Asian Burgers with a Gluten-Free Option

Do you find your burgers lacking flavor? My husband loves his beef, but I wasn’t a fan of the basic burgers. Enter these Asian Burgers (often called Bulgogi Burgers or Korean Burgers). I make these once a week. They are so easy and full of flavor.

I make them with butter lettuce instead of a bun for my husband and a regular hamburger bun for my son. Everyone is happy. They can be cooked to perfection on top of the stove, no need to grill them outside.

If you want to spice up your burgers and give them a flavor-filled punch, try this recipe.

Ingredients for Asian Burgers

I’ve adapted this recipe to be gluten-free and with less sugar, but you can make them with a regular bun if you choose.

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Burger ingredients:

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  • 1.5 pounds ground beef (I like to use grass fed ground beef)
  • 8 chopped scallions (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 1 TB Sesame oil
  • 3 TB Soy sauce (or coconut aminos for gluten free)
  • 2 TB Bread crumbs (I use these gluten free bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper
  • 3 tsp coconut sugar (or 3 tsp brown sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped

Ingredients to assemple the burgers:

  • 1 head Butter lettuce (or buns if you don’t want gluten free)
  • 3 TB mayonaise
  • 1 TB Sriracha sauce (reduce if you don’t like spicy)

Steps to make Asian Burgers

Wash your butter lettuce and let it dry before you start assembling your burgers.

Pour all of the ingredients listed above in Burger Ingredients except the ground beef into a bowl. Stir to combine. With your fingers mix in the ground beef. Form into patties, I make 1/4 lb patties for a total of 6. Cook as you like to cook your burgers, on the grill or a skillet (I use cast iron).

This is similar to making meatloaf. You mix all of the ingredients with the beef last and don’t overmix. Cook as you like to cook your burgers, on the grill or a skillet (I use cast iron).

Mix the spicy Sriracha sauce.

How to Serve Your Burgers (3 variations)

Here are three ways to serve these (which I do in my family). I know it’s a high-maintenance way of eating, but we each like our own version of these Asian burgers. My son likes a regular burger and I like more veggies.

Lettuce Wrap Version – Serve each burger with two leaves of lettuce and a dollop of spicy mayo.

Regular Bun Version – Serve a burger on top of a regular bun with a dollop of spicy mayo.

Salad Version – I like more veggies, so I make mine into a salad. I like to add cucumbers and shredded carrots. I use more butter lettuce than the just two leaves and I chop up my burger.

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Asian Burgers with a Gluten-Free Option

Yield: 6 burgers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

These spicy burgers pack a flavor-filled punch. You won't want to got back to regular burgers.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef (I like to use grass fed ground beef)
  • 8 chopped scallions (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 1 TB Sesame oil
  • 3 TB Soy sauce (or coconut aminos for gluten free)
  • 2 TB Bread crumbs (I use these gluten free bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper
  • 3 tsp coconut sugar (or 3 tsp brown sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 head Butter lettuce (or buns if you don't want gluten free)
  • 3 TB mayonaise
  • 1 TB Sriracha sauce (reduce if you don't like spicy)

Instructions

  1. Combine scallions, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, red pepper and bread crumbs. Stir to combine.
  2. Add ground beef, mix with hands until combined.
  3. Make 6 patties
  4. Cook on a grill or in a skillet
  5. Mix siracha and mayonaise
  6. Serve each patty on top of 2 butter lettuce leaves and a dollop of spicy sauce.

Notes

This recipe can be served on a regular bun if you don't want to eat on lettuce leaves.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1.5 patty
Amount Per Serving Calories 413Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 104mgSodium 678mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 33g

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One Comment

  1. Andrea, these sound so good! I love having lettuce vs. a bun. Starting on a healthy eating plan for the month of January so I’ll have to try these… Thanks for sharing!

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