Grilled Turkey Burgers with Thai Flavors

These turkey burgers get their rich flavor from a classic combination of Thai ingredients that include basil, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, and black pepper.

If available, we recommend using Thai basil for its unique, peppery, anise flavor.

You’ll also want to adjust the amount of black pepper according to your taste. We like bold black pepper flavor in these burgers, so we use a little more than what we call for in the ingredient list.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Thai Flavors

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Thai Flavors

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A combination of classic Thai ingredients that include basil, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, and black pepper gives these juicy turkey burgers a lot of pungent of flavor.


  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more or less to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chiffonade of fresh basil, Thai or sweet
  • 4 round rolls, we used deli thins


  • Red leaf lettuce
  • 1 to mato, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Sweet Thai chili sauce


  • Preheat a grill or broiler.
  • Place the ground turkey, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, pepper, salt and basil in a large bowl. Using your hands, combine thoroughly and form into 4 uniform patties.
  • Grill or broil the burgers for 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Transfer to a plate, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Line the bottom of each roll with lettuce, then add a burger. Top with a slice of tomato, several slices of cucumber and about a teaspoon of sweet Thai chili sauce.

Tips for Making This Recipe

Because we’re using fish sauce in this recipe, we’ve called for much less salt in both the burgers (and the fries below) than we normally would. If you omit the fish sauce, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the meat mixture and the same to the fries.
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