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Melting Pot Burger

The majority of residents of Alaska are from somewhere else and there is a great variety of ethnic groups, working together, sharing their ideas about food.
This burger combines the favorite meat of the American palate with the spices of our Asian communities, a sturdy Italian roll and takes advantage of the locally grown produce. Due to the midnight sun our produce grows much larger here than anywhere in the lower 48. Alaskans consistently grow record cabbages. Die hard Alaskans grill all year round be it 65 above or 10 below and this burger brings bold flavors to the table spicing up any dark winter night or a midnight sun BBQ.


1 ½ lbs ground chuck
1 egg
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp chili garlic sauce, divided
1 Tbsp soy sauce
4 Tbsp coconut milk, divided
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped, divided
1 bunch fresh scallions, chopped, divided
1/4-1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
½ tsp each salt and pepper, ¼ tsp salt or to taste
3 Tbsp sour cream
1 Tbsp Miracle Whip
6 oz finely shredded cabbage
6 Ciabatta rolls


In a large metal bowl (the chili sauce will stain plastic) gently combine the ground chuck, egg, 3 Tbsp chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, 3 Tbsp coconut milk, ¾ of the chopped cilantro and scallions, 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper and ¼ cup of bread crumbs. If the mixture is too loose add a little more bread crumbs and combine well. Form into 6 patties. Place the patties on a hot grill and grill about 5 minutes on the first side and 5-8 minutes on the second side, depending on the heat of your grill.
While the patties are grilling mix the remaining tsp of chili garlic sauce, tbsp of coconut milk, the sour cream and the miracle whip in a small bowl, season with salt to taste. Fold in the remaining cilantro and scallions.
When the burgers are done set them aside to rest, covering them with a piece of foil.
Split the ciabatta rolls horizontally and toast them on the grill. Spread 1/6 of the sauce on the bottom of the roll top with about 1 oz of shredded cabbage and then top all with the burger patty. Place the top of the roll on the burger patty.
Makes 6 Burgers


This is one of my husbands favorite burgers.