Korean Lamb Burger with Kimchi Slaw

This Saturday I am teaching a lamb grilling class at one of the best patios in the area (Tickets available here). I am really excited about this event as it brings together a bunch of my favorite people to work with including The American Lamb Board, Allagash, Artbar, and Boston Chefs. We are making some really cool recipes, including this awesome burger. Korean flavored sandwiches are super popular on menus right now so I wanted to make one for the class that people could feel comfortable making at home. I love using lamb for this burger because it has a stronger flavor that can stand up to the Korean sauces and kimchi.
I don't have any step photos today cause I was busy marking down the measurements for the burger and planning everything for the class. This burger was everything you want in a burger in my opinion. Super flavorful and savory meat, refreshing crunchy toppings, and a great bread to burger ratio. I can't wait for everyone to try it out this weekend! I will be posting some of the other recipes we are making at the class later this week and early next week!

Korean Lamb Burger with Kimchi Slaw

  • Burger patties
  • 1 pear or apple
  • 2 tablespoons Gochujang
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 2 inches Ginger sliced
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 pound Ground Lamb
  • Slaw
  • 1 cup Kimchi roughly chopped if it is coarse
  • 1/2 cup Shaved Red Cabbage
  • 1/2 cup julienne peeled carrots
  • Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 1/4 cup Gochujang
  • Burgers
  • 4 English Muffins
  • 4 slices Munster Cheese
  • 12 thin slices Cucumber
  • sesae seeds

Instructions

  1. Mix the pear, gochujang, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, honey, and a few pinches of salt in a food processor and process until smooth and broken down.
  2. Add 1/3 cup of the mixture to a bowl with the ground lamb. Mix well, using your hands if needed, until well combined. (reserve the remaining marinade to make bulgogi)
  3. Form 4 burger patties making sure they are about equal in size to the English muffins, but a little bigger to account for shrinking on the grill.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the slaw ingredients in a bowl. Taste and season with a little salt and chili flake if needed.
  5. Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  6. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Split the English muffins with a fork and toast them on the grill. Set aside and add the sauce to the bottom buns of the muffins.
  7. Grill the burgers about 4-5 minutes a side to a nice medium-well temp. Add the cheese after flipping, and keep an eye on the heat because the honey and pear in the marinade will cause it to brown faster than expected.
  8. Place the cooked burgers onto the sauced bottom buns. Top with sesame seeds, then add on the cucumbers followed by the slaw. Top with the remaining muffin tops and serve.