Pot Sticker Burgers with Spicy Asian Slaw


Pot Sticker Burgers with Spicy Asian Slaw take the work out of filling, sealing, and sauting pot stickers. Unique and tasty! 


Workouts are back! 

It’s seriously been a hot minute since I last posted a workout on IGE! After spending most of the hottest June and July EVAH in the confines of the gym, I resurfaced in a cooler August to do the majority of my running and walking in the glorious outdoors – aka no new fun treadmill routines to report.

Until today.

It poured and poured and poured all morning and afternoon (our dead lawn rejoices!) so I had no choice but to head to the gym to get a workout in. I hopped on the rotating wheel of death treadmill and completed this 35 minute 5-4-3-2-1 Treadmill Routine:

That’s 5 minutes at 6.5mph, 4 minutes at 6.6, 3 minutes at 6.7, 2 minutes at 6.8 and 1 minute at 6.9 – then repeat!

Afterwards, I reunited with the Stair Master for 5 minutes, until I was forced to come down due to sweat cascading into my eyes. Hawt. It was like 1,000 degrees in my gym! I cooled off by driving home with my car windows wide open, letting the cool, post-rain air wash over me.

Amazing, but it made me feel sad that summer is almost over. Right?!

Alas, there was no time to be sad…Pot Sticker Burgers with Spicy Asian Slaw needed to be made!


Pot Sticker Burgers happen when you have a craving for pot stickers, but are feeling far too lazy to individually wrap, crimp and seal a million of them. They have all the flavor of a tender, pan fried then steamed pot sticker dunked in a spicy, vinegary dipping sauce – but take under 20 minutes to make. Score!


Pot Sticker Burgers with Spicy Asian Slaw

Serves 4


Pot Sticker Burgers with Spicy Asian Slaw take the work out of filling, sealing, and sauting pot stickers. Unique and tasty!


  • Pot Sticker Burgers:
    • 1lb 99% fat-free ground turkey breast
    • 1 egg
    • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce or gluten-free tamari (dish will not be GF if using soy sauce)
    • 2 green onions, sliced
    • 1 clove garlic, microplaned or finely minced
    • 1/2" knob fresh ginger, microplaned or finely minced
    • 1-1/2 cups coleslaw mix, roughly chopped
    • Non-stick spray
  • Spicy Asian Slaw:
    • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce or gluten-free tamari (dish will not be GF if using soy sauce)
    • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon water
    • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more)
    • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
    • 1 green onion, sliced
    • 4 cups coleslaw mix


  1. For the burgers: Mix all burger ingredients together, then shape into 4 equal patties. Spray each side of the burger with non-stick spray, then grill for 4-5 minutes a side, or until turkey is no longer pink in the middle.
  2. For the slaw: Mix ingredients from soy sauce through green onion in a bowl. Add the coleslaw mix and toss to combine. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for 15 minutes before topping grilled burgers.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.


The burger tastes exactly like the filling of a pot sticker, while the spicy slaw tastes like a yummy dipping sauce!


It’s one of those meals where your mouth plays tricks on your brain. You taste pot sticker, but you see burger. It’s wild – and yummy. Plus one burger and 1/4 of the coleslaw comes in at 200 calories on the nose. Much healthier than pan-frying an egg roll-wrapped pot sticker, no?


Also – word to the wise – the burger + slaw recipe uses about 1 package of Dole pre-made coleslaw mix, which makes this meal that much easier to make!




At this point: Team Summer or Team Fall?

After today’s cool weather scare, I’m totally Team Summer!

Are you more fit in the winter or summer?

I find I’m more fit in the winter. I’m more likely to go to the gym when it gets dark at 4:30pm than sit at home and twiddle my thumbs. Plus I usually do more than just run at the gym – like spend time on the step mill or stair master. When I work out in the outdoors in the summer though, I usually just run or walk then come home and shower without doing a whole lot of extra stuff. Plus, beer just tastes better in the summer, which is a whole lotta added empty calories!

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  1. Team fall by a long shot! I love warmth and beach days, but I always get way more excited about soy lattes and all the cute fall clothes – plus the fact that each day gets me closer to holiday season!

  2. Kaela Wells 08.30.2011

    I thought I did before, but now I really do think I love you. Pot stickers are my favorite, and here’s a healthy alternative. Thanks so much! I cannot wait to try it!

  3. Amy 08.30.2011

    I’m team fall, most definitely! Fall is by far my favorite season. It’s so pretty and the temps are perfect – jeans and t’s by day, maybe a sweater at night. Awesomesauce! Plus, fall is the start of school, and the nerdy girl in me still thinks years come and go by the school calendar, not the actual calendar! ;)

    I have never had a pot sticker before. This recipe looks interesting!

    • Amy 08.30.2011

      Oh and on a funny note, I hate that stairmill at our gym. That’s what I think of as the rotating wheel of death. Everyone on it looks MISERABLE. The yoga teacher always tries to recruit people off it to come to her classes, lol! ;) I want one of those rotating climbing things on Biggest Loser. Now that would be death!

  4. Ashley McFadin 08.30.2011

    Team fall!! I can’t wait for hawkeye football to start!

  5. girliefriend 08.30.2011

    Will you marry me? I’ll gladly share you with Ben. These look amazing! I like that you put cabbage in the burger it will help to keep them moist. On the menu list for the week. Thanx Kristin!

  6. Spicy asian slaw sounds right up my alley & would be an awesome dish to bring to a party. I love how creative you are in the kitchen!

  7. T 08.30.2011

    You have NO IDEA how excited I am about these burgers! Yum!!!

  8. I’m def still on Team Summer! I’m usually more fit in the summer…I think its the bikini-motivation. And while I like yummy beer in the summer…I think I like yummy red wine in the winter more :)

  9. Stefanie 08.30.2011

    I’m all about team fall, but you are SO right about the empty calories in beer. It was so hot this summer I drank more than my fair share (you’re right beer taste better when it’s hot) but since starting some new meds, alcohol is now a “no-no”, and I think my waistline is happy :)

  10. Em 08.30.2011

    I am totally a Team Summer lady.

    Thanks for this recipe! I have some ground turkey in the freezer that’s been calling my name!

  11. Lauren 08.30.2011

    I love your 5,4,3,2,1 workout! I use this all the time when I’m doing speed work.

  12. Since moving to Texas I am definitely a Team Fall. I looked like I had gone swimming not running (plodding) this morning. The burgers look quite delicious.

  13. I’m usually team fall – (and this year I still am) but with my two girls, summer makes me feel like a kid again – so I didn’t mind it so much this year. I LOVE fall in Nebraska – can’t beat it. Hopefully we have another great one this year!!

    Thanks for another fantastic recipe!

  14. kristen 08.30.2011

    WOW, those look insanely delicious!! This is FOR SURE added onto my “to make” list (as in, probably tomorrow!)

    Also, I’m team fall all the way. Can’t beat that crisp, fresh air and all the pretty leaves!

  15. That. burger. looks. so. good. I have an immediate craving for potstickers now…. but no way to quench it. Chinese tomorrow maybe?

    As for being fit… in Seattle, I was much more fit during the summer season. In Southern California though, I’m much more fit during the winter. I don’t want to do ANYTHING to induce more. sweat. in the summertime here… so workouts are really not appealing. It cools down to the 70’s during winter so I can actually enjoy myself!

  16. I can’t wait to try these. I love pot stickers, but the hub isn’t too keen on them, so perhaps this might be a happy compromise.

    And I am team fall by a long shot. Football, my birthday, pumpkins, sweaters, boots…and I’m in better shape too. Much easier to go the gym after work than like you said “sit home and twiddle my thumbs.”

  17. These look PHENOMENAL!! Period. Can’t wait to try them – esp since I’ve had a weird obsession with cole slaw mix lately (yea, not sure haha?) :)

  18. Melissa 08.30.2011

    team fall! I hate being hot so I’m a fall/winter gal all the way.
    I love throwing on a hoodie or fleece after a good workout!

  19. Jill 08.30.2011

    Team fall. We definitely share all of the same TV guilty pleasures!

  20. Fall or Spring, running outside when it is warm enough for shorts, but just cool enough so you don’t feel like death is the best!

  21. Kate 08.30.2011

    These look amazing!! I’m all about Team Summer right now, especially now that the temps have dropped so that we don’t really go above 90 anymore. I could stay in the 80s forever!

  22. Love the preshredded coleslaw mix :D
    Those asian flavors seem to really add a lil something different! I’ve been looking for “new” burger ideas.. and this fits the bill perfectly!

  23. Sarah 08.30.2011

    I’m so torn on team fall vs. summer – I’m really, really tired of it being 90+…but I’m not ready for snow! And it only seems to be “fall” in CO for about a week before it starts snowing….so I don’t know. I wouldn’t mind a day in the 70s, that’s for sure!!

  24. KRW 08.31.2011

    Totally team fall. TV gets sooo much better!
    So I have this friend who is temporarily on a liquid diet. I want to bring her some delicious broth. But how can you spice up broth? (But not literally. Spicy foods not advised at this time.)

  25. This recipe looks amazing. Cannot wait to try it.

    Thanks for posting your treadmill workout. I love to see what other people do. I also like to add big incline at the end, it seems to stretch my glutes and calves out after the run.

  26. Whitney 08.31.2011

    Glad I’m not the only one too lazy to make potstickers! Yikes. Love them, but seriously … thanks for the alternative!

  27. Hope 08.31.2011

    I love potstickers and the sauce that goes with them. So I’m sure that I would totally love this burger! I’m definitely going to have to try it! :)

  28. Erica 08.31.2011

    Team Summer!!!Life just seems better in the summer probably because I am more fit! It is so much easier to go for a nice run outside then haul myself to the gym in the winter.

  29. Katie 08.31.2011

    Definitely fall. You got the storm that woke me up at 3:30 here in eastern Nebraska. I enjoyed the slightly cooler weather yesterday before the 90s return for the next few days. The burgers look fantastic although I think your recipe would be great as meatballs, which my kids would love. I used the coleslaw mix (HyVee brand) as a base for a Thai chicken and peanut salad.

  30. Dawn Marie 08.31.2011

    Let’s see, in October, going to Portland and visiting fam… and then looking forward to a beautiful hotel in Cambria in November, ocean view and fireplace! So for both trips, I want the weather to be drizzly and overcast so I can enjoy wine and fire! ;-) Cozy.

    Horseback riding in weather is far better than in heat as well.

  31. Sarah T. 08.31.2011

    Team Fall all the way! Autumn is by far my favorite season! Love the crispness in the air, the cups of steaming apple cider, the changing leaves and cool evenings snuggled under a blanket. Bring it!

  32. Liz 08.31.2011

    TEAM FALL, heck Team Winter, bring on the snow! This recipe looks amazing. My boyfriend loves potstickers so I’ll be sure to make it for him soon.

  33. Kris 08.31.2011

    Definitely Team Fall! My favorite season!

    Question: Do you make a weekly grocery budget? And if so, what is it? I’m trying to start doing that at home…

    Love your blog!

  34. Sarah 08.31.2011

    I am totally making these next week! Holy yum!! Not sure I’ve mentioned this before, but now that I’m living with my boyfriend in a tiny apartment and cooking for two on a budget, you have become my guru. Thanks for some seriously awesome ideas! :)

  35. I’m much more fit during the summer. With bikini season and the light foods of summer, I definitely feel healthier. I also tend to drink a lot more water when it’s hot out!

    I get sucked into the rich foods and the “I-just-want-to-curl-up-in-a-blanket” mode during the winter!

  36. Melissa 08.31.2011

    Holy deliciousness! Would you please come over and make these for me?!?

    I am a summer person–all the way. I love fall, too, but heat is my favorite. I’m fitter in the summer, too, because the sun seems to give me more energy. In the winter, I can cozy up on the couch and snack my way through an afternoon like nobody’s business!

  37. Jenn 08.31.2011

    Team fall! although, I will miss summer because of the endless possibilities of activity I will not miss the extreme heat!

  38. These look wonderful! I make a meatball similar to this and LOVE it!

    I am team Fall and am totally more fit in the winter. I feel like I eat better in the winter and have better workouts!

  39. Slaw is made and burgers are getting close to cooking. Thanks for this – the hubby is a pot sticker maniac and this may make life so much easier!

    Team Fall over here!

  40. Love the interval workout, I’m going to give it a try!

  41. Maureen 09.01.2011

    I made these last night, they were amazing! Thank you :)

  42. Ok, these look awesome too. I’m so glad I found your web site on my menu writing week :)

  43. Christen 09.01.2011

    bye bye summer. I wasn’t really feeling it (even though I work at a university and saw the summer come to an end last week in that regard) until I realized yesterday morning that the sun is no longer helping me wake up in the morning! that really did me in. I think it’s time to get one of those sunlight simulation alarm clocks

  44. Rita K. 09.01.2011

    I just love your photography! As much as all of your recipes sound amazing, the photography is the “icing on the cake”, so to speak. I can’t say that one season beats out any other. Just when I’m getting sick of one, another one starts, so there’s this constant change. There’s always somethng I look forward too as each seaon begins. Go Hawks! : )

  45. Allison 09.02.2011

    I’m definitely team summer for the warm weather but team fall for the beautiful scenery… It’s a toss up!

  46. Heather 09.03.2011

    I made this the other night for supper. Our Whole Foods doesn’t sell coleslaw mix so I bought some loose shredded napa cabbage from the veggie bar (this bizarre area where prepped vegetables are available at an extraordinary markup — I usually wouldn’t indulge, but I didn’t want to have most of a head of cabbage left!) and two carrots. Next time I’ll buy more — I didn’t have quite enough to make as much slaw as indicated. I also used fresh ginger in the slaw dressing instead of powdered. Rather than flip the burgers, I sandwiched them in my Griddler (in panini mode), spraying the plates rather than the burgers. Otherwise, I made the recipe as indicated.

    The ground turkey we got was fairly…juicy, for lack of a better word, so with the inclusion of egg and soy sauce, it was awfully wet. Forming patties was a rough effort, but I figured the Griddler would smash them into a general patty shape and I was right. We loved this meal! I’d probably serve it on a bed of steamed brown rice next time just to add a little more bulk and some carbs, but it was delicious. Going in the recipe file!

  47. Jodi 09.06.2011

    Looking forward to fall, but I will SO miss the summertime! These burgers look amazing!! I seriously love anything with shredded cabbage. Yummy. Thank you for the recipe :)

  48. Hannah Fahey 09.07.2011

    I made these last weekend for our block party and they were a HUGE success!!! I bought regular burgers for the guys, not thinking they would like these, and they ended up only eating these turkey burgers with the slaw. LOVE THIS recipe!! It was the first one I tried from your site and I am excited to try more!

  49. Sarah 09.07.2011

    My 13 year old daughter made these for us for dinner while I was on the treadmill last night – they were awesome and she loved them! Thank you for sharing

  50. Colleen 09.08.2011

    made these tonight for dinner and they are SO delish!! my brother & sis-in-law also loved them – the only sad thing is that i didn’t double the recipe so i could have leftovers for lunch tomorrow! thanks for a GREAT recipe – i’ve been telling everyone about these!

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