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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.

Scallion Burgers with Sesame Slaw

Scallion Burgers with Sesame Slaw

  • Ingredients:
  • 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

Preparation:
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 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.

Serving suggestion:
Serve with a salad of chopped tomatoes tossed with salt and pepper, a drizzle of oil and vinegar and some chopped fresh mint.

comments & replies

I made some of your slaw for a party the other night and it was a big hit. One person said it tasted just like her favorite Chinese noodle dish.

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