Thai Style Turkey Burger Lettuce Wraps
May 13, 2021

Lettuce wraps are great for an appetizer or a meal when you are trying to eat a little lighter but want strong flavors. These are inspired by Thai flavors, with lots of sweet, sour and spicy going on. If you are worried about fish sauce, I would suggest starting light and swapping some out for soy sauce in this recipe and seeing how you like it, then next time you make it, add a little more.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Makes about 16 wraps, takes 45 minutes

Cucumber slaw

  • 1 Cup Thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 Cup Julienne peeled carrot
  • 1/2 Cup Thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp. Rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Chili garlic sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey

Noodles

  • 6 oz. Thin rice vermicelli
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy sauce

Burgers

  • 2 Tbsp. Fish sauce (you can use soy if you do not want to use fish sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Sambol chili paste

*Bib or Boston lettuce

*Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping

Directions:

    1. Make the slaw- Mix all the slaw ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Season with a pinch of salt. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
    2. Make the noodles- Cook according to package instructions. Mix the oil and soy sauce into the noodles right after straining them to prevent them from clumping together.
    3. Make the burgers- Mix the fish sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey and sambol in a small bowl until combined. Preheat a large nonstick pan over medium heat with some vegetable or peanut oil. Add the burgers and cook 5 minutes until the juices are starting to collect on the top of the burger.
    4. Flip the burgers and pour in the sauce. Swirl the pan around so the sauce is touching all the burgers. After about 2 minutes, turn heat to low and use a flat wooden or rubber spatula to cut the burgers into 4 equal pieces right in the pan. Stir so all the burger pieces are coated and continue to simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce is sticky and the burgers are cooked through.
    5. Build the wraps- Start with a piece of lettuce, top with some vermicelli, then a burger piece, then the slaw. Serve with some Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping.