Turkey contains the amino acid tyrosine, which has been shown to help the brain maintain levels of dopamine, an important neurotransmitter to memory. As well it contains tryptophan that may improve cognition, memory performance and long and short term memory.

Recipe by Rose Reisman

Asian Turkey Burgers & Slaw

Asian Turkey Burgers & Slaw Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 5 mins Serves: 4


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned panko or dry breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or your favourite hot sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 cups packed coleslaw (pre-packaged or homemade)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or your favourite hot sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. 1 Make the burgers: In a bowl, combine the turkey, panko, 3 Tbsp hoisin, 1 1/2 tsp ginger, garlic, onion, soy sauce, 1 tsp Sriracha and 1 tsp oil. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and, using your hands, form into 4 patties.
  2. 2 Preheat a grill or heat a skillet to medium-high. (If using a skillet, lightly spray with vegetable oil.) Cook burgers for about 5 minutes per side or until cooked through and temperature reaches 165°F on a cooking thermometer.
  3. 3 Make the slaw: In a large bowl, toss together the coleslaw, cilantro, hoisin, oil, ginger, Sriracha, and sesame seeds.
  4. 4 To serve, divide the burgers among the serving plates. Top each serving with slaw.
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