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Korean BBQ Burger with Classic Kimchi

10 min
Prep Time

20 min
Cooking Time

30 min
Total Time



  • 1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ tsp. ginger, ground

  • 1 tsp. sesame oil

  • 1 tsp. soy sauce

  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 tsps. olive oil

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted

  • 4 lettuce leaves

  • 1 cup Classic Kimchi, divided

Korean BBQ Sauce:

  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 ¼ tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black
  • pepper
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tbsp. honey


  • Place ground beef in a large bowl and break up into chunks. Add all of spices and seasonings into the meat and gently mix into the meat. Portion out 4 burger patties about 1 in. thick for cooking.
  • Heat a skillet or pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil to the pan. Cook burgers for about 4-5 minutes per side until cooked through.
  • For the sauce, add all ingredients including the cornstarch to a small saucepan and blend well.
  • Heat over medium heat and allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes until it becomes thick. Let it cool.
  • To assemble burgers, spread mayonnaise on the bottom bun, add lettuce then the burger patty.

  • Glaze the burger with Korean BBQ sauce. Top with 1-2 tbsp. of Classic Kimchi and the other bun.

  • Enjoy!


The burger patties can be made a day ahead of time. Place them on a sheet pan lined with foil and cover tightly with saran wrap to keep fresh.

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