Don't you guys just love a good burger? There is something special about them to me. I love that you can get so many different kinds of burgers depending on what you are in the mood for.
One of my favorite places, Quatman Cafe, has burgers that we call "backyard burgers". "It is basically like the burger your dad would grill in the summer" I say when describing the restaurant to friends. They don't even have menus! Just a menu board right when you walk in. And then on the other end of things, there is Gordo's with there incredible gourmet burgers with names like the Jean Robert and the French. AND both of these places are within 5 minutes of my house! I may never move.
So on this particular night, I was in the mood for something Asian inspired but also a burger, and so Korean Burgers were born.
Here's what ya need:
1 lb lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves- minced
3 green onions- sliced
1 egg- lightly beaten
1/4 c. panic bread crumbs
1 Tbsp gochugaru (korean chili flakes- you can find them at the Cincinnati Asian Market, but you can use red pepper flakes too)
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil, plus more for coating the grill pan
cheese of your choice (I used swiss)
Quick pickled red onions (link below)
Cucumber Kimchi (link below)
And here's what ya do:
1. Mix the first 8 ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Mix until combined, but don't over mix- it will lead to tough burgers.
2. Separate the mixture into 4 equal parts and form into patties. Once formed, take your thumb and press into the center of one side of each patty. This will help when cooking because the meat will expand, and rather than plumping up into a ball, they will fill this space so you still end up with the proper patty shape.
3. On a grill or in a grill pan, cook burgers for about 5 minutes per side or to the desired doneness. Cook them with the indented side up first. When there is about 2 minutes left, top with cheese and let it get all melty.
4. Top with lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, and cucumber kimchi. Enjoy!
Recipe for quick pickled red onions here.
Recipe for cucumber kimchi here.