Friday, September 28, 2012

Asian Burgers

I created this masterpiece in my mind one day when I had a mixed craving for Asian food and burgers. It has the sweetness from the dressing, the tang from the pickled cucumbers, the grilled burger flavor and the the crunch from the chowmein noodles which all comes together nicely with the creamy texture from the dressing. You'll want to eat two or three of these so plan accordingly!

I serve mine with sweet potato fries dipped in the same ginger dressing I make for the burger. Oh paradise!!

  Asian Burger
  • Artisan buns
  • 1 bag crunchy chow mein noodles
  • 1 bag spinach leaves
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Kraft Mayonnaise made with Olive Oil (not miracle whip)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • tiniest pinch of salt
Mix together meat mixture in a large bowl. Shape into patties and refrigerate them for 2 hours if possible (to hold shape better). During this time place cucumber slices in a bowl. Whisk together vinegar, salt & pepper, ginger and sugar. Marinate for 1-2 hours in fridge. Blend dressing ingredients in the blender and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Grill patties, set aside covered with lid. Toast patties on grill or in frying pan with 1 Tbsp oil. Placed toasted buns on plate. Top with patty, spinach leaves, cucumbers, chow mein noodles and then generously drizzle creamy dressing on top. Enjoy!!

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