Isaan Beef Burger

Isaan Beef Burgers

I was in the burger battle at the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Fest this past weekend and it was such a fun event.  I was excited to go against some of the local chefs and see how my burger stacked up! When I have gone to events like this in the past, I have noticed that “burger fatigue” can set in really fast. This is because chefs like to punch you in the face with strong decadent flavors in a bid to win best burger.  I tried to flip that idea by serving the burger with a light and fresh Thai influenced slaw, inspired by the Isaan beef salad, hoping that the bright fresh flavors would give me the edge on a warm spring afternoon.

We all had nice new Saber Grills for the event that were great to cook on.
There were lots of guests enjoying burgers and champagne on a beautiful afternoon!

Grilling burgers for people with a glass of champagne in my hand is not a bad way to spend a day.
I had a great team of helpers and we pumped out a ton of tasty sliders!
Unfortunately we didn’t win, but all the burgers were really good so I can’t complain.
The burgers also have a little sriracha mayo lining the bottom bun to add a little richness and a slight kick.
I’ll be back next year to seek revenge!!! Photo: Matt Simko


Isaan Beef Burgers

These burgers I cooked at Martha’s Vineyard Wine Fest have a fresh Northern Thai slaw that makes them great on a sunny spring afternoon.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Thai
Servings: 3 burgers


  • 1/2 large head cabbage shredded
  • 5 limes juiced
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 2 Thai chilis sliced thin
  • 1 bunch mint chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sriracha
  • 3 burger buns toasted
  • 3 slices jack cheese


  • Mix the cabbage, lime juice, fish sauce, chilis, mint, cilantro, scallions, and a pinch of salt. Mix well. Refrigerate.
  • Form 3 burger patties. Season with salt and pepper. Add to a hot grill or frying pan.
  • Meanwhile, mix the mayo and sriracha.
  • When the burgers are ready, add some sriracha mayo to the bottom bun, top with the burger, then add slaw on top. Put the top bun on and serve.


  1. I just returned from Thailand and am craving all things Thai-inspired… including your burger. YUM!! Can’t wait to give it a go. Thanks a bunch mate. Cheers!

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