Monday, March 17, 2014

Thai Burgers w/ Peanut Sauce

It was a long week of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, I tried a lot of new (and traditional) Irish recipes! Since I had a whole bunch of cabbage and carrots leftover from my St. Patrick's Day cooking, I decided to go the Thai route for dinner tonight. It's been so sunny and beautiful out, using the grill sounded like a perfect idea. And just like that... the idea for grilled Thai Burgers w/ Peanut Sauce came to be!

 

If you like Asian or Thai food and flavors, you'll really enjoy this fun twist on your plain old burger. These Thai Burgers turned out AMAZING!! I made my own peanut sauce (recipe below) to top the burger, but you could also use a store bought peanut sauce.


The red and green cabbage, shredded carrot, and cilantro garnish really take these Thai Burgers w/ Peanut Sauce to the next level. So fresh and crunchy... I love it! You could opt for no hamburger bun to cut down on the carbs and just eat the burger patty, either way this dish is super yummy and satisfying.

Thai Burgers w/ Peanut Sauce
adapted from brookenotonadiet.com
makes 4 burgers

Burgers:
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp red chili paste (I used Sriracha chili sauce)
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Directions:
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil grate (very important!). In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. 


Mix well and form into 4 patties.


Grill over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or to desired doneness.




While the burgers are cooking, you can mix up your peanut sauce...

Peanut Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
  • honey or sugar, to taste

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl, stir. Microwave on low for 15 second intervals; stirring well after each interval until peanut sauce is smooth. 
Be careful not to burn the sauce!!


To garnish the the burger...

Garnish:
I mixed chopped red cabbage, green cabbage, shredded carrots, and chopped cilantro to make a 'salad' to garnish the burger with. This fresh, colorful salad adds extra Thai flavor... and adds a great CRUNCH and texture to the burger!!



Place the grilled burger patty on top of the hamburger bun, top with the peanut sauce, and garnish with the 'salad' of cabbage, carrots, and cilantro...

YUMMMMMMMMM!

Well, these Thai Burgers w/ Peanut Sauce will definitely be a regular in dinner rotation this spring/summer. So delicious.

Enjoy!

- Janel


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