Bulgogi Korean Hawaiian Burger

This recipe is adapted from this bulgogi marinade recipe by my cousin Leslie, with a twist in the added ingredients to make a fusion mouthwatering burger that’s simple to make.  Instead of using thinly slices of beef, you can use any kind of meat you prefer and it will come out delicious!  In this variation, she marinaded ground beef formed into patties.


-Ground beef 80/20 (the amount will depend on how big you want your patties and how many patties you want to make, she formed them into patties the size of her palm.  You can also decide how fatty or lean you want your beef when you buy it.)
-1/3 cup of soy sauce
-3 tablespoons of sugar (white or brown, your choice, we chose brown)
-1 tablespoon of sesame oil
-3 cloves of minced garlic
-1/4 an onion, diced (we used white onion this time)
-2 green onions, chopped finely
-3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
-1/4 red pepper flakes
-2 pinches of black pepper
-1 can of sliced pineapples for topping (optional)
-1/4 an onion, sliced (for caramelized topping, optional of course)
-Pepper Jack cheese (for topping, you can choose your favorite cheese)
-Hamburger buns (amount depends on how many burgers you’re making, we chose Hawaiian bread buns)




Pretty simple – form the patties (we didn’t even marinade the meat by itself).  Mix the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, onions, green onions, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, and black pepper together for the marinade, put the patties in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before grilling.  You can do this overnight for more flavor and flip the patties too, but we didn’t even need to do that and the flavors were still amazing.


Grilling time! We used a George Foreman grill and grilled the sliced pineapples first, while I caramelized some onions with brown sugar, salt, and pepper.  Toast the bread, grill the the meat to how you like it (we did it around 4-6 minutes per patty and the inside was still slightly pink, perfect for our taste), add your condiments (we used mayonnaise, lettuce, and mustard) and construct the burger!  I recommend letting the patty rest for a few minutes to seal the juices inside 🙂


These burgers were really easy to make from scratch and you can taste the bulgogi flavor and sesame seeds, which was complimented by the spicy cheese, grilled pineapples, caramelized onions, and crispy slightly sweet Hawaiian bread buns.  It was the cherry on top of a great vacation, yum! Thanks Leslie ❤


The marinade is so simple to make, as long as you have the ingredients, and you can definitely adapt it like we did to fit your tastes and make anything you want like Leslie did.  If you try it out, let me know how you liked it, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!



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