July 22, 2020

Recipe: Turkey Patties With Cilantro, Scallions and Ginger

Asian-flavored burger topped with avocado

An image of a turkey burger salad.

Ground turkey takes on the delightful flavors of Asian cuisine, thanks to a mix of scallions, cilantro, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil. You don’t even need to light the grill — these turkey burgers cook to perfection in a non-stick skillet.


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1 pound ground turkey (white meat)
2 scallions (white and light green parts), chopped
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
½ of avocado, sliced
4 cups salad greens, for serving
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges


  1. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, scallions, cilantro, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Shape into 4 patties.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the patties and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  4. Toss the salad greens with remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, and divide evenly among the four plates.
  5. Place one patty on each plate, and top each with slices of avocado. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve with a lime wedge.

Nutrition information

Calories 336
Total fat 19g
Saturated fat 4.6g
Protein 34g
Carbohydrate 7g
Dietary fiber 4g
Sugar 1.5g
Cholesterol 144mg
Sodium 242mg

Recipe developed by cookbook author Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness


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