Plum-Crazy Black Sesame Seed Burgers

Suzanne Banfield

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@SBcooks

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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Serves:

8

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Grill

Ingredients

3 Tbsp
sugar
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
mayonnaise
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
8
soft sesame seed buns, split
3 Tbsp
melted butter
1
bunch thai basil or mint

Directions Step-By-Step

1
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.
2
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.
3
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.
4
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