Turkey burger with a sweet ginger sauce that could make a turd taste good!

Okay so that title is a little gross but I stand by it. This is my second time making these awesome burgers. The first time J said they were good but only ate 3/4 of one, little Z ate some too. I knew J was being honest and that it was probably just too late at night (a lot of snacking took place while waiting for dinner). So this time I mentioned having the burgers again and she was like sure, not a very convincing one at that either. I realized I was out of spinach after I had already committed to the burgers but I was craving the sauce and a turkey burger (low calorie but filling meal) so I went for it anyway. I’m not sure if taking out the spinach made it better for J or if it was that we actually ate at a decent hour but she had two burgers, not one but two, count em, one two. She was raving about the sauce. One of my favorite sauces for sure.

Turkey Burger and Sweet Ginger Sauce

Makes 4 burgers but without the bun now you can have two! About 300 calories each. Recipe found at A Doctors Kitchen.


4 T. soy sauce

4 T. mirin, (sweet marsala if you don’t have mirin)
4 T. turbinado sugar, blended into a fine powder
2 T. minced fresh ginger, or 1/2 T. ground dry
1 (5 oz.) package fresh baby spinach
1 lb. ground turkey (white breast meat, free range)
3/4 cup chopped scallions
1 t. toasted sesame oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 T. macadamia nut oil or other neutral oil
3 T. sliced scallions for garnish, optional
sesame seeds to garnish, optional


Heat first four ingredients in small sauce pan and whisk until sugar is dissolved and it has reduced a bit to a nice syrup, about 5 minutes. It will get thicker as it cools. Set aside.

Blanch spinach in boiling water for one minute. Pat dry with towels and coarsely chop.

In a large bowl combine turkey, spinach, scallions, sesame oil, 1 T. of reserved sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and form into 4 patties about 1 inch thick.

Heat large non stick skillet on med-high. Once hot spray with cooking oil and cook patties on each side about 5 minutes until fully cooked. Drizzle sauce over burger loosley getting some on the plate around burger for wiping up with each bite. Garnish with optional garnishes.

If you don’t have spinach or scallions you can still make these burgers without. The sauce is what’s most amazing and would make anything taste good, seriously.

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