Thai Turkey Burgers (Whole 30)

5 from 14 votes

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A fun and tasty twist on the traditional burger and coleslaw these Thai Turkey Burgers with have you craving a burger night.

You know I LOVE me some turkey burgers so I whipped up some with a Thai twist that will knock your socks off!  You gotta try these Whole 30 Turkey Burgers Thai Style! I love using ground turkey in burgers and meatballs because it’s affordable, absorbs lots of flavors and is a great lean protein I can have for any meal! I may not be eating Whole 30 style any longer but I love the lessons that I learned while doing the program, this includes lots of veggies with meals. Even if you have never been done or been interested in doing Whole 30 this recipe is still a game changer, with chopped up veggies and a slaw vinegar to top it off, use whatever ingredients you have in the kitchen.

My turkey recipes on this site really are endless from my Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf to Curried Turkey Sloppy Joes in Sweet Potato Bowls

That is the beautiful thing about turkey – versatility and ease!  I have also noticed that lots of stores I shop at – like Trader Joes or Ralphs, have been coming out with new types of cuts of meat like turkey.  I have seen turkey breasts, cutlets and tenderloin which is amazing for someone who cooks a lot and likes to switch it up!  Now onto this burger – let’s talk sauce!

Sauces makes my world go round so for this baby I made a quick little almond butter based sauce to drizzle all over the patty and add even more flavor and texture.  And speaking texture – slaw to the rescue!  A quick slaw comes together to balance out everything with a dash of vinegar flavor which I live for.  Then I did a cabbage lettuce wrap but feel free to use any bun you love. I have also made this with no wrap or bun and actually made it into a burger bowl. The options are endless when you have soo many fresh ingredients and layered spices to freshen things up. 

Can I use a different ground protein?

You can for sure use ground beef or ground chicken to make these burgers.  They will come out with a bit of a different taste, but still be delicious.

Can I freeze these burgers?

Yes, I suggest if you are going to freeze them I would opt for a meatball form rather then a burger. Make the balls and either cook them and cool them then freeze; or freeze them raw and cook when you need them. This will ensure that they are moist and delicious when you need them.


Need more Whole30 compliant dinner ideas, look no further:

Turkey Pot Pie Meatloaf {Whole30}

Whole30 Spring Veggie Shepherd’s Pie

Whole30 Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf

Whole30 Cheeseburger Casserole

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These Whole30 Turkey Burgers Thai Style are bursting with flavor and are super clean! Perfect meal for summer!

Nutrition for Turkey Burgers Thai

These Whole30 Turkey Burgers are so tasty and so great because they are so  healthy!  Since they are Whole30 compliant they are very clean with not many ingredients, however with tons of FLAVOR!  The sauce is what makes it!  The sauce is jam-packed with nutrients since the base is made from Almond Butter (ummm yummmm) and comes in all in all under 350 calories! You gotta try these out especially if you are cutting back for a certain goal, these will taste sinful!

5 from 14 votes

Thai Turkey Burgers

By: Kelsey


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil

Almond Butter Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar


  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 3 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 10 oz bag of coleslaw mix
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 head of cabbage


  • In a bowl combine turkey, shredded carrots, 1 tablespoon cilantro, green onion, salt, garlic powder and ground ginger.  Mix with your hands or a wooden spoon to fully combine.  
  • Divide into 4 pieces and form the pieces into patties (about the size of your palm).  Turn your grill or pan on medium high heat and once the pan is hot, add oil.  Place patties on the pan and cook for about 4 minutes per side, until they reach an internal temperature of 165ºF. Remove and set aside.
  • In a small bowl combine all of the almond butter sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • In another medium sized bowl combine 2 tablespoons almond butter, 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons coconut aminos, 1 tablespoon water, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and ¼ teaspoon ground ginger.  Whisk to fully combine then add in coleslaw mix and cilantro and toss to coat.  
  • To make burger, peel off pieces of cabbage and top with a burger patty, some almond butter sauce and coleslaw!
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  1. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to make it! I have always wondered what coconut aminos could be used for so thank you for a great idea! I am going to add some Thai basil – because why not? lol Thanks for sharing this!

  2. 5 stars
    Although I messed up this recipe a bit as I was making it because I wasn’t paying attention or didn’t have all the ingredients, it still turned out amazing. I’m allergic to almonds, so I skipped the sauce, put it over roasted sweet potatoes with my leftover 4th of July slaw – so yummy. Thanks, Kelsey. I enjoy your stories on Instagram too. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jessica! So glad it still worked out – the sauce would be great with cashew butter too! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Really delicious burgers. Love the cabbage burger holder! Wasn’t keen on the sauce, but the rest of it, really delicious!

  4. Thai burger is my favorite. I also like thai green turkey burger recipe you should write something about that. i will be waiting

  5. 5 stars
    THESE ARE SO GOOD!!! I shouldn’t have waited until day 14 of my Whole30 to make these. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely be a staple in my home cooking from now on 🙂

  6. Would regular butter work for the sauce? We have a peanut/tree nut allergy and both butters you suggested are out.