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Thai Turkey & Veggie Burger with Almond Butter Chili Sauce

Turkey burgers can be a great-tasting alternative to ground beef burgers. Today's recipe has a delicious Thai twist to it. When it comes to the ground turkey, you could use white or dark meat, but ground dark meat will have more flavor. As you'd expect, the burgers are pictured without the bun. They're delicious without the added starch and gluten. Add a side of roasted Brussels sprouts or a salad for a nutritious, delicious meal. If you have a recipe you'd like to share, please email your recipe and photos to  

Recipe by Healthy Living How To

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Serves: 2-4

Thai Turkey Burger

  • 1 lb. Ground Turkey
  • 1 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Each Finely Minced Organic Veggies
    • Shallot
    • Red Bell Pepper
    • Broccoli
    • Cilantro
    • Carrot

Almond Butter Chili Sauce

  • 3 Tbsp. Almond Butter
  • 1 Tbsp.  Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Vinegar 
  • 1 Tbsp.  Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos 
  • 1 Tbsp. Filtered Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Unrefined Expeller Pressed Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Organicville Foods Sriracha Sauce
  • 5-7 drops  NuNaturals Pure Liquid Clear Stevia
  • ¼ tsp. Organic Ground Ginger


1. With a very sharp knife, finely mince veggies.

2. Using clean hands, mix veggies with ground turkey and salt.

3. Form four even sized turkey burgers.

4. Pre-heat a seasoned cast iron skillet on medium-high heat, then cook the turkey burgers approximately four minutes per side.

5. While turkey burgers are cooking, whisk together the sauce ingredients until smooth.

6. Serve each burger with a generous spoonful of sauce and garnish with cilantro.

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Reader Comments (8)

Looks tasty but would help if ingredients were tupical, not so specialized. Look expensive to make.

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercathy

@Cathy, I purchased all of the ingredients at our local food co-op or at Whole Foods. These are staples in our pantry and replace the alternatives....I use coconut vinegar in place of white vinegar, coconut aminos in place of soy sauce, stevia instead of sugar. The rest of the ingredients you can find in your commercial grocery stores. Give the recipe a try, it really is outstanding!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHealthy Living How To

The name of this recipe made me salivate! Then I read the ingredients - decided immediately to not pursue - most are rare and unique. This would be too much of an investment for most - both time and purchasing the ingredients for 4 burgers. I would love to order the Thai Turkey burger, but I would never make it. I know you have strong positive intent to help people eat healthier. I encourage you to give your recipes the 80/20 reality screen before posting. What I mean by that is to ask yourself: Would 80 percent of our readers take us up on this recipe or are we speaking to the exception?

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

@Sue, what ingredients, specifically you are referring to? I offered up alternatives in my previous comment.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHealthy Living How To

I have to agree with Cathy and Sue... These are not "staples" in my cupboard and would be willing to bet they are not in 80% of the average LifeTime member. If you wanted to capture those 80% Average Janes, you might have said white vinegar and then mention in parenthesis (HLHT suggests Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Vinegar), soy sauce (etc). I personally use Bragg's Amino Acids but if this has a different flavor than coconut, it will change the recipe.

However in my mind, coconut anything has a distincitive flavor that could not be duplicated in a simple replacement. And this flavor difference may be enough for many of us to not like the Almond Butter Chili Sauce.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

@Julie, the Coconut Aminos and the Coconut Vinegar do not taste or smell like coconut. The Bragg's Lliquid Aminos would work well as a replacement in this recipe.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHealthy Living How To

I had no idea what the coco amino were and never would have guessed soy sauce could be subbed. I would have to make some subs to make this. It sounds wonderful truly does, but the cost of those specialty products would make this an expensive dish. This recipe sort of reminds me when Oprah lost all that weight and had a chef, Rosie, who cooked for her and subsequently made cookbook. Well the recipes were so complicated with ingredients much like this recipe.....not standard staples in the Average kitchen. I wound up selling that book in a garage sale and didn't make one recipe. Appreciate the effort in creating and posting.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercathy

@Healthy Living, thank you for the response. You may have already done this and I am too new to your site to know, but maybe it would be worth it to publish a grocery list of things you keep in your pantry. Explain why you have chosen those staples and list common substitutions. Why is the amino acids a better choice than soy sauce for example?

I am sure you recognized that many of us were intruiged by the recipe but were a little hesitant to commit to it until we knew more about the ingredients.

Thanks again for the response!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

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