Jerky turkey burgers with papaya salsa

  • 600g minced turkey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2.5cm ginger root, grated
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 4 burger buns, split
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • For the Papaya salsa
  • 1 large, ripe papaya, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 orange
1) For the Burgers: Combine the turkey, garlic, spring onions, ginger, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Form mixture into 4 large patties no more than 2.5cm thick. Drizzle the patties with a touch of oil.

2) Preheat a large nonstick frying pan to medium high heat. Place patties in the hot pan and cook for 6 minutes on each side.

3) Meanwhile make the Papaya salsa: Combine the papaya, red pepper, red onion, serrano or jalapeno, coriander and orange juice in a bowl. Season with salt to taste.

3) Squeeze the lime juice over the patties before removing them from the heat. Serve in buns topped with lettuce leaves and salsa.

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