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Asian Alchemy

The ingredients are simple, yet commingled, they produce a delicious bite. Even my 3 year old prefered it over the potato chips offered as a side (a rare occassion indeed!). You may choose to pair this burger with saki for a truly asian inspired dinner party.


2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1 tsp wasabi paste
2½ lbs 85% lean hamburger
1½ cups cooked white rice
1 tsp + 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
½ tsp fresh ground pepper
½ head cabbage, shredded into slaw
2 large carrots, julienned
1 tsp sesame oil
½ tsp sesame seeds
½ tsp red pepper flakes
¼ tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
(if desired) 2 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
6 sesame seed buns


Heat grill to medium high heat. In a large bowl combine teriyaki sauce and wasabi paste. Then add hamburger, rice, 1 tsp salt and pepper; mix until just combined. Shape mixture into 6 (6 oz)patties, slightly thinner in the middle for even cooking. In a medium bowl combine cabbage, carrots, sesame oil, sesame seeds, red pepper, poppy seeds, lime juice, cilantro, 2nd tsp of salt and 2 Tbsp olive oil; set aside. When grill reaches 400 degrees, brush grill rack with remaining olive oil. Place patties on grill; cover grill. Cook with medium heat 8-10 minutes, turning once, until thermometer inserted into the patties reads 160° F. During the last 1-2 minutes of cooking time, brush the split buns with remaining oil and place cut side down, on grill; cook for 30 seconds. To assemble, place bottom half of freshly grilled bun on a plate, top with cooked patty, then cabbage mixture and finally top half of the bun. Makes 6 burgers.


This one took the prize at all of the "burger tasting" parties that I've hosted over the past few weeks. Some said it tastes "like an eggroll on a bun", others didn't stop eating long enough to say anything. My friend Kiley and I had a lot of fun trying different mixtures to put into the hamburger - everything from a soy sauce and merlot based marinade to the teriaki sauce that we eventually decided to go with. I'm sure you aren't going to be making every good recipe that you read, but you sure would be missing out if you didn't try this one...