Korean BBQ Burgers with Miso-Candied Bacon

Korean BBQ Burgers with Miso-Candied Bacon

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Korean BBQ Burgers with Miso-Candied Bacon are a decadent, flavor bomb in each juicy bite!  You  will be craving these for dayssss!These Korean BBQ Burgers are bursting with Asian flavors from the inside out.  They are infused with fresh ginger, soy sauce, scallions, and sesame oil, then smothered in savory, sweet and spicy Korean BBQ Sauce – drool.  The sweet and savory Miso-Candied Bacon elevates these burgers to a whole new salty, sweet and savory universe.

Need a new mouthwatering, show-stopping burger for Memorial Day or just because?!  Enter Korean BBQ Burgers!   These Asian inspired burgers are just one of the incredible recipes from the stunning cookbook, Modern Comfort Cooking from the food blogger and author Lauren Grier.

When a food blogger friend comes out with a cookbook, I like to share a recipe from their book to help promote it but I had the hardest time trying to decide what to share from Modern Day Comfort Cooking because they are all fabulous.  I guarantee if you like a little adventure in your kitchen you will love this cookbook!   It truly is a creative culinary masterpiece.  It’s for those of you that like to cook, to be creative in the kitchen and aren’t afraid to put a contemporary, unexpected spin on old favorites.  The chapters are divided into (with recipe examples):

Modern Day Brunch: Banh Mi Breakfast Tacos

East Meets West: Mumbai Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Vintage Classics Re-Mixed: Slow Cooker Pot Roast Noodle Bowls

Modern Drive-Thru: Bacon Blu Cheese Brussels Sprout Tater Tots

Retro Desserts Re-Dished: Banana Foster Galette

and deliciousness on and on and on…

Make sure to check out Lauren’s website and her latest AMAZING cookbook here.  Now onto her Korean BBQ Burgers!

Tips for Korean BBQ BurgersAs far as these Korean BBQ Burgers, they are made with some Asian staples that will be familiar to those who do much Asian cooking, but for those who don’t, I want to explain a few ingredients that hopefully will become pantry staples – just like these burgers will become a regular on your home menu!

What is Gochujang and where can I buy it?Gochujang is one of my favorite Asian sauces ever.  It’s a Korean BBQ Sauce that’s the perfect blend of savory, sweet and spicy.  It’s the sweet heat behind Korean dishes such as my Korean Beef Bowls and Korean Sweet and Spicy Meatballs and the Korean BBQ in these Korean BBQ Burgers.  So while you might specifically purchase Gochujang for this recipe, I can guarantee you are going to be reaching for this flavor bursting condiment to dress up practically everything.

I use Annie Chun’s Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Sauce located in the Asian section of my grocery store, but you can also easily buy it on Amazon.  I do recommend looking to see what Annie Chun’s Gochujang Sauce looks like so you can easily spot it at the grocery store (not an affiliate, just will make your life easier).

What is White Miso Paste and where can I buy it?This miso -candied bacon is everything!  It’s sweet and salty with a touch of sour and pure addicting.  It makes a good burger an AMAZING burger – so please don’t skip it!

If you don’t frequently cook with miso – now is your chance!   Miso Paste is created from a mixture of soybeans, sea salt and rice koji and then fermented.  Don’t let the word “fermented” scare you.  It simply means that enzyme rich compounds are created which break down the mixture, to create the savory, salty, umami-rich taste.

If you’re hesitant about purchasing one more item thinking it will clutter your fridge, don’t fear!  Miso is fabulous for sooo many uses.  First, my One Pot  Miso Soup with Chicken and  Veggies – mmmm!  That alone is worth it.  It is also adds a wonderful complexity to marinades, stir fries, sauces, and salad dressings.

Nearly all Asian markets carry Miso Paste.  If your grocery store carries it, it will be found in the refrigerated section.  You might want to call ahead though to double check so you don’t waste your time looking for it if it’s not there.  And there is my favorite place to purchase it – Amazon.

What is mirin and where can I buy it?Mirin is a Japanese rice wine.  If you don’t already own rice wine, it should become a pantry staple.  I use it in many of my Asian dishes such as General Tso’s Chicken, Beef and Broccoli, Mongolian Chicken and Asian Caramel Pork to name a few.

Rice wine is NOT rice (wine) vinegar- DO NOT switch them out.  Rice wine adds a sweetness and depth of flavor whereas rice wine vinegar will add an acidic flavor.  For rice wine/mirin, I use “Kikkoman Aji-Mirin: Sweet Cooking Rice Seasoning” which is commonly found in the Asian section of most grocery stores or you can Amazon it.  I highly suggest you google image before you head off to the grocery store so you know exactly what you are looking for.  The best substitute for rice wine is pale dry sherry.

 Looking for more Asian Mash-Up Recipes?Asian Caramel Pulled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Snow Pea Slaw

Asian Burgers with Hoisin Ketchup

20 Minute Red Curry Beef Tacos

Grilled Asian Steak with Cilantro Basil Chimichurri

Teriyaki Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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Korean BBQ Burgers

Korean BBQ Burgers with Miso-Candied Bacon are a decadent, flavor bomb in each juicy bite!  You  will be craving these for dayssss! These Korean BBQ Burgers are bursting with Asian flavors from the inside out.  They are infused with fresh ginger, soy sauce, scallions, and sesame oil, then smothered in savory, sweet and spicy Korean BBQ Sauce – drool.  The sweet and savory Miso-Candied Bacon elevates these burgers to a whole new universe.  A universe you can taste with one amazing recipe.

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Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Servingsburgers

Miso Candied Bacon

10 slices bacon NOT thick cut

1/4 cup white miso paste

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons mirin (rice wine)

Korean BBQ Burger

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef

1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger

1/4 cup chopped scallions

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tablespoon sesame oil

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

USE LATER:

3 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup Gochujang (Korean BBQ Sauce)

4 slices mild cheddar cheese

4 brioche buns toasted

lettuce for garnish

tomato slices for garnish

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 slices bacon NOT thick cut
  • 1/4 cup white miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup Gochujang (Korean BBQ Sauce)
  • 4 slices mild cheddar cheese
  • 4 brioche buns toasted
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