Monday, September 24, 2012

Asian Inspired Burgers

                Still in an Asian cooking mood here.  Maybe it's because of all the study of China and Japan.  It doesn't matter though, the food is just great.

                I had made these amazing onion buns, a recipe I got from King Arthur Flour.  I needed to put something on them.  I thought hamburgers, and of course they were going to have an Asian twist.  I wanted to make a barbeque glaze for them as well.

Ingredients for 1 lb of meat
  1. 4 Tbl low sodium soy sauce
  2. 2 Tbl brown sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp ground ginger or 1 tsp fresh
  4. 2 tsp sesame oil
  5. 2 cloves of garlic chopped finely
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.  Then combine the meat with the marinade.

Ingredients for the bbq sauce/ glaze
  1. 1/4 Cup low sodium soy sauce
  2. 1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar
  3. 1/4 Cup ketchup
  4. 3 Tbl brown sugar
  5. 1 Tbl pineapple juice
  6. 1/4 tsp ground ginger, or 1 tsp fresh chopped ginger
Simply combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Then reduce the heat and let simmer until the liquid is reduced and thickened.  You can make this a day ahead.  It will thicken up more in the fridge.

 Prepare your grill by brushing with oil or using cooking spray.  Then divide your meat into burgers and place on the heated grill.

Turn when the meat has nice grill marks on it, then baste the meat with the glaze.
Once the other side has cooked, flip the burgers and then glaze that side.

Flip one more time just for about 30 seconds and then remove them from the grill.

Top with your favorite burger toppings and serve with some baked fries.

The burgers even tasted good reheated in the microwave the next day.  I reheated them for 4 minutes on medium power.  I had reheated 3.

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