The 31-year-old forward was coming off a two-goal display in last weekend’s 7-0 thrashing of New York City FC and took just four minutes to open the scoring, heading home a Sacha Kljestan free-kick.
The strike saw the ex-Manchester City man draw level with Thierry Henry for second on the club’s all-time scoring list with 51 goals, and he soon passed his former teammate, making it 2-0 in the 25th-minute thanks to another assist from Kljestan.
He then completed his hat-trick just two minutes later, pouncing on a pass from Felipe Martins and finishing from close-range past Clint Irwin to complete the scoring before the game had even reached the half-hour mark.
The Englishman now has eight goals in his last seven appearances after failing to find the back of the net in the previous seven matches, while his treble also set the MLS record for the fastest hat-trick from the start of a game.
Speaking about Wright-Phillips’ scoring streak after the win, Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch told newyorkredbulls.com: “Everyone wanted to talk so much about how Brad wasn't scoring in the beginning of the year and where was he at, and all I just kept saying is our belief in him is at the highest level. And that's not just me talking, that's our entire group.
“We see him every day. We see all the quality he has, and it's only a matter of time before he gets himself going. When he does, then the goals start to come in bunches. So here he is now. He's leading the league in scoring. Right? I mean, that says it all.”
On what has changed to turn around his form, Wright-Phillips himself added: “Just a little bit of luck, I said that at the beginning of the season. I was getting chances and some of them were bad finishes and some of them were getting lucky.
“You get these little streaks and they go and in two weeks you guys could be asking me what’s gone wrong. It’s just how it goes, you know? For us strikers especially.”
The win over TFC moves the Red Bulls up to second in the Eastern Conference after 14 games, having recorded six wins, one draw and suffered seven defeats to leave them with 19 points – just one behind conference leaders the Philadelphia Union.
The reigning Supporters’ Shield winners now have a three-week break during the group stage of the Copa America Centenario before resuming their season against the Seattle Sounders on 19 June at Red Bull Arena.