Asian Turkey Burger with Sesame Mayonnaise (South Beach Phase 2) |

These turkey burgers with Asian spices make the perfect meal for South Beach Phase 2 dieters. Served on a whole wheat bun with sesame mayonnaise and topped with lettuce, red onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes

This recipe serves 4.

You may prepare the sesame mayonnaise earlier, cover and keep it refrigerated for up to 2 days.

You may prepare the turkey patties for later use. Wrap and keep in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours/freezer for up to 3 months.

Hoisin Sauce

*Hoisin sauce is like a Chinese barbecue sauce, usually used as a glaze for meats and also as a condiment. Among the ingredients are soybean paste, garlic, chilies, and various spices which may contain sugar and vinegar.


  • 2 slices of whole-wheat bread (processed into crumbs)
  • 12 oz (340 g) lean ground turkey breast
  • 8 oz water chestnuts (chopped)
  • 2 tbsps hoisin sauce*
  • 2 stalks of green onion (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsps sesame oil

For serving:

  • 4 whole grain hamburger buns
  • 8 slices tomato
  • leaf lettuce
  • sesame mayonnaise

For sesame mayonnaise:

  • 2 tbsps low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsps low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp less sodium soy sauce (e.g. Kikkoman, Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil


  1. Put all ingredients for sesame mayonnaise in a bowl and whisk until blended.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  3. Put bread crumbs, ground turkey, water chestnuts, hoisin sauce, green onion, ginger, garlic, and salt in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 portions, then form into 1/2″-thick patties (make them thinner at the center to avoid steaming while grilling) and brush with sesame oil.
  5. When the grill is ready, hold an oiled paper towel with tongs and oil the grill rack.
  6. Grill the turkey patties for 5 minutes on each side, until both sides are browned.
  7. To serve, cut a bun into half, top with turkey patty, lettuce, tomato, and some mayonnaise, and top with another half of the bun.