Korean Turkey Burgers with Kimchi

Korean Turkey Burgers with Kimchi

8 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013

Korean chile paste (also known as gochujang) blended into the ground turkey makes this turkey burger recipe incredibly moist and flavorful. Top these healthy turkey burgers with kimchi—a fermented mixture of cabbage and other vegetables—which can be found near other refrigerated Asian ingredients or near sauerkraut or pickles in well-stocked supermarkets or natural-foods stores.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 8 teaspoons Korean chile paste (see Tips), divided
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 4 small whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • 12 slices English cucumber
  • 1 cup kimchi


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  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine turkey, scallions, 5 teaspoons chile paste and sesame oil in a medium bowl; gently knead together. Do not overmix. Form into 4 burgers, about 4 inches wide.
  3. Oil the grill rack (see Tips). Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise and the remaining 3 teaspoons chile paste in a small bowl. Assemble the burgers on toasted buns with 2 teaspoons of the mayonnaise mixture, 3 slices cucumber and ¼ cup kimchi each.
  • Knead Gently: Use your hands to mix ground turkey until just combined (wear gloves if you prefer). Overmixing makes the meat tough.
  • Korean chile paste (also called hot pepper paste, gochujang or kochujang) is a fermented spicy condiment made from red chiles, soybeans and salt. Find it in Korean or Asian markets or online from koamart.com. Annie Chun's, a widely distributed national brand of Asian foods, recently launched its own bottled gochujang sauce that is becoming increasingly available in large supermarkets. It keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator. To make a substitute, combine 2 tablespoons each white miso and Asian-style chile sauce, such as sriracha, and 2 teaspoons molasses.
  • Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won't stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to coat the food with cooking spray.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 burger
  • Per serving: 341 calories; 12 g fat(3 g sat); 5 g fiber; 33 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 23 mcg folate; 67 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 7 g added sugars; 143 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 58 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 782 mg sodium; 441 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, ½ other carbohydrates, 3 medium-fat meat, ½ fat

Reviews 8

August 06, 2019
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By: Sylvia
I thought these were a delicious spin on a turkey burger. I took the advice from the other reviews and added a little breadcrumb and egg to act as a binder. The left overs warmed up well the next day.
April 12, 2019
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By: Eileen Mulley
This has been our “go to” turkey burger since the recipe first appeared in Eating Well. Husband doesn’t care for kimchi (I love it) so I serve the burgers as individual “meat loaves” with the spicy mayo as a dipping sauce & kimchi on the side. Absolutely delicious.
February 23, 2019
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By: Stephanie
This was so delicious!! I used Beyond Meat burger patties and i added siracha in the sauce and vegan mayo. Also, i added fresh watercress. Yummy
October 17, 2018
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By: kdhonu
Delicious, great balance of texture and flavor with the cucumber, kimchi, and gochujang. Based on the other reviews, I made some small changes to help keep the burger together: added 1 egg and 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs. I also let the patties firm up in the fridge before putting them on the grill. Will definitely be making these again!
May 16, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Unique but Good I've never been a big fan of Asian or spicy food, but I really liked this one. It was quick and easy to make and very filling. I reviewed the recipe on my blog at www.fitandlivelymom.com/korean-turkey-burgers/ Pros: NULL Cons: NULL
July 09, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Very tasty, surprisingly easy, not too spicy My wife and I were surprised with how easy the recipe was and how tasty it was. We were concerned with how spicy it was going to be, but when it all came together, we enjoyed it thoroughly. The only thing I wasn't thrilled about was that three of the burgers started separating on our griddle. I don't know if that was my error in cooking or if the recipe could use a better binding agent. Either way, this recipe is a keeper! Pros: Very tasty, easy, simple Cons: Possibly needs a binding agent
July 06, 2013
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By: kc1yr
Quick and tasty Unusual, flavorful, quick and easy. If you're tired of the same old turkey burgers with BBQ sauce or ground turkey in chili, this is worth a try. We followed the recipe except for the kimchi and enjoyed it. Pros: Easy, flavorful, different Cons: Not for those who don't like spicy - which may leave it out for family BBQs
June 30, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Simple but delicious I like easy recipes with few ingredients that payoff. This one really paid off in taste. I accidentally overcooked the meat, but it was still moist from the paste & sesame oil. This recipe is a keeper. Pros: Easy to make, moist, flavorful Cons: Special trip to an asian market for kimchi
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