August 03, 2011
Easy Paleo Turkey Satay Burgers
I'm just going to throw this out there: Satay sauce is next to Godliness in my humble opinion.
It's creamy, nutty and sometimes spicy -- and really what more can you want from a sauce? Just typing that made my mouth water. The only two problems I have with it? The peanuts make it very un-Paleo (Peanuts are a legume and not actually a nut...who knew?) and there is generally some type of soy sauce in it which I avoid like the plague (mostly due to gluten). So while I occasionally throw caution to the wind and order if I am out, I wanted to make a version that I could eat anytime and know I wasn't deviating from the style of eating that has kept me happy and healthy over the last year.
I set out to make a sauce that would hit all the same notes as a good peanut satay (and would be a nice dipper for chicken) but also because I am lazy on most weeknights (shocker!) I wanted to find a way to turn it into a burger. Burgers = King of Easy Weeknight Recipes! Everybody knows (said in my best Phaedra impersonation) that if you are looking for a good burger recipe, Rachael Ray is a great resource. She's written something like 1000 burger recipes so whenever I'm in a pickle I seek out one of her recipes. This time I used this recipe as inspiration (and did some tweaking to satisfy my own dietary needs.)
The results were PHENOMENAL. I have to admit this surprised me a little. I thought for sure it would be edible, but I wasn't certain I would love it. I only had turkey on hand and I thought it might be a weird combination, but it actually works out awesome because the creaminess of the sauce lends well to turkey because and its low fat content. The toppings give a great texture combo and overall I LOVED IT! I hope you will too.
Paleo Turkey Satay Burgers (adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine)
Fat of Choice (I used coconut oil on this one)
1.25 lbs of Ground Turkey
2 Large Garlic Cloves, grated
1 Inch Ginger Root, grated
3 Green Onions, finely diced
Salt + Pepper to taste (I went lighter on the salt than usual due to the salty sauce.)
1/2 Cup Almond Butter
3 TBS Coconut Aminos/Tamari
1 tsp red pepper flakes (less if you don't want your sauce to have some kick)
1 Bag of Broccoli Slaw (My favorite thing to have in the fridge! So useful!)
1. Heat fat of choice over medium in a 12 in skillet (or you could grill these -- I just chose a pan because I'm lazy, remember?)
2. In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients through salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties.
3. Cook patties for 6 minutes one side, flip, cook 3 minutes on the other side so that the surface gets brown, then cover and continue cooking until inside is desired temperature. I like my turkey fairly well done so I cooked it another 5 minutes covered.
4. When turkey is almost done cooking, in another small pot, combine almond butter and coconut aminos over medium low heat. Stir until combined and sauce has a creamy consistency. If it thickens over the heat more than you like, feel free to thin it out with some chicken stock (or even water would be fine!)
5. In a separate bowl toss broccoli slaw with a few TBS of satay sauce
6. Serve cooked burgers on butter lettuce garnished with a dollop of the satay sauce as well as the sauced broccoli slaw
7. Enjoy your super rich, spicy Paleo-friendly satay dish!
The flavor is so complex considering the ingredients are so simple and it has become a great way to fancy up your everyday turkey burger. If you end up trying this let me know how you like it!