A flavor-packed spin on the classic hamburger: Kimchi burgers. The burger flavor you didn’t know you needed.

Kimchi burgers, from Cheap Recipe Blog
I don’t get excited about burgers very often, but I was intrigued when my friend Rick told me about a burger he made last summer. The meat was seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, and other good stuff. And it was topped with blue cheese and kimchi. To be honest, he had me at kimchi.

I’ve been bugging Rick for awhile to share his Korean-style burger recipe with me. Once spring hits, I will be firing up the grill and making burgers for the first time in a long time. Thanks so much Rick, for sharing your recipe!

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Kimchi burgers, from Cheap Recipe Blog

Natural Burger With Kimchi, Blue Cheese, and Sautéed Onion

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 lb. ground beef, chicken or turkey

Meat seasoning mixture:

  • Shoyu soy sauce
  • 1 or 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • Ground black pepper
  • Dash of red wine
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  • One onion, sliced and sautéed in olive oil and/or butter with salt and pepper
  • Four ounces kimchi, ordinary cabbage variety, or another kind, drained a little
  • Four ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • Sprouts
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Place meat in a large mixing bowl. Combine meat seasoning items in a separate bowl. Add the seasoning to the meat and knead so the seasoning is evenly dispersed. If it’s too wet, let it stand for a few minutes.
  2. Cook burgers on a grill or stovetop to desired level. Top with blue cheese; cover burgers for 30 seconds to melt. Add sautéed onions and garnish burgers as you wish. Serve on bread, a bun or nothing!

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