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This bulgogi kimchi burger is a brilliant creation. It has the flavors of bulgogi and it is the classic Korean BBQ dish in burger form. 10/10 recommend this for anyone who loves the flavors of bulgogi but doesn’t want to make it!

If you love the flavors of Korean bulgogi, then you'll absolutely love this bulgogi kimchi burger! It is so flavorful and one of our favorites!

It seems to be every year that by the time March rolls around, we’re all ready for the warm weather and to take the covers off our grills and patio furniture.

I’m thankful that we’re going to be getting more light in the evenings but I’m waiting for the weather to get its act together.

We’ve gotten so much rain this past year.

To be really honest, I’m tired of wiping Winston every time he needs to go out into our waterlogged and muddy backyard.

He’s a low-rider so his underbelly just gets soaked.

If you love the flavors of Korean bulgogi, then you'll absolutely love this bulgogi kimchi burger! It is so flavorful and one of our favorites!

What is a bulgogi kimchi burger?

It is a burger with the flavors of the classic Korean dish, bulgogi.

It has kimchi topped on the burger along with a spicy gochujang mayo sauce.

I love that the sugars caramelize on the outside of the meat and gives it a nice crust and texture.

It’s so so good!

What is bulgogi?

According to Wikipedia, bulgogi is:

Literally “fire meat”, is a gui made of thin, marinated slices of beef or pork grilled on a barbecue or on a stove-top griddle. It is also often stir-fried in a pan in home cooking. Sirloin, rib eye or brisket are frequently used cuts of beef for the dish.

What does bulgogi taste like?

Bulgogi, to us, is a sweet and savory dish.

There is some sugar added to the dish but then there’s the soy sauce and all the Asian flavors that go into it.

If you’re interested, I do have a bulgogi recipe that my Korean friend’s mother gave her! So it’s legit.

If you love the flavors of Korean bulgogi, then you'll absolutely love this bulgogi kimchi burger! It is so flavorful and one of our favorites!

What is kimchi?

It’s a traditional Korean side dish that is of fermented cabbage and sometimes radishes and carrots.

Where can I buy kimchi?

Most supermarkets have it now!

If not, if you have an Asian supermarket, they definitely have it there.

Can I make kimchi myself?

You could but it takes quite a while, haha

What if I don’t like kimchi?

You don’t have to top the burger with kimchi if you don’t want to.

You can do another slaw-type of topping.

If you love the flavors of Korean bulgogi, then you'll absolutely love this bulgogi kimchi burger! It is so flavorful and one of our favorites!

What is gochujang?

It’s a spicy, sweet, and savory fermented sauce made from chilies and other ingredients.

What if I can’t find gochujang for the sauce?

You can substitute with sriracha. Not the same flavor profile but close.

Can I use ground beef instead?

You can.

Can this be made in a skillet?

Absolutely.

What can I serve with this bulgogi kimchi burger?

Spicy Chinese cucumber salad would be really refreshing and give it another spicy kick!

Chilled garlic soy cucumbers would be refreshing too!

If you love the flavors of Korean bulgogi, then you'll absolutely love this bulgogi kimchi burger! It is so flavorful and one of our favorites! #bulgogi #burger #kimchi #koreanfood #burgerrecipe

If you love the flavors of Korean bulgogi, then you'll absolutely love this bulgogi kimchi burger! It is so flavorful and one of our favorites!
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Bulgogi Kimchi Burger

If you love the flavors of bulgogi, you will love this burger!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Course: Burgers
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 405kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • Brioche hamburger buns, toasted

For the gochujang mayo sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1/2 tablespoon gochujang

Topping:

  • Fresh kimchi

Instructions

  • Preheat outdoor grill to high or stovetop skillet to medium high.
  • Place ground pork into a large bowl then add brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and onions. Gently mix together with your hands until just incorporated. You don't want to overwork the meat.
  • Form into patties - large or small, but not too thick otherwise it'll take forever to cook. 
  • Grill or cook on the stovetop until fully cooked through.
  • Assemble burgers with gochujang mayo sauce and kimchi on top!

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Notes

Nutrition Facts
Bulgogi Kimchi Burger
Amount Per Serving (1 burger)
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 21g42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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Karen

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Ahhhh soooo gooood! I followed some tips like sauteing the kimchi in sesame oil, chilling the patties in the fridge before cooking, and adding cheese! I smushed two thin patties and stacked it together. Used wheat bread (toasted it after assembling) since I didn't have any bun on hand..so soooo good! Thank you!

Amirissa

Sunday 20th of December 2020

This was a delicious recipe, will definitely be making again. If you want to add some extra goodness, have some mozzarella added on top of the burger as you finish them off.

Beth

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Great recipe. Used spicy kimchi. My first time to have bulgogi & I loved it. Thanks.

Nora Lee

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Yum! These were really easy to make and super flavorful!

Beth

Monday 31st of August 2020

Just made these tonight for dinner and they were delicious!! Followed the recipe almost exactly, and I made 3 giant patties out of 1 lb of pork because I only had 3 buns. Cooked in a Le Creuset on the stove 10-15 min until the meat was 160 degrees.

I was a little worried about my patties because they were a little loose/wet compared to normal burgers but they cooked up perfectly! Already shared the recipe with some friends and can’t wait to make them again. Thanks for such a good recipe!!