Originally posted September 04, 2011

Bulgogi Burger

Bulgogi Burger by car2ngrl

So the other day, I went to a restaurant and had a disappointing "Kimchi Burger". As I thought about it, I realized the problem. I was really hoping to have a Korean inspired burger and instead I got this meatloaf/cabbage thing. It occurred to me that what they should have served was a Bulgogi Burger with a Kimchi slaw. And then I thought, why not do it yourself. So here's my take.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1-1/2 cup kimchi
  • Burger buns
3-4 servings


In a bowl, mix the beef and all ingredients (except the kimchi and buns).

Allow meat to sit for 10 minutes.

Divide meat into 3 or 4 patties and either fry or grill to your desired doneness.

While the patties cook, toast the buns (if desired) and julienne the kimchi.

Assemble the burgers and serve.

about 20 minutes


  • commented over 6 years ago

    BTW, I upped the amount of meat to 2 pounds, which seems to make a better ratio to the sauce. This latest time around, I used 80/20 ground beef and grilled the burgers, which seemed to also enhance the burger.

    Another note, this goes great with Korean Spinach on the side.

  • commented over 6 years ago

    Yes, I've been to the Kimchi Museum (pre-renovation) and there I learned that kimchi is basically a pickle. So yeah, I do plan to pickle stuff...someday -- maybe not an authentic Korean recipe right off the bat. When I get around to it, though, I would love to do Ggakdoogi [Chopped Radish Kimchi] because it's delicious and I love to say it. (BTW, the other food Iove to say & eat is "tabouli".)

  • commented over 6 years ago

    You're so right! Not sure why you didn't make that when I was over at your house... I'm admiring the meat-to-kimchi ratio. Clearly, you like kimchi so obviously you have opinions. You look like someone who has been to the Kimchi Museum in Korea. When are you making a recipe for kimchi? :)


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