This is an easy recipe for spicy Korean Burger topped with pickled cucumbers and cabbage. Simply Amazing!

Spicy Korean hamburger

A juicy spicy beef burger made with tobanjan, ginger and panko breadcrumbs.

Spicy Korean hamburger

I don’t eat hamburgers very often but when I get a serious craving, I make sure it’s juicy and filled with goodness! I thought it might be fun to create a spicy Korean hamburger by adding tobanjan, panko breadcrumbs and fresh ginger to spice up plain ground beef. Squirt some sri racha sauce, mayo and top it with kimchi, a thick slice of tomato and some easy home made cucumber pickles, and a decadent Korean hamburger is born! This hamburger recipe tastes like a mix between halal cart meat and Korean barbecue. I often experiment with burger meat recipes but this one is our favorite. Juicy, salty and spicy with a lightly toasted bun and refreshing veggies, this is one dish I’m proud to have created!

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Thick and juicy – Korean burger made right!


Spicy Korean hamburger

Korean burger

This is an easy recipe for spicy Korean Burger topped with pickled cucumbers and cabbage. Simply Amazing!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Sandwich, Burger
  • Cuisine: Korean


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tobanjan (Korean red chili paste)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • all purpose flour (for dusting)
  • 4 buns burger
  • 2 scallions (roughly chopped)
  • tomato slices
  • shredded cabbage (about a cup)
  • kimchi
  • quick cucumber pickles (see recipe)
  • sriracha sauce
  • mayonnaise


  1. Put ground beef, garlic, ginger, Panko breadcrumbs, egg, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and tobanjan in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well and make 4 patties. Lightly dust each side with flour.
  3. In a large pan over medium/high heat, add vegetable oil, burger patties and cover with a lid. This helps the meat to cook evenly on both sides. Cook until the meat is cooked through 8-10 minutes).
  4. Toast the burger buns by either using a toaster or an oven.
  5. Serve with shredded cabbage, kimchi, tomatoes, cucumber pickles, a squirt of sri racha and mayonnaise.


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  • Calories: 499
  • Saturated Fat: 7
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