Bulgogi Burgers

Bulgogi Burger

A while ago I made some bulgogi that I really enjoyed and I remembered thinking that a bulgogi burger would be a good idea. Bulgogi is a Korean dish of meat that is marinated in a sweet and salty marinade and then cooked over fire. Now that summer is here, it was the perfect time to try out my idea. I started with ground beef and the marinade from the bulgogi recipe. There was a lot of liquid in the bulgogi marinade, far too much for burgers, so I tried to reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe. I then went with the tried and true burger binding of an egg and some bread crumbs. The bulgogi burgers turned out really good! They held together nicely and yet they were super moist and just full of flavour. I of course had to have some of my homemade kimchi in the bulgogi burgers and it added even more flavour and a bit of heat. I served the bulgogi burgers with some baked sweet potato wedges and some steamed asparagus in a gochujang sauce.

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 cloves garlic (grated)
1/2 inch ginger (grated)
1/2 small onion (grated)
1/2 Fuji apple (grated and juice squeezed from the pulp, discard the pulp)
1/2 Korean pear (grated and juice squeezed from the pulp, discard the pulp)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 green onion (chopped)
1 egg
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions:
1. Mix everything in a bowl.
2. Form 4 patties and place them on a broiling pan.
3. Broil until cooked, about 10-15 minutes.

Similar Recipes:
Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)
Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)
Thai Peanut Turkey Burger
Sloppy Joes (with Gochujang)
Teriyaki Shrimp Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Salsa, Bacon and Blue Cheese

57 comments:

Elly said...

I admit I've never had bulgogi but I remember seeing your first post about it and thinking it was something I would definitely enjoy. This looks great! The flavors are right up my alley.

meeso said...

A different tasting burger, what a nice change!

Natasha said...

It looks super-tasty!

sarah j. gim said...

LOVE that you made a bulgogi burger, and with the kimchee on top, definitely looks better than my birthday bulgogi burger ;)

need to serve that up with some korean-style potato salad!

Astra Libris said...

Wow! I'm currently printing your recipe to add to my "must fix" file... This sounds incredible! (I'm looking forward to fixing your bulgogi recipe soon too...)

Esi said...

Yum! I have not tried bulgogi. Maybe I will try that first and then the burger.

Paula said...

You are a creative machine! I've never tasted anything like your burger creation, and boy do I want to! This looks good!

maybelles parents said...

Oh, I love korean. Very long ago I made some galbi style tofu, and I love making kimchi. And, as a burger, love it.

Erika said...

Kevin, you are the most creative cook! I feel like I am constantly wishing I could sample all of your meals!

OhioMom said...

I will take a seat next to Erika, you have some of the most amazing meals. I am drooling here, and I don't even eat beef :)

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

Looks so good! And what a pleasant surprise!

Dragon said...

I've never tried bulgogi before. It sounds great and the burger looks perfect.

coffeepot said...

I have never even heard of that kevin. Thanks for the heads up and it looks great.

cakebrain said...

That's a fantastic idea to incorporate the flavours into a burger! Sometimes it's not easy having the appropriate cut of beef for bulgogi around and a burger is so much easier to deal with!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Bulgogi burgers sound like a fabulous idea. And is that a sweet potato fry I see peeking from the corner? ;)

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Oops, I misread. . .you did say it was sweet potato fries. I guess I was so excited seeing the sweet potato fries!

giz said...

Now this is interesting...hmmmm...a Korean grocery store opened near my house not too long ago. Simply everything looks foreign and I keep going back to watch the demonstrations. I can see why you love these influences in your cooking.

Ben said...

I like all the burgers you make and this is not the exception. Great job!

noobcook said...

What a beautiful and appetite-inducing burger, yum!

Sara<3 said...

Oh man! This looks delicious. So creative to put it on a burger!

Prudy said...

I love Korean food and bulgogi is one of my favorites! These hamburgers looks so delicious!

Zen Chef said...

Sounds like a great idea! Never had anything like this before but i bet it taste delicious. And with Kimchi too? I'm sold!

Manggy said...

Awesome. Even the asparagus followed the theme! I haven't had beef bulgogi in a while and this is making my mouth water!

Helene said...

Thanks for the recipe Kevin. The boys would really enjoy that.

Jeanine said...

What a nice way to change up a burger. Sounds delicious!

Cathy C said...

These look great and the ingrediant list is very unique - I have never had this but I am up to trying it that is for sure. I love the use of the Panko bread crumbs as the texture ans taste is excellent.

Jenny said...

YUM! Kevin this looks incredible!

cindy* said...

how creative, love this idea! it looks great and of course kimchi is the perfect condiment.

Jude said...

kimchi in a burger sounds really interesting right now. yum.

Dhanggit said...

i love love bulgogi and what a genius idea to make burgers out of this!! yummy

Lori said...

Great idea! Kimchi burgers are fairly common here in Hawaii, don't know why I haven't thought of bulgogi burgers before! :)

Peter M said...

Kevin, the marinade sounds similar to what's used for Korean short ribs (kalbi) which are fantastic.

Very creative and you're causing me to want Korean 2nite!

Pam said...

While your burger looks great, as usual, I am drawn to those splendid looking sweet potato wedges!!

Jan said...

I love the idea of a different tasting burger - I've never had bulgogi.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks great Kevin. In Korea, they actually sell bulgogi burgers on buns made from grilled rice.

cook eat FRET said...

impressive - as usual. it looks delicious and interesting!

DocChuck said...

WOW! What a great combination of flavors. Thanks for the idea.

Elra said...

You know Kevin, I always have a hard time to appreciate burger, it just not my type of food. Maybe because the regular burger is always too plain (for me)! I always want something spicy and lots of spices.

So, your burger sounds so good and quite unusual. This will be my ultimate burger!!!!!! Thanks for your always brilliant idea! I think you should be a chef and open a restaurant!

Hillary said...

The kimchi on top looks delicious! Nice idea!

Bobby said...

Solid flavors, I am not to familiar with bulgogi, but this burger sounds amazing.

Sue said...

I've not had a Bulgogi burger or even heard of them before. Yours look so good Kevin, I have save your recipe in my to try file.

Annie & Nate said...

Dude, you rock! That is great adaptation of a classic. Nicely done.

Deborah said...

Your food is always so interesting! Makes me think I'm getting really boring...

OnlyInDreams012 said...

that looks Awesome!

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! looks amazing...I have to look up bulgogi...

melissa said...

What a fabulous idea! Very nice crossover, Kevin. It looks really good. :) I would especially love it with the kimchi. Awesome.

wannabefoodie said...

Wow! I'vw been on a burger kick lately and these look really intriguing so I'm definitely going to put these on the menu for next month!

Cheryl said...

My god my local Hawaiian restaurant has them, YUM!

Grace said...

what a terrific burger topper--masterful idea, kevin!

Angela said...

OMG, this looks unbelievably good. Genius idea! Thanks for posting!

The Mood Food Blog said...

This looks really different- I'm definitely going to give it a try! :)

S for Kitchen Confit said...

What an intriguing idea for a burger to add bulgogi!

diva said...

korean cuisine sure has some amazing flavours. i love how u've served this with burgers!

HoneyB said...

This looks so delicious! I will be bookmarking this recipe!

Lina said...

very interesting fusion food! I love bulgogi but Ive never thought to eat it as a burger! Nice!

TheRoosterChick said...

Love your burger recipes, their always so creative.

Princekermit said...

I have been eating Korean Bulgogi Burgers in Austin Texas, since about 1995. I am a total addict. Seriously. There are a number of joints named "Burger Tex" which are all owned by differing (unaffiliated) Korean families.

They are all outstanding, but I would say the BurgerTex II location near the University of Texas @ austin is the best of them all.
Set your gps for 2912 Guadalupe st. in Austin TX.
It was ranked 14th of the top 50 burgers in the state, by Texas Monthly magazine, (Texas Monthly, Wednesday, July 22, 2009)

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