News flash: Great burgers don’t have to be made of beef. Whether you’re trying to cut down on red meat consumption for health reasons, want to do your part to save the environment, or are just interested in expanding your sandwich horizons, there are plenty of ways to make a delicious, beef-free patty. Below, we’ve highlighted five creative burger recipes, none of which will have you asking, “Where’s the beef?”
1. Thai Turkey Burgers
Turkey burgers don’t have the greatest reputation. Poorly made patties can be dry and bland, but mixing a sweet and spicy sauce into the meat before you form the burgers adds both moisture and flavor. Serve on toasted whole wheat bun and top with a crunchy Asian slaw and you have one delicious burger. Recipe from How Sweet It Is.
For the burgers
- 1 pound 94% lean ground turkey
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup shredded carrots, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 whole-wheat buns, toasted
For the Thai sauce
- ½ cup sweet chili sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup light canned coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon-sized knob of ginger, grated
- 1 lime, juiced
- ½ tablespoon soy sauce
For the slaw
- 2 cups chopped Napa cabbage
- ¾ cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup chopped peanuts
Directions: Add all the sauce ingredients to bowl and whisk to combine. Measure out ¼ cup of the sauce and set aside. Transfer the remainder to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly. Set aside.
Combine the turkey, salt, pepper, green onions, shredded carrots, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the reserved sauce in a large bowl. Mix until just combined. If necessary, add a little more of the reserved sauce.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet set over medium-high heat. Shape the turkey mixture into patties, placing each patty in the skillet as soon as you form it. Cook each burger for 4 to 5 minutes, then flip and continue to cook for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until just cooked through.
To make the slaw, add the cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and peanuts to a bowl and toss to combine. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of the cooked sauce and toss again to coat.
Place each cooked burger on a toasted whole wheat bun and top with the cabbage slaw. Garnish with additional sauce if desired. Serve.