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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013


Recipe Summary

30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • 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.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tips). Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Let rest for 5 minutes.

  • 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 1/4 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 Facts

341 calories; protein 27.6g; carbohydrates 33.2g; dietary fiber 5.1g; sugars 8.2g; fat 11.9g; saturated fat 2.7g; cholesterol 66.9mg; vitamin a iu 143.2IU; vitamin c 2.8mg; folate 23.5mcg; calcium 57.6mg; iron 3.1mg; magnesium 41.5mg; potassium 441.3mg; sodium 782.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 7g.

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Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More