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Fire up the grill - it's outdoor barbecue season! The whole family will enjoy these tangy Asian Beef Burgers with garlic and ginger. Pair these with summer slaw, some tasty grilled sides, and enjoy a summertime feast!
Living in the Pacific Northwest, we bask in summer's warmer temperatures and sunny days! My family tries to make the most of outdoor barbecue season by firing up the grill as often as we can.
Dinner outside on the back deck is such a treat! And you've gotta just love the smell of yummy food cooking up on the grill on a gorgeous summer day.
If you have plans to grill soon, elevate your next meal with these tangy, juicy, oh so fresh Asian Beef Burgers.
These Asian-style burgers are super juicy and tender. And the flavors are a nice, refreshing change from traditional burgers.
I make them with a special mix of ingredients that we use in a lot of our Asian cooking.
Ingredients for Asian-style beef burgers
To make these burgers, you'll need:
- ground beef
- soy sauce
- toasted sesame oil
- green onions
Ground Beef - we use meat that's 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat. I have found this ratio is a nice balance that results in juicy burgers that aren't too greasy and meaty but also aren't too lean. You can also use 90 percent lean meat if you prefer.
Soy Sauce - this is a classic for many of the Asian recipes you'll find on this site. I often use coconut aminos as a gluten-free substitute.
Toasted Sesame Oil - this gives the burgers just a hint of smoky flavoring and helps enhance the soy sauce flavors.
Garlic - a staple in almost every savory dish I make, this is especially important in the Asian recipes I make. Feel free to use more or less garlic, depending on your tastebuds.
Ginger - another Asian cooking staple, ginger gives these burgers a beautiful zing and just a hint of spice.
Green Onions - be sure to slice these very thinly. They are meant to add a little bit of freshness and herbaceousness to the burgers.
For summertime, when it's hot and humid, I prefer to skip the melty cheese and piled-on cooked toppings. Instead, I prefer to go for more refreshing options using what's in season.
The burgers you see here are topped with a summer slaw. Right now, corn, tomatoes, peaches are all ripe and super delicious. Fresh in-season fruits and veggies on top of a saucy burger: what's not to love?
What to serve with these burgers
These Asian burgers are calling for sides that are also grilled, and sides that are cool and refreshing.
I grill up some corn on the cob at the same time the burgers are grilling. Slice up some watermelon, serve the rest of the summer slaw as a side salad, and we've got an instant outdoor summer feast!
Summer grilling made easy
I found all of the ingredients I needed for this grilled feast by shopping at my local Safeway store in Portland. But you can also find quality grilling and produce items at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, and Tom Thumb.
By the way, a tip during these 2020 times: Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop! During this stay-at-home time, I've gotten Grocery Delivery a few times and have always found the shoppers to be very friendly and helpful.
What wine pairs well with Asian burgers?
Riesling is a light wine wine with lively acidity that traditionally pairs well with many Asian flavors. This Dr. Loosen 2018 Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett is almost effervescent, with aromatic citrus and honeysuckle. It brings out the beautiful medley of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil in the burgers.
More summer recipes
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced (about 2 garlic cloves)
- 1 tablespoon ginger root, peeled and minced
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 2 teaspoons green onions, finely sliced
- Mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Form 4 large burger patties. Grill over high heat (450°F) for a total of 10 minutes (5 minutes on each side). Remove from the grill and serve immediately.