Curry Turkey Burgers

About recipe

Complemented by a delightful homemade tahini sauce, these burgers are moist, delicious, and bursting with flavor from fresh herbs and plenty of spices. While ground turkey is a healthier alternative to ground beef, be careful not to go too lean with your turkey blend.

Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen.

Ingredients (serves 4)

For the burgers:

  • 1 pound 94% lean ground turkey
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ cup finely diced cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup or local honey, to sweeten
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons warm water, to thin sauce

To serve:

  • 4 buns or lettuce wraps
  • Red onion slices
  • Extra cilantro



  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat or about 400 degrees Lightly oil grill grate.
  2. In a large bowl, add the lean ground turkey, garlic, cilantro, turmeric, cumin, yellow curry powder, salt and pepper. Mix together with clean hands and form 4 large patties, about 1/3 inch thick. Sprinkle patties with a little more salt and pepper. Place burgers on the grill and cook for 5 minutes per side or until completely cooked and no longer pink. A meat thermometer should reach 165 degrees F.
  3. While the burgers are cooking you can make the sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, maple syrup, yellow curry powder, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper. Add water to thin, if necessary.
  4. Place each patty in a bun of choice or lettuce wrap, drizzle with a little sauce then garnish with red onion and cilantro,
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