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Tasty Thai Lettuce Wrap Burgers

The beef patty, bursting with Thai flavors, is fully encased in leaves of crisp lettuce. The "lettuce wrap" is then topped with Asian cole slaw and is served on a grilled sesame seed bun with Thai peanut sauce.


1 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
1 cup prepared cole slaw
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, minced
2 pounds ground chuck
2 tablespoons green curry paste, crumbled
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 sesame seed buns, sliced lengthwise
12 large leaves of iceberg lettuce


Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

To make the peanut sauce, combine the peanut butter, garlic, ginger, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and mint in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Place the mixture in a small bowl. Refrigerate until serving.

To make the Asian cole slaw, combine cole slaw, soy sauce, lime juice, and cilantro in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine. Set aside.

To make the patties, combine the beef, green curry paste, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the sesame seed buns.

Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, just until done, about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.

To assemble the burgers, wrap each patty in two large leaves of iceberg lettuce. Place a generous amount of peanut sauce over the cut sides of the buns. On each bun bottom, place the lettuce-wrapped patty and an equal amount of Asian cole slaw. Add the bun roll tops and use a toothpick to secure.