Kimchi Beef Burgers with Creamy Kimchi Sauce

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Spicy, tangy, salty and complex, kimchi is a Korean condiment that has taken the culinary world by storm and just keeps growing in popularity. Try this Asian-inspired burger recipe for a delicious twist on basic barbecue boredom.

Kimchi burger with kimchi sauce on wooden background, sauce dish and a jar of kimchi on the side.

Blended with kimchi, soy and sesame, this classic hamburger brings unique flavors that are anything but simple. Ditch the ketchup and mustard and try something special with this kimchi beef burger recipe.

Made from a combination of vegetables, garlic, ginger, chili peppers, salt, and fish sauce, kimchi is a fermented Korean favorite that pairs excellently with strong protein flavors like beef and pork and adds spicy veggie bite.

Kimchi burger with kimchi sauce held up by a woman's hands.

Like sassy sauerkraut with an Asian flavor profile, kimchi most commonly uses cabbage for its tart vegetable base, but can also be made with carrots, radishes, cucumber or many deliciously crisp vegetables.

Thanks to its widespread popularity, it’s easy to find in most grocery stores. You may even have a variety to choose from to find your favorite, but most kimchi is pickle-sour, garlicky, spicy and delicious.

The rich sesame oil and creamy mayonnaise in this recipe balance the tart kimchi for a perfect dressing. Arugula in place of lettuce adds a fresh, peppery taste that brings all the flavors into harmony.

Kimchi burger with kimchi sauce on wooden background, sauce dish and a jar of kimchi on the side.

To avoid a greasy or heavy burger, look for freshly ground beef that is lower in fat content and always remember to toast your buns.

If you’ve tried kimchi before, you know how great the pickled crunch goes with perfectly grilled beef. And if you’ve never tried kimchi before, what are you waiting for?

Kimchi burger with kimchi sauce on wooden background, sauce dish on the side.

Kimchi Beef Burgers with Creamy Kimchi Sauce

Joss D
Ditch the ketchup and mustard and try something special with this kimchi beef burger recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, German, Korean
Servings 4
Calories 433 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the Burger:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • cup kimchidrained and chopped (reserve the juice)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. black sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper

For the Creamy Kimchi Sauce:

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp. kimchi juicefrom the jar of kimchi
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce

To Serve:

  • 4 burger bunslightly toasted
  • Arugula leaves
  • 1 cucumberthinly sliced
  • 1 tomatosliced

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, chopped kimchi, sesame seeds and soy sauce. Don’t overwork the mixture if you want to avoid a tough burger.
  • Shape into 4 patties. Season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large non-stick frying pan to medium. Add 1 tbsp. canola oil to the pan and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Fry the patties for 3-5 minutes per side, until fully cooked.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients together.
  • Assemble the hamburger buns with the beef patties, vegetable toppings and kimchi sauce. Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Frying pan
Bowls

Notes

Nutrition information for this recipe does not include the toppings or sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 433kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 25gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 704mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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