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Scallion Sesame Turkey Burger


  • 1 1⁄2lbs ground turkey
  • 3tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1⁄2cup minced scallion, white and green parts both
  • 2 -3tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2teaspoons pulverized garlic
  • 2tablespoons sesame oil
  • salt
  • 3⁄4-1 1⁄4cup breadcrumbs, depends on how moist the turkey is
  • fresh ground pepper
  • oil, if desired (for cooking)


  • Mix togeter, gently. the turkey, sesame seeds, soy, scallions, cilantro, garlic, sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and bread crumbs.
  • Form into patties.
  • I usually mix all this together and make patties in the morning and leave in the refrigerator till I’m ready for them.
  • Sometimes that is the next day.
  • Brush with a little oil before grilling if desired.
  • Grill on the George Foreman, in a grill pan.
  • If you’re using the outside grill increase the breadcrumbs a bit to insure they don’t fall apart.


  • GinaStudySmart

    This is an amazingly delicious recipe!!! I didn't have quite enough scallions, so I used some red onion. I also added an egg to hold it together a bit more. Cooked them in a little olive oil on the stove. We did not eat these with buns…no need! Served with strawberry spinach salad. Tomorrow, I will crumble a leftover one over Asian salad. Lunch!

  • jerseygirl1952

    THE best turkey burger we’ve ever had. The first time I made them, I had the butcher grind all white meat, they were good, but not great. The second time I bought a mixture of white and dark meats. Yum. The third time, I added 2 tablespoons of minced fresh ginger. Perfect!! I made all the burgers, cooked them all the way through, and placed them in individual zip bags in the freezer. We just take a bag (or two) out and place in the micro on high for four-five minutes ( depending on the size of the burger) and we have dinner. Thank you for a great recipe.

  • janetbellu_7158186

    I found this while trying to eat a little more healthy. I am not sure how healthy it is, but it is delicious, and my son’s first request when returning from a year studying in Spain!

  • kgulley

    Excellent! I did’nt have scallions so I used a shallot. Can’t wait to make these again! Mosit and full of flavor! I also used a little light mayo mixed with Sriracha chili, for a little kick. Next time I will try it with wasabi mayo. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ilysse

    Deserves all the 5 star ratings. DH hates turkey burgers but loved these. They do taste like the inside of a pot sticker as someone else said. I left out the breadcrumbs because I am on weight water core and didn’t want to count those points. I also left out cilantro ’cause DH doesn’t like it. I think next time I may add diced waterchestnuts (I think someone else suggested that as well). I served these with no bun and Saucy Susan duck sauce on the side. My DD liked it with soy sauce. DH suggested next time making some dumpling sauce to go with them. If I were to use a bun, I think I would toast it and rub with garlic and duck sauce. I served this with stir fried bok choy and fresh corn on the cob. A great meal that I will make again. Would also be great with fried rice, stmd rice, or lo mein if making without bun. With the bun I’d recommend an asian slaw, stir fried veggies, or a big tossed asian inspired salad. Will be making this again and again. DH even wants to try this mixture in pot sticker wrapers. Thanks so much for posting.

  • amy laree

    Loved this. I made a few substitutions based on other reviews – subbed regular white onions for the scallions, didn’t add the cilantro or sesame oil since we were out of both, but added a touch of olive oil and a little extra soy sauce to substitute for the sesame oil. Served these on onion rolls with swiss cheese and a horseradish/wasabi combination, which was the perfect complement. Served with a side of Sweet Potato Fries –

  • Haversac

    I don’t have one complaint about these burgers! I was concerned about them falling apart. They didn’t. I was concerned about them being dull, but they were anything but. I increased the cilantro, since we love it, and used crushed rice crispies instead of bread crumbs since we didn’t have any. They still turned out perfect. This recipe also works great as a Once A Month Cooking freezer meal. Make up ahead of time, freeze in patties, and you have a quick, delicious, healthy meal! Thanks riffraff! It’s a family favorite.

  • MemphisMommy

    This is a very good burger.
    Made it this afternoon for hubby and friend using all ingredients except sesame oil and scallions-used canola and vidalia in place of and they turned out really good anyway!
    I ‘fried’ them on grill cook pan on top of stove and served on thin sanwhich rounds w/ cheese and a little olive-mayo on top….they were well received! Not dry at all and tasty.

  • BurgundyS

    I make these exactly as written and I make them ALL the time! At least a few times a month. Because we live in very rainy Seattle, we usually just bake them in the over at 350 for 20 min or so. I can tell you the sesame oil is key – my little guy is allergic to sesame so we make him a separate burger without, and I’ve tried it and it’s nowhere near as good! Anyway, thanks for an awesome recipe. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to review!

  • trentsteff

    Delicious! Doesn’t need tomatoe or anything – just a bun and some mayo is good, although I’ll try it with onions & lettuce. Yummy.