Scallion Burgers with Sesame Slaw
Scallions, fresh ginger, garlic and toasted sesame oil give these juicy beef burgers an Asian-inspired flair. Topped with sweet and crunchy Sesame Slaw and served on soft hamburger rolls, this combination of flavors and textures is a tasty departure from typical burger fare.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon panko crumbs
- 3 scallions, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, very finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 soft hamburger rolls
For the sesame slaw:
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic, very finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, very finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Place the ground beef, panko, scallions, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a mixing bowl.
- Use a wooden spatula to combine the meat ingredients as best you can before doing a final, gentle mix with your hands.
- Gently form the patties into quarter-pound portions and make a slight depression in the center of each with your thumb. This helps the burgers maintain an even thickness rather than developing a thicker "dome" in the center.
- Transfer to a plate and chill for at least 15 minutes before grilling.
- While the burgers chill, make the slaw by combining the cabbage, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, vegetable oil and sesame seeds in a mixing bowl.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside until ready to serve.
- Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to a medium-high temperature (about 400°F). Oil the grates, add the burgers and grill until you see juices start to accumulate on the top of the meat, approximately 4 minutes.
- Flip them over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, to the desired doneness. While the burgers rest, lightly toast the buns on the grill.
- To serve, place a burger on each bun and top with sesame slaw.
Serve with a salad of chopped tomatoes tossed with salt and pepper, a drizzle of oil and vinegar and some chopped fresh mint.