Asian Turkey Burgers with Wasabi Ketchup

Asian Turkey Burgers with Wasabi Ketchup

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I love to read. I love to read books. But I don't have time or the commitment to read books. So. I read magazines. 

Lots and lots and lots and lots of magazines. 

I have enough subscriptions to magazines to start my own library. 

One of these subscriptions is to Shape magazine. It makes me feel like I am doing something good for myself, even if I am just reading it.

About 3-4 years ago, they had a recipe for Asian Turkey Burgers with Wasabi Ketchup. I tried it and have been making these burgers ever since.

How I make them:

First...let's grab what we need.

Ground turkey, cumin, garlic, cilantro, soy sauce and worcestershire.
(The recipe doesn't call for the worcestershire, but I add it because I like it.)

1. Add cilantro.

2. Then your garlic.
(There have been plenty of times I didn't have fresh garlic on hand, I just used the canned stuff. Works just as well.)

3. Then add some soy sauce.

4. How about a little Worcestershire.

5. Some cumin.

6. A little pepper

7. And of course salt.

8. Mix it well. I use my hands. Works best.

9. Now, usually I'll cut up a sweet potato, but tonight I was crunched for time. So I used the bagged stuff. These have a little kick to them.
(They are good, and aren't that bad for you. Win.)

10. Getcha George ready.

And there you have it. Asian Turkey Burgers. 

(I was out of wasabi for the wasabi ketchup... sorry.)


  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey breast
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 clv garlic, minced
  • 1 t reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 T ketchup
  • 1 t wasabi paste
  • 4 whole-wheat rolls


In a large bowl, combine first 7 ingredients well. Shape mixture into 4 patties, each about 1 inch thick.
Coat a large grill pan or griddle with cooking spray and set pan over medium heat. When pan is hot, add burgers and cook 5–6 minutes per side, until cooked through.
Meanwhile, mix ketchup and wasabi paste well in a small bowl.
Place burgers on whole- wheat rolls and top with ketchup mixture.
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