Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce


Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce are a delicious twist on plain, dry turkey burgers.


If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my 28 years on this earth, it’s that some things are simply worth paying more for, to get a better quality product or overall experience. Things like…

Workout clothes (the cheap stuff never fits right,) name brand chunky canned soup (my brother learned this the hard way,) beer (’nuff said,) and direct flights (I can’t even mentally go back here.)

Oh yeah, and grill covers.

Ben and I thought we scored a sweet deal when we snagged a $15 no-name grill cover on clearance at a home improvement store last Fall, until the first hint of a winter wind came along and tore this thing apart like it was made of tissue paper! FAIL.

I’m afraid to open the lid and find out what the grates look like underneath, which I should probably do sooner rather than later as grilling season will seriously be here before we know it (whee!) Until that bright and shiny day though, I’m getting my grilling food fix in the form of Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce that are better cooked indoors than out!

Made with lean ground turkey breast, fresh veggies, and a savory peanut sauce, these burgers are hearty, filling and ultra-tasty, but are best “grilled” in a skillet indoors. Perfect!


Start the Thai Turkey Burgers by making the peanut sauce that goes into the burger patties AND on top once they’re cooked. Just throw flavorful ingredients like soy sauce or gluten-free tamari, peanut butter, garlic, chili-garlic sauce and ground ginger into a food processor and let ‘er rip.


Save part of the sauce to slather on top of the cooked burgers, and use the rest of it to mix into the burger patties.


Which is what we move to next! Start with 1lb 99% fat-free ground turkey breast (I use Jennie-O brand,) then add in shredded carrot and finely chopped broccoli. Since they’re finely shredded/chopped, the veggies will cook perfectly with the burgers.

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Add in a sliced green onion, 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro, and the remaining peanut sauce.

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Top with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and red chili pepper flakes, then put your rings somewhere safe and mix it all up with yer mitts.


Form the mixture into 4 patties then place on a hot skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. Cook for 3-4 minutes then spray the top with more non-stick spray and flip, cooking for another 3 minutes, or until the turkey is no longer pink in the middle. You could cook these on an outdoor grill, but ground turkey is a little more “wet” than ground beef, so there’s a bigger risk of them falling through the grates.


Toast up some buns – or Sandwich Thins if you’re lookin’ for 100 calories or less – and top with a cooked burger patty, 2 teaspoons of the reserved peanut sauce, and some crunchy baby spinach, then dig into the deliciousness!


Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce

Makes 4 burgers


Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce are a delicious twist on plain, dry turkey burgers.


  • 1 lb 99% fat-free lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 buns
  • baby spinach leaves
  • For the peanut sauce:
    • 3 Tablespoons smooth peanut butter
    • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 Tablespoon water
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Create peanut sauce by combining peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, water, garlic, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, honey and ground ginger in a food processor or blender. Blend until very smooth. Reserve 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons and set aside.
  2. Combine remaining peanut sauce with turkey, carrots, broccoli, green onion, cilantro, salt and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Mix well and form into 4 patties. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick spray. Cook patties for 3-4 minutes on one side, then spray the top with more non-stick spray. Flip and cook for 3-4 more minutes or until burgers are no longer pink in the middle.
  3. Place a burger patty on each bun and top with 2 teaspoons of the reserved peanut sauce. Add baby spinach for crunch and serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


I HEART this peanut sauce. It is incredibly rich and savory, and goes so well with the light turkey burger which is super moist from the carrots and broccoli added directly into the patty.


As delish as the sauce is, the thing that tickles me the most is the fact that the whole Thai Turkey Burger, including a Sandwich Thin, clocks in at just 350 calories and 10 grams of fat, AND has nearly 40 grams of protein!


Add in freshly steamed broccoli on the side, and you’ve got yourself a winner of a dinner, my friends.


PS the peanut sauce is the same sauce I use in my Thai Tofu Pizza and P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps. I’m thinking about adding more rice vinegar and maybe even lime juice and ginger into the mix and making a Thai Ginger Vinaigrette out of it sometime. YUM!


In other news, I put the pedal to the medal this weekend and got ALL our tax stuff together for our accountant (which is also worth paying more for, imo) but my parents still hold a few pieces to the puzzle (college loan interest stuff) so I’m paying them a visit this evening to collect, and snag some cereal for dessert in the process.

Parents always have the best cereal, and I am this close to polishing off my box of Whole Hearts in ohhhh, less than 5 days. I will not have another repeat of Nature’s Path Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise-gate where I demolished an entire Costco-sized box in less than two weeks. Why’s it so hard to stop at one bowl of cereal I ASK YOU!?



“My favorite cereal right now is _________, but my favorite cereal of all time is _________.”

“I think paying more for _________ is worth the extra money!”

My favorite cereal right now is Quaker Whole Hearts, but my favorite cereal of all time is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. :) By the way, does anyone have any great gluten free cereal recommendations?

Also, I think paying more for Australian licorice is definitely worth the extra money.

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  1. Those look right up our alley!! I’ll add them to the list :)
    As for the questions:
    “My favorite cereal right now is kashi go lean crunch, but my favorite cereal of all time is Cracklin’ Oat Bran”

    “I think paying more for great food is worth the extra money!”

  2. I’m definitely with you on paying more for the quality stuff. It’s just not worth trying to save a dollar here or there when you end up buying a brand new one altogether.

    As for these burgers, wow! They look AH-FREAKING-MAZING! I’ve been making lots of Thai these last couple of weeks so this fits perfectly in my menu. Plus, they’re turkey burgers so I’m sure they’re SUPER healthy, right?

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  3. Dee 02.27.2012

    My favorite cereal right now is cheerios, but my favorite cereal of all time is Basic 4 or Fruity Pebbles (HUGE DIFFERENCE).”

    “I think paying more for Nutella rather than store brand “nutella” is worth the extra money!”

  4. Dinner looks awesome! I’m currently loving gluten free rice crispis with vanilla almond milk, yummy!

  5. Lauren 02.27.2012

    I was just looking at some turkey burger recipes and was thinking of making my Apricot Turkey Burgers this week…but now…I’m not so sure. :) These look incredible!

  6. “My favorite cereal right now is Kashi Go Lean, but my favorite cereal of all time is Peanut Butter Puffins.”

    i had turkey burgers as well tonight, but they were missing the peanut butter! damn :)

  7. Meghan 02.27.2012

    Pinning this recipe now! My favorite cereal is and always will be Honey Nut Cheerios.

    I agree that a direct flight (or the most direct flight possible) is worth the price. Also worth the price? Name brand cheese- specifically Tillamook!

  8. You know I love it when you cook turkey!

    Not sure where you shop, but if you can buy ground turkey that comes from West Liberty Foods, it was more than likely raised in Iowa. West Liberty doesn’t have a “brand” per say, but I know the Fareway meat counters now have WL turkey! Not sure about the other stores but if you ask, they should be able to tell you if it came from WL.

  9. I will definitely be making these this week! Looks great! :)

  10. erin 02.27.2012

    My favorite cereal right now is steel cut quick oats, but my favorite cereal of all time is Cracklin’ Oats Bran.
    I think it’s worth paying more for good shoes. Especially when you’re on your feet all day at work!

  11. That looks so flavorful! I love Thai (and other Asian) flavors. Wish my hubby wasn’t so plain Jane palate. :(

  12. Tracy B. 02.27.2012

    Favorite cereal right now: low-fat triple berry granola from trader joes, its an addiction. favorite cereal of all time: blueberry muffin tops, the kind that comes in a bag! SOOOO good but I would eat the whole thing in a few days so its not allowed in the house!

  13. Amy @Picture It 02.27.2012

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love turkey burgers and I’m always looking for new recipes to try out. Thanks!!

  14. Austin Kara 02.27.2012

    All of the rice chex cereals are gluten free and amazing! The honey nut chex is the best followed by the chocolate!!!!

  15. Amy 02.27.2012

    “My favorite cereal right now is Fruity Pebbles, but my favorite cereal of all time is a tie between Basic 4 and Cookie Crisp.” What can I say, I like sugary cereals!! LOL!

    “I think paying more for clothes is worth the extra money!” I’m a bigger girl, so I really need clothes to fit me well in order not to look sloppy or have things tug in all the wrong places.

    Interesting Thai burgers. I may give those a shot!

  16. Sarah H 02.27.2012

    Agreed with Austin Kara about Chex cereal- all of their flavors are delicious, ESPECIALLY Honey Nut. Seriously so delish.
    Another GF cereal that I love is Nature Path’s Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise. Be careful though, it’s addicting!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.27.2012

      That’s the kind that I demolished a Costco sized box in less than 2 weeks – soooo good!

  17. shandy (@webgals) 02.27.2012

    My favorite cereal right now is Peanut Butter Cheerios (genius) and my favorite of all time is Corn Chex. Though truth be told, I only eat my cereal dry.

  18. Brittney 02.27.2012

    I’ve tried to like peanut sauce so many times, but I can’t get the “peanut butter goes with sweets” thing outta my palette.

    My favorite cereal right now is Grape Nuts (or Hy-Vee’s Nutty Nuggets) but my favorite of all time is Reese’s Puffs.

    Cable TV is worth the extra money– I’m so tired of five channels!

  19. kate 02.27.2012

    Where all can you get this natures path vanilla sunrise? I can’t eat gluten and get tired of my chex every once in a while (although I think cinnamon chex is the best GF cereal of all the ones I’ve tried).

  20. Stefanie 02.27.2012

    Urgh I wish we could get into eating ground Turkey but just can’t. Something about Turkey not in breast from or a turkey leg I can’t do. I feel the same way about ground chicken, weird. Glad you like the Whole Hearts, I scored a free box and wasn’t passing up the deal, even without trying it first!

    • JennyV 02.27.2012

      My husband & I cannot due ground chicken, but ONLY do ground turkey or venison — never beef. Weird!

      I LOVE Cap N Crunch — but never buy it. Never buy any cereal for that matter.

      Worth paying more — PLASTIC WRAP!

  21. Amanda 02.27.2012

    My favorite cereal right now is Dulce de Leche Cheerios, but my favorite cereal of all time is Boo Berry.

  22. Lindsey 02.27.2012

    Yes, I picked up a box of Whole Hearts & love it too!! Also love Quaker Oatmeal Squares with brown sugar!

    Not a big fan of peanut sauce… bummer!

  23. Danielle 02.27.2012

    Your recipe sounds really good! I’ve never tried putting veggies in my burgers. I’ll have to do that!

  24. Your burgers look awesome.

    My favorite cereal right now is Quaker Oatmeal squares cinnamon flavor. My favorite cereal of all time is Cinnamon toast crunch !

    I think paying more for a nice haircut is worth the money!

  25. Kelsey 02.27.2012

    My favorite cereal right now is Honey Bunches of oats with strawberries.

    Oh, and I don’t skimp on wallets for the hubs, toilet paper, or paper towels

  26. Lindsay 02.27.2012

    Favorite cereal right now….Honey Nut Oatmeal Squares. Favorite of all time…Cinnamon Life or Mini Wheats.

    It’s totally worth it to go name brand on detergent and shampoo!

  27. Michelle 02.27.2012

    Favorite cereal right now..Fiber One Original..Favorite of all time, probably Life or Wheaties- I like the basic ones! It’s totally worth it to pay more for going out to eat sometimes. I like the experience, and life’s too short!

  28. Shellee 02.27.2012

    I purchased this BBQ on eBay, and thought you might want to check it out.

    The same cover was $80 at our local patio store.

    This cover has leg attachment so the wind will not tear it off, and has a vent-like feature so you do not have to worry about mildew.

    Good luck!

  29. Shellee 02.27.2012

    BBQ Cover!

    Darn “auto correct”!

  30. Kaelin 02.27.2012

    My favorite cereal right now is Kashi Go Lean Crisp – Berry Crumble….. but my all time favorite is Lucky Charms.

  31. This recipe is so creative! Looks like something I would love.

    I always make sure to buy brand name lotion (specifically, St. Ives). Generic lotion is always oily or not moisturizing enough!

  32. Amanda 02.27.2012

    Right now I love Special K Low Fat Granola (however when you eat half the box the low fat doesn’t really work out!). I have so many favorites it is hard to name one. Captain Crunch Crunch Berries have always been a favorite but I haven’t had them in years! Peanut Butter Crunch too. Yum! Loving the Whole Hearts too. Half a box gone in 2 days…oops!

  33. Oh so many things are worth the extra money! First, Athleta or Lululemon workout clothes are the best! I refuse to buy any other brand, they last forever and you save money in the long run, pun intended. I wore these brands while training and running for the Chicago Marathon, the best!! Food for sure, I spend an obscene amount of money on food a month, but it is worth it. Finally, sheets for my bed. I spent a small fortune on a set we still have almost 8 years later, soft as can be and the most amazing quality. Worth every. single. penny.

  34. Debbie 02.27.2012

    I’m in Minnesota and we grill allllll winter!

  35. SwoodsonVintage 02.27.2012

    we did that exact same thing with our grill cover! iowa wind blew it to bits – now we’re in kansas where its even worse, we invested in a canvas one from amazon.

  36. AC 02.27.2012

    shoes!!! Achy feet are SO not worth the savings… I’d rather pay more for quality! You can spend less, but they will fall apart sooner, so you just have to buy again… and its not worth the aches & pains- literally & figuratively!

  37. kate 02.27.2012

    I don’t eat cereal, but I used to love LIFE!
    Worth paying the extra $$$: face tissues (with lotion), shampoo/conditioner, cheese, and coffee.

  38. Shannon 02.27.2012

    Jeans are worth paying more for. Although I’m not one to pay much more than $100 on a pair. Favorite cereal? Hmmm….probably a good granola. And oatmeal. : )

  39. James 02.27.2012

    if you substitute lime juice for the rice vinegar it will be a little more authentic – and tasty.

  40. Evelyn 02.27.2012

    I am loving your recipes. I can’t wait to try it.

  41. Kelly 02.27.2012

    A great pair of black (comfortable!) pumps are worth paying a little extra for! Have to also agree with jeans hard to find the right/last more than 1 year pair of jeans without paying a little more.

    Favorite cereal right now is banana nut cheerios, but my favorite cereal of all time is cinnamon toast crunch. These, however, are NOT allowed in my cupbaord..they’d last maybe a day.

  42. This looks amazing!!! Pinned! Making it stat.

    I don’t eat much cereal now a days, but I did love Apple Jacks! I hate when people buy super cheap paper towels or toilet paper!!!!

  43. UMMM yummmmm!! You always knock out amazing meals. It is ALWAYS better to pay more money for shoes. Blisters are never worth it.

  44. I will pay more money for a really good Extra Virgin Olive Oil, there are somethings that are worth the extra money!

  45. Robin Flores 02.27.2012

    First of all, these look ridiculously amazing! Can’t wait to try them, hopefully this week!
    Second of all, cereal is the perfect dessert imo and I think my current fav is Puffins (honey rice flavor) which are gluten free! They have a hint of almond flavor? or something and they are lightly sweet. Yummy dry or with coconut milk on them.
    Favorite cereal of all time is chocolate cheerios

  46. papapapaPEANUT SAUCE! My fave! Brilliant!

  47. Food Rookie 02.27.2012

    My husband is with you on the Australian licorice. He just introduced me to it, and I was instantly hooked!

  48. Reina 02.28.2012

    I’m totally addicted to the Special K Cinnamon Pecan. Reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch but not as much sugar.

    And I’m always willing to pay more for shoes and bread. Never get Sara Lee. Yuck.

  49. Meagan 02.28.2012

    I love cereal! (the healthier kinds) I still love Cinnamon Toast Crunch but I never buy it because I know it will be gone fast! I have so many other favourites but cereal can get expensive so I’m making my own granola right now. I kind of want to try the Quaker Whole Hearts. I also have a few more on my to try list haha I wish there was a cereal sample truck or something! :P

  50. Darien 02.28.2012

    My favorite of ALL time is le lechera corn flakes, discontinued. I am gf these days though, so I can attest that honey nut chex are to die for. If you’re looking for a TREAT cereal, fruity pebbles are gf and sweet!

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