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Having the privilege of working in the Chinatown area of Manhattan, I have access to some pretty delicious and cheap eats (when I’m not on Paleo). For a while my weekly (sometimes 3 days out of the week) obsession was grabbing a bahn mi. What’s not to love. It’s cheap (less than $5), filled with meat, pickled veggies, mayo and cilantro on a flaky baguette. Its like the best sandwich combination ever. I have even discovered a bahn mi shop across the street from my apartment that delivers and managed to get my mother and father hooked on bahn mis.

However.

Isn’t there always a “but” or “however”?

Bahn Mis can pack quite the caloric bomb. All the bread! All the unctuous meat! It adds up. So, naturally, I wanted to recreate a bahn mi type of sandwich that didn’t leave me feeling so guilty.

Does it taste just like a bahn mi? No. But its filled with great flavors that are very similar and familiar to bahn mi lovers.

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Turkey Bahn Mi Burgers with Asian Salad (serves 4)

For the salad:

1 cup of raw cabbage slaw

1 medium cucumber, sliced

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp sesame oil

pinch of red pepper flakes

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Before assembling the burgers, prepare the salad. Its best when its had a few moments to hangout. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Add the cabbage and cucumbers and lightly toss; enough to get all the veggies covered. Place in the fridge while you assemble the burgers.

For the burgers:

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 Tbsp minced ginger

1 clove minced garlic

1 tsp fish sauce

2 scallions, diced

1 diced jalapeno (optional)

zest of 1 lime (optional- if you’re not into citrus)

4 English muffins

(optional: mayo)

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Combine the turkey, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, scallions, jalapeno and lime zest until all ingredients are well incorporated. Form into 4 equally shaped patties (I goofed and ended up with 5 unenven ones- learn from me) and place on a non stick frying pan. Cook over a medium flame for 6 minutes on one side, flip and then cook for 4-6 minutes on the other.

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To assemble burger, you can toast your english muffins lightly, then spread a thin layer of mayonnaise  (and siracha!), the turkey burger, some cucumbers and slaw followed by the top of the english muffin. Have some additional slaw on the side.

1 turkey burger per serving. If you are cooking for just yourself or for you and 1 other person, assemble the burgers on an as needed basis. Or freeze the extra burgers.

They taste even better the following day!

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