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Korean Inspired Kimchi Burger with Spicy Mayo

Are you looking to change things up a little? Need something extraordinary for your Memorial Day festivities? This Korean Inspired Kimchi Burger with Spicy Mayo is a hot ticket to excitement for dinner. Get your hands on some gochujang and kimchi and get ready for a flavour explosion! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Korean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 683kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang or chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tablespoons grapeseed canola, or vegetable oil, divided
  • 6 large homemade pretzel sandwich rolls or purchased pretzel rolls cut in half
  • 2 cups chopped mak kimchi Napa cabbage kimchi, drained of most liquid
  • 4 cups mixed spring greens or arugula
  • 6 freshly grilled or pan-fried beef burger patties


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and gochujang or chili garlic sauce until smooth and evenly coloured. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a medium sized, non-stick skillet placed over MEDIUM HIGH heat. Add the drained kimchi to the pan and stir-fry until the kimchi is browned around the edges and fragrant. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm. Brush the cut sides of the pretzel rolls with the remaining oil and grill or toast in the skillet until golden brown. Carefully remove the rolls.
  • Generously spread the spicy mayonnaise on the cut sides of both the top and bottom halves of each bun. Divide the mixed spring greens or arugula between the bottom halves of the buns. Lay one burger patty on each. Divide the stir-fried kimchi between the burgers and add the top halves of the buns. You may want to drive two skewers down about 1 inch apart near the center of the burger to help hold it together as you cut it in half. If you prefer to serve it whole, just use one skewer in the center.


Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 4.9mg