Asian Inspired Turkey Reuben Burger with Spicy Slaw

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My inspiration for this burger was to create a leaner, alternative burger without compromising on flavor and moistness.I decided to combine the tastes found in my favorite sandwich, a turkey Reuben, with the distinct flavors of Asian cuisine. It was love at first bite.


Spicy Slaw:

1-14 ounce bag Cole slaw mix

1/4 cup thinly slices scallions .

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

2 teaspoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Russian dressing:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 clove garlic, minced fine

1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoon dill relish

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


1-1/2 pounds ground turkey

1-8 ounce can crushed pineapple, well drained

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 of a 10 ounce block of Swiss cheese, cut into 6 equal pieces

6 sesame seed buns, toasted


To make the Spicy Slaw, in a medium bowl combine the Cole slaw mix, scallions, grated fresh ginger,

red pepper flakes, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, sugar, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir well to combine and refrigerate for several hours to marry flavors.

To make the Russian dressing, in a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, minced garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, dill relish, ground ginger and dry mustard. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To make the patties, in a medium size bowl place the ground turkey, the drained, crushed pineapple, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, ground ginger, fresh thyme leaves, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir together lightly until combined being very careful not to over mix. Chill for 1 hour. Divide meat into 6 equal size portions. Shape each portion into 2 thin patties. Place a piece of the Swiss cheese on the center of one patty and top with another patty. Seal edges well. Preheat grill to medium high. Just before putting the patties on grill, lightly oil the grates. Place the patties on the grill, turn the heat down to medium and cover grill. Cook without disturbing for 5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes or until cooked through. Remove patties from grill, tent with foil and let rest while toasting rolls.

Place split sesame buns, cut side down, on grill for 1-2 minutes or until nicely toasted.

To assemble burgers place 1 tablespoon Russian dressing on bottom of bun, top with a patty then with 1/4 cup of the Spicy slaw. Place top on burger and serve.

Makes 6 burgers.