a thing about the recipe other than I use an actual aioli with the sriracha (it’s a staple here in Spain, so we always have some in the fridge). The first time I made them, I couldn’t sleep that night as I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I enjoyed them and was excited to have the leftovers for lunch the following day. I just mixed up a batch and put it in the fridge overnight for grilling tomorrow’s lunch for my husband’s family!! Once again, I’m up excited for tomorrow’s lunch. Can’t wait to impress them with these!!

  17. Whoa whoa whoa- you need to slow your awesomeness down. This is the 2nd recipe that I’ve made from your site and it was absolutely DELICIOUS! Boyfriend gave it a 9/10 and he can be quite the critic. I did make just a couple small tweeks- 1) my burger mix was pretty wet so I added some panko and an egg before forming into 4 patties instead of 3, 2) added a touch of sugar to the aioli to balance the heat from the garlic chili sauce, 3) cooked the burgers on a stove-top grill pan for about 10 minutes on each side. Will definitely be saving this recipe to make again soon!

  18. My whole family loved these! I left the jalapeños out of my daughter’s burger but I loved the spice!!!

  19. the BEST turkey burger ever …I can not sing this burger’s praises enough ….I didnt take a pic …the next day I had a very flavorless chow fun at a restaurant with my husband and it made think how this would be delish in a chow fun or lo mein..I followed the direction n chilled the meat then sauteed it like a ground meat ..ten mixed with rice noodles …I would have preferred a thinner noodle but was all I had… burger or saute this is a winner…I have pi. but dont know how to attach it

  20. Delicious first attempt. I did read other comments and adapted the recipe slightly with some oatmeal, breadcrumbs and an egg. Worked out amazingly well. Unfortunately my husband still prefers beef burgers!

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