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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!