The nutty smell of the sesame oil permeates the kitchen as these burgers are frying. While not authentically Asian, the taste distinctly hints at the flavors of the East. I created this recipe when I accidentally thawed out ground beef instead of chicken breast. Naturally, burgers were the quickest and easiest option. Serve in burger buns topped with teriyaki sauce Sriracha® sauce as condiments.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 burgers
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Knead together the sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, ground ginger, onion powder, pepper, ground beef, green onion, and water chestnuts in a bowl until evenly combined; form into four patties.

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  • Heat the peanut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook in the skillet until the burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes per side for well done. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

324 calories; protein 19.5g 39% DV; carbohydrates 5.7g 2% DV; fat 24.5g 38% DV; cholesterol 69.6mg 23% DV; sodium 295mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
This has become a staple for us. I make it mini sized, and have it as side dish. *** DO NOT SKIP on sesame oil or soy sauce or garlic, these are the main flavor ingredient. Used ground turkey instead. Added a little jalapeno, and breadcrumbs. Used parseley and onions instead green onions and water chesnut. Used real ginger and garlic. Made toping of sauted onion and mushroom on the same pan in the left over running juices. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/27/2009
Not real crazy about the flavor. Use less sesame oil and they'd probably be better but I probably won't try them again. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
This has become a staple for us. I make it mini sized, and have it as side dish. *** DO NOT SKIP on sesame oil or soy sauce or garlic, these are the main flavor ingredient. Used ground turkey instead. Added a little jalapeno, and breadcrumbs. Used parseley and onions instead green onions and water chesnut. Used real ginger and garlic. Made toping of sauted onion and mushroom on the same pan in the left over running juices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2009
I served these up on a Friday night recently. With the snow still on the ground I fried them up on the stove. They were excellent! Everybody enjoyed them. I did not stray too far from the recipe but I certainly did not measure out any ingredients either. They did not lack flavor as suggested by another reviewer. I always roll my burgers and then place them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before flattening and cooking. This helps them to stay together through cooking and enhances any flavors added...I was asked to make these again once barbecue season is back. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2008
Course chop the water chestnuts. Otherwise this is the best burger I have ever had. Thanks for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2008
I too used ground turkey to make these burgers and other than cutting back on the ginger we all thought these were so good. Ground turkey needs a little help in the flavor department anyway and this really did it! Thank you!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2010
Wow!!! This was great though I tweaked it a bit... 1/2lb each ground chuck ground sirloin and ground pork A pretty nice Japanese sesame oil. Added 1/2 table spoon hot Thai chili oil Diced red onion and garlic rather than the powdered stuff. Added an egg and some Italian bread crumbs as the mixture was a little wet. I also let the meat sit for half an hour while my side cooked (Honey Roasted Red Potatoes found on this site) Finally I seared each patty on high and finished off in the oven. I will definitely make this again. Lots of flavor great aroma. Paired great with Andrew Will Semillon... Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/27/2009
Not real crazy about the flavor. Use less sesame oil and they'd probably be better but I probably won't try them again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/16/2009
Yuck. Bland. Read More
(5)
Rating: 2 stars
03/10/2009
We didn't have peanut oil or sesame oil to make these so maybe it affected the table. One of the seasonings was a bit overpowering to the palate and I actually think it was the onion powder. Overall it just seemed like a bunch of competing flavors. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/22/2008
skipped the water chestnuts and green onion. Not impressed. Read More
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