Turkey burgers, flavored with Thai seasoning, grilled, then topped with crunchy and healthy broccoli slaw. This is healthy grilled comfort food!

The other day I stumbled across this post from Chow about Backseat Grillers. It talks about those people that can't help but be a little too involved with your grill at a barbecue. People that jump in and flip burgers, change temps, and try to run the show for you. They are just trying to be helpful, but we all know how much this can grate on your nerves.

It also talks about how hard it can be as a female at the grill to avoid these people. I talked last week about how in our household, I am the grill master, but I have been in more than one situation where, because I am female, I have been informed of how to properly cook a steak, smoke ribs, or run my grill.

It seems to me, that passionate grillers are as openly opinionated about the art as people who are avid sports fans. Their way is right and that is that - and boy, are they OK with telling you this. Over and over again.

I enjoyed the tips that the Chow article gave about sending these backseat grillers in the kitchen to find things to otherwise distract them from the 'help'.

How do you deal when you have an overly helpful backseat griller?

I send them inside to help prepare fixins for the turkey burgers!

Turkey burgers, flavored with Thai seasoning, grilled, then topped with crunchy and healthy broccoli slaw. \\ PassTheSushi.com


Thai Grilled Turkey Burgers with Broccoli Slaw

from Raptor Toe

Turkey burgers, flavored with Thai seasoning, grilled, then topped with crunchy and healthy broccoli slaw. \\ PassTheSushi.comIngredients:

  • ½ cup of bread crumbs
  • large egg
  • 1 lb of ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teas ginger, grated
  • 1 teas chili paste
  • 2 tbs cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teas of lime zest
  • 1 teas red curry powder
  • Salt and pepper


Preheat your grill to medium-high heat for 15 minutes.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Form ground turkey mixture into patties ( I got about 5 decent sized patties and one small one out of the lot).

Grill (flipping once for about 8 to 12 minutes, checking to make sure they are properly done before serving. Serve with broccoli slaw as a side or on top with toasted buns.

Broccoli slaw


  • 1 bag broccoli slaw fixins
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • juice of 1 lime
  • bunch of cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 1 teas of sesame oil
  • salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 20 minutes so that the flavors mingle before serving.



In the mean time, my company is looking for a cork screw. Little does he know we have boxed wine...


  1. Parsley Sage says:

    Heh. Clever girl. You're much nicer than me. I just flat out tell those meddlers to
    'mind their business.' Kick ass turkey burgers. That slaw looks devine! Buzzed 🙂

  2. Michelle O says:

    I love the cilantro and that slaw looks so moist and like it really compliments the burger. Well done. Great photos too! I love Chow.

  3. These look like fantastic, flavourful burgers, Kita. I am not the grill master in my house, but nor am I the backseat griller!

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    These looks so good, can I come over for dinner?

  5. Sandra's Easy Cooking says:

    Just to let you know my mouth is watering! This looks soo good..I could eat two right now easily:))
    Have a wonderful week!

  6. That looks awesome!! And so easy!! Next on my recipe list! I think we use more propane than water during our So Cal summers...haha!

  7. Steph@stephsbitebybite says:

    What great flavors!! I am obsessing over the slaw!

  8. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    I love the flavors that you have added to the turkey! It can be kind of bland to me. We eat turkey burgers a lot though so I love having a new way to dress it up. Thanks, it sounds wonderful!

  9. Kita - in my house I AM THE FLAME MASTER!! My husband has learned that taking the tongs away from me is asking for a very long, uncomfortable night! The slaw burgers look amazing!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    What is actually in broccoli slaw? There's no such thing here as "broccoli slaw fixin's"..

  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

    These look too pretty to eat! I love a good burger, and mixing up the flavors like this is always good!

  12. Lindsey@Lindselicious says:

    Oh this looks good, I love the flavors that you have in here and the slaw! YUM!!!

  13. Backseat griller? I think I resemble that remark!

  14. The Culinary Lens says:

    This looks delicious. It has my imagination firing. I am a bit of a back seat griller but only in that I change every recipe I ever read even when they are really good. I use gret recipes as a jumping off point.

  15. Those burgers sound amazing. I love how you managed to get those "helpers" to help away from the grill.

  16. Leanna @ Raptortoe says:

    Oh you made my recipe!!! How was it 😀

  17. Yum these look like great burgers Kita. Hope all is well with you 🙂

  18. lisaiscooking says:

    These look fantastic! Love all the flavors added to the burgers and the slaw on top sounds great with them.

  19. Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie says:

    Mmm...looks good! I actually made turkey burgers last night and can't wait to have them for dinner again tonight. :-p It was my first time actually eating them and was pleasantly surprised at how good they were. Didn't miss the beef at all. :-p I'm digging your version with the broccoli slaw and the hot spices in the burger itself. Yum!

  20. Kevin (Closet Cooking) says:

    Nice looking burgers! The Thai curry paste adds some amazing flavour to burgers!

  21. I just found this recipe on Food Gawker. Pinning it so that I don't forget when the bbq weather turns back up again!

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