These Korean BBQ Burgers are the hamburger version of Korea's famously delicious bulgogi beef. The ground beef is mixed with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, scallions and brown sugar, formed into patties and grilled. They are juicy and flavorful beyond belief. Hands down my all time favorite burger ever.
Korea is renowned for its marinated grilled Bulgogi Beef, traditionally made from sliced prime cuts of beef and flavorful beyond belief. This recipe uses the same ingredients, only instead of a putting them into a marinade, they're mixed with ground beef and made into burgers... incredibly juicy and flavorful burgers, and the brown sugar helps them get richly caramelized on the grill, adding even more great flavor.
This is my favorite way to make burgers. In fact, for years now, it's the only way I make burgers.
I love to serve these bbq burgers hot off the grill, on toasted buns and topped with creamy miso mayonnaise and homemade quick pickled onions and radishes. Don't skip the toppings. They're easy to make and they add tons of exciting color, flavor, creaminess and crunch to these amazing burgers.
How To Make Korean BBQ Burgers
Here's an overview of the recipe. For full, printable instructions, see the recipe card below.
- Make the burger patties: Chop the aromatic vegetables: garlic, ginger and scallions. Mix them with the ground beef, soy sauce, sesame oil and brown sugar. These burgers can be mixed up and formed up to 24 hours ahead. Refrigerate them until you're ready to grill them.
- Make the homemade pickles: Boil vinegar, sugar, salt and water until the solids dissolve. Pour the mixture over sliced onions and radishes. Chill in the fridge for an hour. Can be made two weeks ahead.
- Make the miso mayonnaise: Mix mayo with store-bought miso and sriracha. This can be made 3 days ahead.
- Grill the burgers: Heat the barbecue grill to medium-high. Grill the burgers for 4-5 minutes per side or until they're done to your liking.
This is a great recipe for feeding a crowd because you can make everything in advance. When it's time to eat, all you have to do is pop the burgers on the grill for a few minutes.
Let's talk about the miso mayonnaise
Burgers need some sort of sauce on top. Traditional ketchup doesn't work for these Korean BBQ Burgers because tomatoes overpower the bulgogi flavors. However, the umami flavors in miso works beautifully with these burgers! I hope you try the miso - it's an amazing flavor that can't be replicated.
Miso is a thick paste made from fermented soy beans, rice or barley and has a wonderful, intense flavor. Miso is available at Whole Foods and Asian grocers. Because miso is fermented, it can be stored in the fridge indefinitely. So if you have any left over, you can save it for future recipes.
If you can't find miso, there's a good substitute that comes close using brown sugar and soy sauce. See the recipe notes for details.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH KOREAN BBQ BURGERS
I love these bbq burgers with Japanese potato salad on the side and either this simple kale salad or this colorful corn, tomato avocado salad or both.
Korean bbq burgers also pair well with this simple Thai cucumber salad.
Other delicious Korean recipes to try:
- Bibimbap: Korean Rice Bowl with Beef and Vegetables
- Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps Appetizer
- Korean Chicken Stew with Spinach (quick and easy)
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