Asian Turkey Burgers

1 lb ground white turkey meat
1 medium zucchini, grated
1/4 cup shredded carrot, steamed until soft (microwave with a little water or cook on stovetop) and cooled
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon almond butter
2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
large pinch salt
dash cayenne pepper
fresh ground pepper
Cilantro (optional)
Sesame seeds (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients in bowl, mixing til combined but not overmixing.

3. Score meat into four sections using your finger or a knife.

4. Heat a nonstick pan over high heat with 1 Tablespoon canola oil. Form four patties with hands (warning--this mixture will be very sticky!) and drop into hot oil in pan. Cook the burgers for a few minutes, then flip. Immediately put the pan into the oven (if your pan has a wooden handle, wrap it in tin foil) and cook until internal temperature reads 160 degrees, 5-10 minutes depending on thickness of burger.

5. Using a potholder, remove pan from oven. (Helpful hint learned the hard way by your recipe writer: Put the potholder onto the handle of the pan so you don't forget that it's hot and grab it!) Take burgers off pan and let rest on cutting board or plates for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds, if desired.

Serves 4.

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