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Friday Catch Up + Cilantro Turkey Burgers (Gluten Free)

Upon request, I’m bringing you the recipe for my delicious Cilantro Turkey Burgers as well as the Friday Catch Up!

We’ll start with the Friday Catch Up, of course!

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Friday Catch Up

1) The Empower Race Weekend starts today! I am heading out this afternoon/evening for San Francisco, and then I get to spend the weekend surrounded by the lovely Sweat Pink ladies and many more friends. Since I missed out on Blogfest this year, I am in withdrawals from those fantastic women. I love the Bay Area, and I am so excited to get to run there! About those hills, though…

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Speaking of, a bit of a change of plans for the race weekend means that I will be running the 10K on Saturday instead of the 5K and then half (Sunday). This is actually perfect for me–I haven’t run further than 5 odd miles since becoming pregnant, and the half would have been doable per my adjusted plan, but it would have been a stretch. Now, I will good as gold!

2) I’m doing this as a separate point, but it is pretty much part C of the first point. I will be available all day Sunday in the Berkeley/San Francisco area! So far, I haven’t heard back from my cousins in the area, and everyone that I know who lives there appears to be out of town or has recently moved (rude). So I am on my own as of now… what should I do?

Things to know: I HAVE been to San Francisco before–Alex and I actually got engaged there! I would love to see Alcatraz, but there is no way that I can get reservations for that. I have never been in the Berkeley area, so I would love to putz around there–any suggestions? Any fave running routes? I will probably do a light run Sunday (because I must!). Would love your suggestions.

3) Before I jet off, I get to have lunch with my girl Sarah, who you may remember hosted Alex and me for brunch in New York! She and her husband are in Chicago for the weekend celebrating their 5 year anniversary, and I just know they are going to have the best time. Upon my recommendation, they going to BOKA for dinner Friday night, so I have no doubt that (along with lunch with me), Friday will be one for the memory banks. Even better? They are staying literally around the corner from me… if only I would be here!

4) So, whether or not you make the burgers below (which I fervently encourage you to do), make the cilantro paste because you can use it for so much more than just burgers. Last night, I added a heaping spoonful to eggs and scrambled them with onion and then folded in pepper jack cheese (for Alex) and tomato (for me) before adding to tortillas for breakfast for dinner tacos! DELICIOUS

5) Recipe Time!

Easy Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers (Gluten Free)

These Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers are a deliciously easy and healthy way to use all the fresh cilantro from your CSA. @suzlyfe

I created this from the scads of cilantro that we received from our first CSA box (another great CSA recipe idea!). I had just had a TON of pico de gallo at work, so I wasn’t in the mood for pico or guac, and though I first thought chimichuri, I didn’t have the parsley to balance everything out. So I decided to devise a burger creation that featured the cilantro and other CSA recipe goodies, and thus these Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers were born (not whipped up lol)

Have I told you how gosh darn EASY these are? You can do them with as few as 5 ingredients, actually. Which you know I am all about. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY. Speaking of, if you don’t feel like going the fresh cilantro route, grab a cilantro spread or that cilantro gel you can get at the grocery store. It won’t be as badass as a CSA (YEAH I SAID IT), but it will still be delicious.

These Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers are a deliciously easy and healthy way to use all the fresh cilantro from your CSA. @suzlyfe

And yes, you need the pretzel bun. Because always a pretzel bun. Der.

Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers (Gluten Free)

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Prep: Cook: Yield: 4 burgersTotal:

These Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers are a deliciously easy and healthy way to use all the fresh cilantro from your CSA.

You'll Need...

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 TBSP-1/4 cup Cilantro Paste
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sliced Red or White Onion
  • Bok Choi (either one baby or 1/2 large)
  • Tamari Ginger Dressing (store bought or combine Tamari or liquid Aminos with powdered ginger)
  • 4 Pretzel buns (or GF bun of choice)
  • Lemon
  • Cilantro Paste:
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro (eyeball however much you think you will need)
  • 1-2 cloves minced fresh garlic OR 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flake OR 1 TBSP Sriracha
  • 1-2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Optional:
  • 1-2 TBSP Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup gluten free crackers, crushed


  1. Make the Cilantro paste in a food processor and process until rough, but not pureed. If desired, add in olive or vegetable oil to make smoother. You do not want it wet!
  2. Combine the first 4 ingredients listed. If not making the Cilantro Paste, also add in garlic and red pepper flake. Form into patties and set aside to let flavors combine.
  3. Slice bok choi into desired sizes: I went with 2x2 inch strips (if large. Fold in half lengthwise, then slice across the stem). Saute bok choi over medium heat with 1-2 TBSP of Tamari Ginger dressing and a spritz of lemon.
  4. Remove bok choi to a bowl off of heat. Return same pan to heat, spray with cooking spray or olive oil, and cook burgers until firm, but not hard, to touch, flipping once.
  5. When burgers are done, remove to a separate plate to rest. Take pretzel buns, slice in half, spray with cooking spray, and place face down on pan. When bun is toasted, build your burger!
  6. Pretzel bun + burger + tamari ginger sauteed bok choi + onion + drizzle of extra sauce. Optional addition of avocado!

See? I told you they were crazy easy!! And what a great use of CSA produce. (more ideas here!). 

I’m off like a prom dress to get Ridley out for her playtime and my walk before Sarah and her hubs arrive! Oh, and if you were wondering, no, I haven’t packed. Probably should do that. Maybe. 

What is your favorite fresh herb?

Pretzel bun: yay or yay?


Linking up with Foodie Friday (Farrah, Annmarie, Esther,), Friday Five 2.0, Meatless Monday (Sarah and Deborah) and another Meatless Monday (Annmarie and Dixya),

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  • Reply Christina @

    Those burgers sound SO good! I am loving all the herbs this summer, need to make these ASAP!

    August 4, 2017 at 6:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha yes you do indeed!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    These look delicious, and I love cilantro! Hope you have a fun trip.

    August 4, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Rae

    Oo, have fun in SF! I do love the time I’ve spent there, but it’s always been short, frenzied trips, so I don’t have a lot of great recs. Also, these burgers look delish. Thanks!

    August 4, 2017 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you make them and love them!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I cannot wait to hear about your weekend in SF. I am doing the Ragnar out there in November.

    August 4, 2017 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Get ready for hills and fog!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    I think I could bathe in cilantro. No really. These look dreamy. Have SO MUCH fun in SF!! (I am jealous but will live vicariously through you.)

    August 4, 2017 at 7:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just hop a plane. i’m sure the hubs can manage 😀

      August 6, 2017 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I adore fresh basil!
    Have fun on your trip!!! Hope you find someone to hang with! Wish I was there!

    August 4, 2017 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish you were too! You sure that baby plane can’t make it out here?

      August 6, 2017 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Kim G

    Yum! One issue I always seem to have with turkey burgers is that they come out a little dry, but these look delicious and juicy!

    August 4, 2017 at 8:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Most people cook them until they are hockey pucks. You don’t have to do that! Also, if you are worried, the sour cream helps lock in moisture.

      August 6, 2017 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Now I want me a turkey burger for breakfast 😛

    August 4, 2017 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like there have been worse ideas!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    LOVE turkey burgers! Safe travels to San Francisco this weekend, go figure I’m coming to Chicago, lol. It’ll be for a short girls trip, I’ll need to come back and do the city right again.

    August 4, 2017 at 8:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And that means letting me show you around!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Cora

    Holy geez these are insane! The burger itself looks amazing, but then topped with ginger tamari bok choy!? Where do you come up with this genius!? Also I’ve never had a pretzel bun. Don’t see them much here. That needs to change.

    My only San Francisco recommendation is to bring me. Thank you.

    August 4, 2017 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha if only I could have picked you up on the way!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Pretzel buns are YAY. Have fun in San Francisco! We are possibly going there in December after CIM and the whole place just looks awesome.

    August 4, 2017 at 9:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Have you never been? It is such a great place!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Marina @ Happy Healing

    YAY on the pretzel bun – I’ve never had one but that looks amazing!!

    Hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

    August 4, 2017 at 9:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      August 6, 2017 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Celia @ Chicago Jogger

    Have a great trip! If you are in Berkeley, you should stop by 1951 Coffee ( A friend of mine started the company; it’s a non-profit that trains refugees to be baristas. Pretty amazing!

    August 4, 2017 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is indeed amazing! I will try to make a stop there!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    1. That burger looks delicious. I hate cilantro, but I still want it!
    2. I wish I was coming to the Empower weekend. Have so much fun!

    August 4, 2017 at 9:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, do the same thing with another herb!
      I wish you were coming too!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Oh!!! SO EXCITING that you get to go to San Fransisco! I have never been but I REALLY want to go. HAVE SO MUCH FUN!

    August 4, 2017 at 10:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is such a great city. Expensive, but awesome!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Typically. I’m not a fan of ground turkey….but these look promising with the cilantro (and company). 😉

    August 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The company always helps!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Sarah @ Sweet Miles

    Those burgers look freaking awesome!!! Have a great weekend friend!

    August 4, 2017 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are delish! Thank you!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Hannah

    My husband is a cilantro hater, so I save all the CSA cilantro for myself but then forget to use it for anything….

    Pretzel buns YAY, obviously.

    August 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Nicole @fitnessfatale

    Looks amazing! My favorite herb is probably cilantro!

    I don’t even know where I could buy a pretzel bun but it sounds amazing!

    August 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Trader Joe’s a great one!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:45 am
  • Reply angela @ happy fit mama

    Have the best time in SF! I haven’t been there in 8 years and am itching to go back. We went to Alcatraz and it was super creepy. Even the boat ride there was eerie.

    August 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I totally want to go!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Have a great weekend! I wish I could come play with the SweatPink girls! Maybe next year.

    August 4, 2017 at 6:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are doing other events as well–check out what cities they are coming to!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Wendy

    Have a great trip! I love SF!

    August 4, 2017 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Gina

    That burger is making my mouth water! You can’t get in to Alcatraz? It’s been 8 years since I’ve been there but I don’t remember having a problem getting tickets. Wow!! Have fun and good luck with racing!

    August 4, 2017 at 10:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is crazy hard to get tickets nowadays!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Kat

    OMG those burgers! I absolutely adore cilantro, and just so happen to have it growing in my garden, which means I am going to make that cilantro pasta ASAP and using it on anything and everything!
    Have a great weekend girl! 🙂

    August 5, 2017 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously–you can put it just about anywhere!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Oh yummmmoooo these look good!

    My favourite fresh herb has to be basil, closely followed by parsley, mint and oregano!

    August 6, 2017 at 5:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m pretty sad because during this pregnancy, fresh basil isn’t tasting good to me!@

      August 6, 2017 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Farrah

    Andddd now I’m super craving some burgers! *-* + definitely with that pretzel bun!

    August 6, 2017 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Yayyy, I always feel so special when I get a shout-out on your blog 🙂 It was so great to see you!! We had such a great time exploring your neighborhood & city at large… We basically looked at architecture (and the u-boat) till we dropped. And of course I got my public transit fix, too 😉

    August 7, 2017 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was very happy to see that you found some transit terra cotta! I LOVED SEEING YOU

      August 13, 2017 at 7:25 am
  • Reply San

    Damn it, you were in SF…. I could have come out. I didn’t see this post in time (as I am again way behind and catching up!). I hope you had a fantastic time!

    That recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    August 14, 2017 at 7:11 pm
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