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
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
- ½ small white cabbage shredded
- 1 red onion, halved and finely sliced
- 2 carrots julienned or grated
You will need:
- 6 Home Made Ted’s Rolls or ready made BBQ buns
- Plenty of lettuce
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.
- 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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