Kimchi Beef Burgers Recipe | Burgers with Kimchi - Clean Eating Magazine

Kimchi Beef Burgers

New to Kimchi? These Korean-inspired burgers are a great place to start.
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Learn more about the health benefits of kimchi. 

Most of the kimchi is mixed into the patties to infuse them with the spicy-sweet flavor of the fermented cabbage. The remaining is stirred into a mayo to make a tangy topping. If you have some on hand, you can add a couple of cloves of minced garlic and/or 2 tsp minced ginger to the patty mixture in Step One for added punch.

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  • 4Servings


  • 12 oz lean ground beef
  • 5 tbsp lightly drained finely chopped kimchi, divided
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 4 whole-grain buns, toasted
  • 4 oz Persian cucumber, thinly sliced on the diagonal


  • 3 tbsp olive oil mayonnaise, divided
  • 2 tsp sesame oil, divided
  • 2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp brown rice vinegar


  1. In a large bowl, combine beef, 3 tbsp kimchi, 1 tbsp mayonnaise and 1 tsp each sesame oil and soy sauce. Shape into 4 ½-inch-thick patties. Season on both sides with salt and pepper. Mist a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium. Add patties and cook, turning once, until beef reads 160˚F when tested with a thermometer, 5 to 7 minutes.(Alternatively, if grilling, chill patties at least 30 minutes to firm up; cook on a greased grill for 5 to 7 minutes, turning halfway.)
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together vinegar, remaining 2 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 tbsp kimchi, 1 tsp sesame oil and 1 tsp soy sauce.
  3. Lay avocado slices over cut side of each bun bottom. Top with patty, cucumber slices, sauce and bun top.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 433
  • Carbohydrate Content: 28 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 55 mg
  • Fat Content: 27 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 6 g
  • Sodium Content: 538 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g