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Korean Beef Burgers

Written by Karine Wlasichuk (
  • 40 minutes

We cannot stress this enough: these Korean beef burgers are SO tasty and unique! They can be whipped together under an hour and truly wow your guests - everything is on theme and coordinated, down to the 10-second homemade mayo.



For the beef patties,

  • Brioche buns
  • 1 package of ground beef
  • 2 tbsp of Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce (1 for the patty, 1 for the cooking)
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil (1 for the patty, 1 for the cooking)
  • 1 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh basil, chopped

AND, if you're feeling extra sneaky: add a finely chopped kale leaf in the patties- oh you know I had to.

For the Hoisin mayo,

  • 1 tbsp of Hoisin sauce for 3 tbsp of regular mayo

For the garnish,

  • 3-4 baby bok choy (bottoms discarded)
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 pinch of sesame seeds

Additional ideas for fillings: marinated purple slaw, arugula with a soy-sauce and sesame oil dressing, caramelized red onion slices, or even algae chips!

For the side salad,

  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp of rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of fresh basil
  • sea salt

For the potatoes/thick homemade fries,

  • sea salt (a generous pinch!)
  • 3 tbsp of sesame oil


1. Slice your potatoes in quarters and season with sesame oil and sea salt. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping them halfway.

2. Midway through the potatoes cooking, prepare the side salad. In a small bowl, combine all cucumber salad ingredients except for the basil. Mix thoroughly and set aside - we want the cucumber to marinate while everything cooks! Add the basil at the very end for a final toss.

3. When the potatoes are less than 10 minutes away from being fully cooked, toss all your bok choy leaves with sesame oil and sesame seeds with a splash of soy sauce and pop them in the oven. Watch the tray as it only takes a minute too long to go from crispy greens to burnt paper.

4. The buns take less than 8 minutes to cook, so you can start preparing them just before cooking the bok choy leaves: make the patties by combining all ingredients listed above and heat a skillet with soy sauce and sesame oil over medium heat. Depending on how you like your beef, cook between 6-9 minutes, while flipping the patties a few times. Set aside and add the buns for 1-2 minutes, flipping them halfway and gently pressing them down with a spatula so they absorb a little juice.

5. In a small bowl, prepare as much hoisin mayo as desired (again, the ratio should be 1 tbsp of hoisin for 3 tbsp of mayo).

6. Spread mayo on each bun, place the patties and cover them generously with as much bok choy as desired. Very simple, very tasty!

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