Eating, hanging out with friends, and critiquing the advertisements is half the fun of the Superbowl, but there’s no need to sacrifice your health while enjoying good party food. Forgo the greasy chicken wings, and whip up a batch of these turkey lettuce wraps (a.k.a – gluten-free burger sliders), from my friend Cara, instead.
To many of my friends and family, I know this recipe sounds like old news. Not only have I made it over and over again, so have they. That’s why I know it’s good.
That’s right, we’re all getting our groove on about a turkey burger. Of course, it’s not just any turkey burger, trying unsuccessfully to disguise itself as an all-beef patty. What fun would that be? Instead, this turkey burger takes on a life of its own with creamy peanut butter, sweet carrots, toasty sesame oil, and kickin’ chili garlic sauce. After you try these turkey lettuce wraps, I can promise you one thing: the next time someone whines, “Are turkey burgers really as good as beef?” you’ll confidently answer, “No, they’re better.”
Special Diet Notes: Thai Peanut Turkey Burger Sliders
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally egg-free, optionally gluten-free, optionally grain-free, nut-free, and optionally soy-free.
For peanut-free turkey burger sliders, you can substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter.
- 8 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
- 1 medium carrot, shredded
- 1 large scallion, minced
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon + 1 to 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, divided
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt, to taste
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, preferably olive-oil based (can use a light or egg-free version)
- Handful of cilantro, finely minced
- chili garlic sauce, to taste
- Water, to thin, as needed
- Mini “buns” of choice (wheat-based, gluten-free, or bibb lettuce leaves), for serving
- Put the ground turkey, carrot, scallion, peanut butter, 1 teaspoon chili sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, and sesame oil in a medium bowl, and stir until combined.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Form the turkey mixture into 16 to 20 miniature sliders patties.
- Cook the patties for about 3 to 5 minutes per side, until cooked through.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, cilantro, and remaining 1 to 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, to taste. If desired, add a little water to thin the mixture.
- Serve the burgers on buns or in bibb lettuce leaves and top with the cilantro-chili mayo.