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Chinese Style Turkey Burgers with Oriental Sesame Slaw

Most people who know me realise I’m nearly always up for a culinary challenge, so when Lee Kum Kee invited me to take part in their Summer Carnival Campaign I was delighted. The challenge ? To devise a recipe with a summery barbeque feel using LKK sauces. My starting point to a get a sense of what LKK produce was having a look at their deliciously versatile sauces in action.
The challenge was a perfect brief for the Kitchen Shed as we love alfresco summer food. Whilst I eagerly awaited delivery of the parcel I had a barbecue recipe in mind (ironically really with all of the recent rain) and when the Char Siu Barbecue Sauce arrived I knew I had to try it.

I decided to use turkey mince as I wanted something economical which was also easy to use alongside authentic Chinese flavours. Char Siu Sauce pairs well with pork and chicken and I was sure it would go well with the turkey mince. Generally, I tend to avoid turkey burgers as they can be dry and tasteless, especially when compared to a succulent beef burger.
The Char Siu Sauce didn’t disappoint – these lovely moist turkey burgers are full of flavour which is livened up even more by the spices in the sauce. I used Soy Sauce to balance the sweetness of the honey and added fresh ginger and Chiu Chow Chilli Oil for extra heat. A word of warning: we love hot chilli here at the Kitchen Shed but I only used 1 teaspoon of Chiu Chow Chilli Oil in the burgers.
To complete the ultimate Chinese Style Burger experience I made an Oriental Sesame Slaw and a Chiu Chow Chilli Mayonnaise and served them all in a Ted’s Roll.
I’ve given Ted’s Rolls a makeover too as I brushed them with an egg wash and coated them with sesame seeds – they make a perfect BBQ bun.

These burgers are so easy to make as you simply mix the ingredients together and shape. Turkey mince is not readily available around here in Brittany so I minced my own using about a third thigh meat two thrirds turkey breast strips – thigh is still lean and very flavoursome.

We love a home-made coleslaw here in the Kitchen Shed and I thought the Oriental Sesame Dressing was perfect for experimenting with to find an alternative to the traditional mayonnaise base often found in coleslaw dressings. I still wanted a creamy dressing so I used peanut butter as a healthy alternative.

You can prepare Chinese Style Turkey Burgers, Oriental Sesame Slaw and Chiu Chow Chilli Mayo ahead of your event and keep in the fridge until needed – the prepared burgers freeze well too.

Chinese Style Turkey Burgers with Chiu Chow Chilli Mayo and Oriental Sesame Slaw

Serves: 6

Chinese Style Turkey Burgers

Ingredients
  • 500 g minced turkey steak or thigh
  • 25 g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 spring onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons Lee Kum Kee Chiu Chow Chilli Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Lee Kum Kee Soy Sauce
  • 2 cm piece ginger – grated
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

Chiu Chow Chilli Mayo

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used light mayonnaise)
  • 2 teaspoons Lee Kum Kee Chiu Chow Chilli Oil

Oriental Sesame Slaw

Dressing:
  • 4 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Oriental Sesame Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon muscovado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Lee Kum Kee Chiu Chow Chilli Oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon freshly chopped garlic chives or chives
Slaw vegetables:
  • ½ small white cabbage shredded
  • 1 red onion, halved and finely sliced
  • 2 carrots julienned or grated

 

You will need:
Make your turkey burgers:
  • Place all the burger ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Divide into 6 burgers, shape by hand or use a 9 cm ( 3 ½ inches ) food ring or pastry cutter for an evenly shaped burger. ( I used my ancient Tupperware burger press )
  • Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up or you can freeze them at this point.
Mix your Chiu Chow Chilli Mayo:
  • Simply whisk the Chiu Chow Chilli Oil with the mayonnaise.
  • Keep in the fridge until required.
Make your Oriental Sesame Slaw:
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over your slaw vegetables.
  • Mix well and refrigerate until required.
Cooking & assembling your burger:
  • Cook your burgers on a BBQ or fry in a pan with a little oil on a medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes on each side until completely cooked through.
  • Leave to rest for a couple of minutes while you toast your BBQ buns.
  • Assemble your burger by adding a layer of Chiu Chow Chilli Mayo, lettuce, the turkey burger and topping with a generous helping of Oriental Sesame Slaw.
  • Enjoy!

 

Disclosure:

  • Lee Kum Kee provided me with the sauces to make this dish in return for creating a recipe. I purchased the fresh ingredients.
  • All views expressed are completely my own and are 100% honest.

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Tuesday 24th of May 2016

[…] served our Sesame Chicken Kebabs with my crunchy Oriental Sesame Slaw and a sweet chilli dipping sauce for which I added a touch of cider vinegar to my Sweet Chilli Jam. […]

Saz Marquis

Monday 28th of September 2015

Wow! I've finally made these after meaning to do it all summer...absolutely delicious! I'm not a fan of the traditionnal mayo laiden slaw, but this Asian invention is amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

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Sunday 27th of September 2015

[…] of sauces, my favourite being their Oriental Sesame Dressing. I used the dressing to create an Oriental Sesame Slaw and as all our summer visitors at the Kitchen Shed gave the slaw a thumbs up I was looking for […]

Helen @Fuss Free Flavours

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

I love that slaw! Lovely and fresh and not weighted down with all that mayo.

thanks for linking up to #creditcrunchmunch

sarahj

Thursday 20th of August 2015

Thanks Helen, we love it too. I've made it a few times now, it goes really well salmon.

Camilla

Thursday 13th of August 2015

Wow these burgers sound so tasty Sarah, love the sound of all those sauces! Thanks for entering #CreditCrunchMunch

sarahj

Sunday 16th of August 2015

Thanks Camilla, the sauces are delicious & I'll definitely be using them in more of my cooking. Always a pleasure to link up with #creditcrunchmunch :-)