Plum-Crazy Black Sesame Seed Burgers

Suzanne Banfield


Beautiful to look at and bursting with flavor, this burger fires up all of your taste buds. Please don’t shy away from the long list of ingredients – many of them are seasonings that just require measuring out. They are what give the burger such deep layers of flavor. The quick-pickled vegetables and the spicy mayonnaise are needed to balance out the richness of the burger.

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30 Min


20 Min




3 Tbsp
2 tsp
salt, divided use, plus more as needed
1/2 c
rice wine vinegar
1 medium
seedless cucumber, spiralized or thinly sliced
2 medium
carrots, spiralized or cut into thin matchsticks
1 c
6 tsp
sriracha, divided use
1 tsp
lime zest
2 tsp
lime juice
7 medium
garlic cloves, minced, divided use
6 medium
scallions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp
soy sauce
4 Tbsp
chinese plum sauce, divided use
1 Tbsp
sesame oil
1 tsp
fish sauce
2 tsp
grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp
chinese 5 spice powder
1 lb
ground chicken
1 lb
ground pork
1 c
cooked white rice
3 Tbsp
black sesame seeds
soft sesame seed buns, split
3 Tbsp
melted butter
bunch thai basil or mint

Directions Step-By-Step

In small bowl, dissolve sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in vinegar. Toss cucumber and carrots in the dressing. Cover and set aside at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. For spicy mayonnaise, whisk together mayonnaise, 3 teaspoons sriracha, lime zest, lime juice and 2 cloves of garlic. Taste and season with a pinch of salt if needed. Cover and refrigerate.
Pre-heat grill to medium-high heat. In large bowl, stir together remaining 5 cloves of garlic, scallions, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons plum sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce, ginger, remaining 3 teaspoons sriracha, 5 spice powder and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Add the ground chicken, ground pork, rice and black sesame seeds. Mix well to combine all of the ingredients. Shape mixture into 8 patties.
Place the patties on the grill, cook for a total of about 6-7 minutes per side or until they reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees F. At the last minute of cooking each side, brush with remaining 2 tablespoons plum sauce and expose to heat. Lightly brush the insides of the buns with butter and place them on the outer edges of the grill to toast for 30-60 seconds.
To assemble the burgers, spread the bottom of each bun with spicy mayonnaise and arrange a few leaves of Thai basil or mint over it. Top with a burger, some pickled vegetables, a dollop of spicy mayonnaise and the top of the bun.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Burgers
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Asian