The first time my Thai Hubby had a burger was when he was 26 years old. He was in Bangkok hanging out with some farang (aka American) friends at a mall called Paragon, which when I walked into I felt like I had entered a modern-day palace and couldn’t believe it was just a mall.
Unlike small mall food courts in America that mainly serve cheap fast food, the food courts in Bangkok’s malls are ginormous, usually taking up an entire floor of the mall and cater to hiso (high society) people. They have some of the best international food found in Bangkok, but at international prices.
The first burger my Thai Hubby had was from the fancy Burger King there, and it cost him 250 Baht, which is equivalent to what his grandma could spend on one week’s groceries.
My Thai Hubby likes burgers and steaks way more than I do, probably because it was such a luxury to him growing up.
I would always chose Thai food over a burger any day, but a Thai burger? I would definitely go for that, and of course so would my man.
That’s why I decided to make Thai Turkey Burger Sliders the other day, so my Thai Hubby could get a healthy burger, I could get some Thai fusion, and my kids could get a cute burger that’s easy for them to hold.
The best of all our worlds combined! It’s like a superpower!
When my Thai Hubby bit into one he said, “Did you grill these? They are so good!”
I’m not quite sure why he asked me that, since I don’t even know how to turn on the grill, but maybe he believes in me more than I do.
I answered, “Nope, I did it in my cast iron pan! Isn’t that cool how they look like they are grilled?”
And he agreed it was cool and that the flavor was perfect. And my kids loved dipping them in the Sriracha mayo and asked for more! Score!
Make the most of those last summer days by grilling these today and savor the best of both Thai and American worlds!
Thai Turkey Burgers Sliders
The perfect fusion of Thai and American food, a healthy Thai Turkey Slider jam-packed with flavors like ginger, green onion, garlic, cilantro and Thai chili pepper if you are up for it, and topped with an easy Thai Sriracha homemade mayo!
- 2 green onions, roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 small shallot, roughly chopped
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 egg yolk
Thai Sriracha Mayo
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 2-3 tbsp Thai Sriracha, to taste
- Add the green onions, garlic, cilantro, and shallot to a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add them to a large mixing bowl, and also add the ground turkey, ginger paste, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and egg yolk.
- Incorporate until just mixed.
- Make into patties the size of a slider bun, or make regular sized turkey burgers if that's your preference.
- If you grill them, turkey sliders cook fast, so make sure you really watch or you might end up with dry, burnt ones like we did once! It should only take a few minutes per side to grill.
- If you are using a cast iron, add a few teaspoons of cooking oil of choice, over medium-high heat. Make sure the pan is hot before putting the patties in to help give them the grilled look.
- Add around six or so burgers to the pan. I had to do two batches to not overcrowd the pan.
- Cover the pan, and cook for 3-4 minutes until browned, and flip, and cook until it's cooked through and no longer pink.
- To make the Thai Sriracha Mayo, mix the mayo and Thai Sriracha sauce to taste. Thai Sriracha isn't as spicy as normal Sriracha, it's more sweet and spicy, so mixed with the mayo there is a slight heat, but it's at a kid-friendly level, at least for my kids. Feel free to use regular Sriracha if you want it more spicy.
- Serve with your favorite burger toppings! We like bacon, tomatoes, power greens and avocado!
I recommend using ground turkey that isn't super lean to help your burger stay moist. And if you want to sub ground beef instead, go for it!
Don’t forget to pin it up for next time! 🙂