It’s only Tuesday, but my week has already gotten away from me with working on the website and having the house photographed today, so I thought I would re-run my very first blog post ever. It seemed fit since I just told you about Tatjana’s career, and this one is about how my career as a personal chef began.

From 3 Lettuce Leaves A Day To Five Squares A Day

From 3 Lettuce Leaves A Day To Five Squares A Day

It’s hard for me to believe, but it was almost five years ago since I wrote my first blog post, and I’ve been writing two posts a week ever since – that’s a lot of babble! I hope you enjoy the journey down memory lane with me. Click here on this link or the photo above to go to the blog post, and then leave me a comment below about how you started in your current career? Tatjana and I would love to know!

Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burger

Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burger

This is one of the first recipes I ever wrote, and it won “best poultry burger in America” on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown! Since it is a little labor intensive, I would recommend doing double portions of at least the turkey burgers to freeze for a later date – why make a mess twice when you can do it all at once? After all it is about affording YOU the luxury of time!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

Cucumber Salad

  • 1 medium cucumber peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Burger

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Thai chili or Serrano chile seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 4 sesame hamburger buns

Wasabi Mayonaise

  • 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise, or store bought
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions

Cucumber Salad

  1. Toss cucumbers, onions, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Let it marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.

Burger

  1. Mix ground turkey, rice, panko, green onions, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, Thai chile, and sugar very well. Make into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute burgers until cooked through, approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side (depending on how thick you make them).

Wasabi Mayonaise

  1. While burgers are cooking, toast buns, and mix mayonnaise, with wasabi powder, ginger, and lemon peel in a small bowl.
  2. Drain cucumber salad well.
  3. Smear 1 tablespoon wasabi mayonnaise on toasted bun halves, spread with a layer of drained cucumber salad, then top with burger and cover with bun top.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with a Asian Graffiti Carrot Salad and Five Spice Sweet Potato Fries with Hoisin Ketchup.

Heat To Eat

Vent lid of container and heat in microwave on 50% power for 3-5 minutes; or Alternatively, heat in a skillet over medium heat until heated through, about 4-5 minutes per side.

« Previous PostNext Post »
  • April 22, 2014
    11:13 am

    That’s such a great recipe, I once tried it with poached (then mashed) salmon instead of turkey. Naturally the turkey version was juicier, but all the flavors worked really well together with the fish.

    • April 22, 2014
      8:52 pm

      Interesting Renee, I’ve never tried it with salmon before, but now that you mention it – I can’t wait.