Thursday, September 10, 2009

tamarind turkey burgers and miso broccoli slaw

i like my beef burgers pretty plain with good cheddar or blue cheese but turkey burgers need help and i've got all sorts of ways to do it. this is a new great one. tamarind is a seed and pod. its used a lot in asian and hispanic cooking. these burgers are sour, sweet and tangy.

Tamarind Turkey Burgers


  • 1 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup tamarind concentrate* (found in middle eastern markets)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp tamarind glaze
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 red jalapeño chile with seeds, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground natural turkey
  • Large lettuce leaves for wrapping
  • Garlic/ginger mayonnaise for garnish

For glaze:
Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add tamarind concentrate, honey, and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thick enough to coat spoon and reduced to 1 1/4 cups, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Cool completely (volume will reduce as glaze cools); mix in lime juice.

For burgers:
Stir mayonnaise, ginger, garlic, soy, fish sauce, salt, jalapeño, bl
ack pepper, and 2 tbsp glaze in large bowl to blend; mix in green onions. Add ground turkey; blend gently (do not pack tightly). Shape mixture into patties, I make mine 8 oz. pepper and salt both sides. Make ahead and chill so they stay together better.

Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Grill burgers on first side then flip and glaze until cooked through and thermometer inserted into center registers 160°F, about 8 minutes per side. Brush other side with more glaze. Place 1 burger, on a lettuce leave with garlic/ginger mayo, onions and tomatoes. Top each with onion, tomato, lettuce, and roll top. Serve, passing remaining glaze separately.

Miso slaw

Miso dressing:

1/3 cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons yellow or red miso
3 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 tsp sugar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp soy
1/4 cup olive oil

¼ cup mayonnaise

Mix everything in a blender.

Salad ingredients

1 package trader joes broccoli slaw

½ bunch chopped green onions

4 cups chopped spinach

½ cup finely chopped roasted almonds

Mix dressing and salad ingredients in a large bowl. Garnish with almonds and chill.

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