Beef Burgers with Asian-Inspired Flavours

One of my blogging goals I set for myself is to post three times per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), except on those really busy weeks when I can’t meet those goals. To help me continue motivating myself and working towards my blogging goals, I’ve decided to start participating in What’s Cooking Wednesday – a weekly blog hop/link party hosted by The King’s Court IVTurning The Clock Back, and Confessions of an Overworked Mom. I’m excited to be participating!

As you can probably tell, I’ve been making a lot of burgers lately. Earlier this week, I shared the chicken burgers with smoked paprika and rosemary that my brother and I prepared for mom’s birthday.

Bryan visits a friend on weekends who owns a barbecue. The get-together is of the ‘bring your own food to throw on the grill’ sort. So, I’ve used this as an opportunity to play with adding various seasonings to burgers. This burger with Asian-inspired flavours is his favourite so far.

I kept a few at home to try myself and it is quite tasty! I especially like it topped with avocado mayo. I would have preferred avocado slices, but none of the avocados at the grocery store were ripe and I didn’t have time to wait for them to ripen.

Bryan has asked me to make this again (even though he ate them just the other week). While I enjoyed these as well, I declined so I can experiment with a few more types of burgers. Surprisingly, he is ok with this (I was half expecting that he would be disappointed). Instead, I was pleasantly surprised when he complimented my saying he loves when I experiment while dreaming up what we will have for dinner.

What are your favourite flavours to add to (beef) burger patties?

Beef Burgers with Asian-Inspired Flavours


  • 1 pound ground beef – approximate cost $4.50
  • 1 egg – approximate cost $0.35
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs – approximate cost $0.75
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce – approximate cost $0.10
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (or white wine) – approximate cost $0.25
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice – approximate cost $0.10
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil – approximate cost $0.20
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (more if you’d like it spicy) – approximate cost $0.05
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper – approximate cost $0.10
  • 4 hamburger buns – approximate cost $1.00


  1. Combine the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, dark soy sauce, mirin (or white wine), lemon juice, chili flakes, sesame oil and black pepper in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly using your hands (but be careful not to over-work the meat, that will make it tough).
  3. Divide the beef mixture into 4 portions.
  4. Shape each portion into a burger patty.
  5. Cook the burger patties any way you like!
    1. Barbecue the burgers until cooked through and slightly toast the buns.
    2. Fry the burgers over medium-high heat.
    3. Grill the burgers on a counter-top grill.
    4. Broil the burgers in the oven, turning once to cook both sides.
  6. Serve on hamburger buns with your favourite toppings!

Serving Suggestions

Serve with slices of your favourite vegetables and condiments.


  • Red onion
  • Green onions
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado


  • Mayo
  • Japanese mayo
  • Avocado mayo
  • Ketchup

Makes 4 servings (approximate cost: $1.85 per serving + toppings and condiments).

Leave a comment


  1. Hi Amber,
    This is such a flavor packed burger. We have some guest coming in next week and this will be the perfect burger for them. Thanks for sharing and stopping by, hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Thanks Miz Helen!I’m glad you enjoyed the post and hope you get a chance to try out the burger (let me know if you do)!

  2. We just bought a barbq grill…i can’t wait to make these burgers on them! That would be quite a yummy meal 🙂

    • Thanks Abeer! Let me know if you get around to making the burgers, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  3. Great post. I found this through Turning the Clock Back’s What’s Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in a post about some home-made steak burgers I did. Have a lovely week.

  4. I have that exact same patty form, Amber! Mine is about 30 years old! I suspect it’s a Tupperware product!
    My favourite flavours to add to a beef burger are Morrocan flavours like cumin, but I adore topping a burger with avocado, it’s so decadent!
    Heston Blumenthal suggests that an egg is not necessary to hold a burger together, he uses salt. I know it’s weird and I have not tried that in particular, but I have tried his dry aging beef prior to cooking and it’s amazing, so I suspect that the salt would be fine as well.

    • Yes, it’s Tupperware. We got it for Christmas this year from Bryan’s mother. We love it!

      Mmmm I will have to try some Moroccan spices next time we make beef burgers, it sounds fantastic!

      I’ve made many burgers with meat and a few spices, no “fillers,” such as eggs and breadcrumbs. They’re delicious and just a bit healthier overall. My reason for including those ingredients in my recipe is that I’m trying to keep the overall cost down. It would likely work very well without these ingredients and make 4 smaller burgers (or 3 large burgers).

  5. What a delicious idea! We have plain old burgers nearly every week during the summer…the family never tires of them, but I do! I think I’ll follow your lead and give the next batch an Asian flare!

  6. Oops, meant flair 🙂

    • Thanks Liz! We love to add different flavours to homemade burgers. It’s a nice way to change up a usually very simple dish. I hope you will enjoy it! Let me know how it goes!

  7. This beef burger is right up my alley! This is very inspiring, tasty looking & a must make! Yum Yum Yum!

  8. Oooh! These sound so interesting. I’ve not tried an Asian burger before. Thanks for the recipe.

    • You’re welcome Pattie! Let me know how it turns out if you get a chance to try out the recipe!

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