Turkey Burgers with Gochujang & Kimchi

About recipe

These turkey burgers are a great way to incorporate some new flavors and probiotics into a classic meal. Korean chili paste, or gochujang, is a fermented spicy condiment made from red chiles, soybeans and salt. It will keep indefinitely in your refrigerator! The kimchi provides probiotics to strengthen your immune system and digestive health.


  • You can find Korean chili paste in Korean or Asian markets. Some larger supermarkets carry a bottle of gochujang sauce.
  • To make a substitute, combine 2 tablespoons white miso with 2 tablespoons of Asian-style chili sauce, like sriracha, and 2 teaspoons of molasses.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 8 teaspoons Korean chili paste (gochujang) divided**
  • 1 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
  • 12 slices cucumber
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 4 small whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted (if desired)

** Contains soy


  1. Preheat grill, griddle, or skillet to medium-high heat.
  2. Combine turkey, scallions, 5 teaspoons gochujang (Korean chili paste), and sesame oil in a medium bowl. Gently mix with your hands—do not over-mix. Form into 4 burgers, about 4 inches wide.
  3. Oil your grill or skillet. Cook burgers for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the burger reaches 165 degrees. Let burgers rest for about 5 minutes.
  4. While burgers are cooking, combine mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt) and remaining 3 teaspoons of the gochujang in a small bowl.
  5. To assemble, place the burger on the bun with 2 teaspoons of the mayonnaise mixture, 3 cucumber slices, and 1/4 cup kimchi.

Nutritional information

This information is per serving.

  • Calories340
  • Total fat11 g
  • Saturated fat2 g
  • Cholesterol50 mg
  • Protein25 g
  • Sodium780 mg
  • Postassium0.327 g
  • Fiber1 g
  • Total Carbohydrate32 g
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