hoisin turkey burger with ginger-garlic green beans

I'll admit that this doesn't perhaps look like the most appetizing meal. But that's my poor work-night, too hungry to care, just feed me now.... photography. I'm not alone in this sentiment. I know it.

But unless the meal is an absolute g-d trainwreck, I'm going to write about it... so that I can make it again. Or learn from my mistakes. When making burgers, I've always let the meat shine and been resistent to add many flavors. I think my burgers end up being a beer, kosher salt, garlic powder, and maybe like two other things. I honestly can't remember. I should fix that.

But you can see rather quickly how different this recipe is from my straight forward burger. There are a LOT of flavors being tossed in here. Plus, they are spicy flavors. I did love the idea of the heavy scallions, cilantro, and lime .... but perhaps will hold back on the cayenne and 5-spice going forward.

Here's how it goes.

(1) Combine ground turkey with 1 T hoisin sauce. Then add in the cilantro, lime juice, cayenne, 5-spice powder, 1/3 of the scallions chopped, half of the ginger. Season with salt and pepper

(2) Preheat broiler to high with the rack about 6-8 inches from the heat.

(3) Shape turkey mixture into 2 patties and place on a rimmed baking sheet. The patties will be about 4 inches wide.

(4) Broil patties until browned and then flip and brown the other side. It should be about 5 minutes each side. Pull from the oven and set aside.

(5) Toasted Buns? Lay buns open flat on a baking sheet ... or just the rack. I went with the rack. Broil until toasty - which is about a minute.

(6) Heat a skillet to medium-high heat and add olive oil. Then add ginger and scallions for a minute or two until it smells nice. Then add beans and garlic. Cook until beans are tender. Probably about 4 minutes.

(7) Assemble! Patties go onto buns, top with a bit more hoisin sauce. Serve with those tasty green beans and a lime wedge.

Shopping List
2 oz scallions
1 oz fresh ginger
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 oz fresh cilantro
1 lime
1/2 lb green beans
3/4 lb ground turkey
2 T hoisin sauce
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 t five-spice powder
olive oil

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