009. Kalbi Burgers a la Annie

So, last year I asked my mom for her kalbi recipe.  I’m sure every Korean mother has a family recipe that they think is the best, and my mom’s no exception, and neither am I 🙂  In honor of the heat and summer (and a visit from my little sister), we decided to make some kalbi burgers, using the recipe and improvising a bit.  Here’s the recipe!

  • Approximately 2-2.5 lb of ground beef
  • 6 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 4 stalks of green onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds (optional)

First, take all ingredients but the beef and mix them together in a medium-sized bowl.  Make sure the sugar dissolves as you mix it in.  Take the ground beef and begin to add it into the bowl in chunks, kneading the sauce into the beef as you go.  When all beef is combined, make sure the sauce has been incorporated in all of it.

Ground beef + Kalbi sauce mixture

Take a chunk of the beef and roll it into a ball.  Flatten the ball in your palm to form a patty.  It should be about the size of your palm, and about 1/2 inch thick.  Lay your patties in a large baking dish or plate.  You should form about 12 patties.

Kalbi patties

Cover the patties and allow them to sit for about an hour.  This allows them time to marinate and absorb the flavor of the sauce.

Now, Kelli and I live in an apartment and don’t have a grill, so we opted to broil the burgers in our oven.  Take the topmost rack in your oven and set it so that the burger patties will be approximately 4 inches away from the broiler coils (we have an electric oven).  Turn your oven’s broiler on High and place 6 patties onto a broiling pan.  Broil the burgers for 6 minutes.  Flip them over and broil them for another 2 minutes.  Then remove the pan from the oven and place the cooked patties onto a serving dish.  They’re ready!

We recommend garnishing the burger with some kimchi.  My mom makes this, too, but I have no idea how, so we used store-bought kimchi from our local Korean market.  Place them on the hamburger buns of your choice and enjoy!

잘 먹겠습니다!! Bon appetit! Let’s eat!

Korean-American fusion cooking experiment, SUCCESS!

Hugs and kimchi,


PS:  What would you eat this with?  Chips…fries…veggies?  Personally, I liked sweet potato fries 🙂

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