• 2 pounds 80% ground beef
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro or Thai basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • sesame buns
  • red onion, sliced
  • rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • sliced tomatoes

My family loves my turkey feta burgers with green goddess mayo found in my cookbook, You Never Cook Alone, but for this Memorial Day I decided to change things up a bit. We also adore Asian food. Always having Asian sauces and spices available in my pantry, I decided to try my hand at creating a delicious Asian-style burger and my goodness were these great!

This weekend while watching Paula’s Best Dishes, From the Kitchens Of host, Brigitte Nguyen, shared with Paula her $50, 000 winning burger recipe. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the similarities in our burgers. What I loved about Brigitte’s burger was the addition of a “pickled faux slaw” made with thinly sliced bell peppers, jicama and slow peas tossed in a little sesame oil and rice wine vinegar and the spicy Sriracha Brigitte added to her mayo. Sriracha is like an Asian hot sauce and is delicious!

It’s all about flavor folks!

Here’s how easy these burgers are to make:

1. Combine ground beef, egg yolks, toasted sesame oil, cilantro or Thai basil, chopped, low sodium soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, hoisin sauce and minced ginger, salt and pepper.

2. Grill until desired doneness.

3. Sprinkle a little sesame oil and rice wine vinegar over your slices of red onion. Place a burger on your bun and add tomato, lettuce and red onion slices to your burger. Cover with a sesame seed burger top.  Because hoisin ins like an Asian barbecue sauce, you can add litter on top of your burgers as well.

Last, but certainly not least- enjoy!