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

  • 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

  • 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!



  • 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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29 thoughts on “Chinese Style Turkey Burgers with Oriental Sesame Slaw”

  • 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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    • 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 🙂

  • Wow! This sounds amazing. I’ve never brought turkey mince because I’ve never known what to do with it and assumed it was a bit boring….not any more!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Sarah, I’ve really enjoyed trying the range of sauces from Lee Kum kee & I’m developing another dish with turkey mince so watch this space 🙂

    • Thank you, the Oriental Sesame Slaw really is worth trying. I’ve made so much of it the past few weeks, it’s been a real hit with family & friends here at the Kitchen Shed.

  • This looks so delicious & I love the slaw recipe, I bet it goes really well with the Turkey Burger! Your instructions & images are so well done. Thanks so much for linking up with #foodpornthursdays x

    • Thanks Becky. The slaw does go really well with the burgers, it’s delicious on its own too. We’ve been having it in place of coleslaw for a change. A pleasure to link up with #FoodPornThursdays x

  • Funnily enough I made turkey burgers for dinner last night but have never thought to use chinese spices. Good to mix things up a bit. #foodpornthursday

  • Yum, yum, and did I mention, YUM!!! There are all my favourite flavours in the world in one neat little tasty package!
    Thanks for sharing with Tea Time Treats, see you next time!
    Janie x

    • Thanks Janie, the flavours are a real hit here at the Kitchen Shed too. A pleasure to share with Tea time Treats & I’m looking to August’s challenge x

  • This sounds just my sort of thing. I absolutely love sesame and I’ve been trying to sneak it into my cooking quite a bit this week.

    Every time I see your teds rolls I think I should try them and then promptly forget. One day I will do it as they alway look so perfect when you make them!

    • Thanks Charlotte, if you love sesame, you’ll love the Oriental Sesame dressing, it’s delicious & has a real kick to it too. Let me know how you get on with #TedsRolls if you do end up making them 🙂

  • Ooo I’m a big fan of Asian flavours and especially anything with fresh ginger in. These burgers look scrumptious! And I’m with you, why let the rain stop us enjoying BBQ’s! Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare 🙂

    • Thanks Hayley, we’ve managed to enjoy the turkey burgers on the BBQ since. A pleasure to link up with #CookBlogShare 🙂

  • Ooh I love Char Siu sauce so this looks like a really great recipe a try. I’ve never made Turkey burgers before but you’ve inspired me to give it a go #RecipeoftheWeek

    • Thanks for popping by. Hope you do get to make the turkey burgers, they’re so easy to make & I hope you enjoy them as much as we do 🙂

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