Kalbi rice burger sliders

kalbi slider

A yummy little burger made with a delectable ground sirloin patty, topped with spicy bean paste and fried zucchini, inside a sesame rice ‘bun’!

I have never understood the whole slider concept.  Why make a small little burger and then have to eat two? (or three?)  What was wrong with the good ol’ fashion sized burger? The toppings never all fit, the burgers are too tall and 4 bites later, you are done!

So why, you ask, did I make them?  Well, like most things that happen in my kitchen, it was by chance.  I had made my delicious kalbi beef patties with some ground sirloin my yobo had got on sale.  I have been wanting to make a patty with a spicy bean paste for a while, but alas, I had forgotten that when I was making the patties.  Still wanting to experiment with the bean paste, I figured I use it as a condiment.  Then inspiration hit, and voila, spicy bean paste and fried zucchini kalbi beef patties!

By why are they so small?  I had already made the patties, and I have small hands, so unless I am intentionally making big ones for burgers, this is the size they come out in.  Perfect for sliders! 🙂

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The things you need:

Yield: 12 sliders

The patties

  • 1 lb ground sirloin (or ground beef)
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (or 3 cloves)
  • a couple of shakes of black pepper

The rice ‘buns’

  • 6 cups of cooked rice – a quick tutorial here if needed
  • salt to taste
  • sesame oil to oil the pan

The toppings

  • Spicy bean paste, Sunchang Samjang (bought prepared at an Asian mart)
  • 1/2 a zucchini sliced

The how to:

  • mix all the ingredients together to make the beef patties
  • form into small balls and flatten – make 12
  • fry them on medium low. Turn them over and flatten them down.  Be sure to not let them burn!
  • continue to fry until the juices caramelize and a delicious sticky coating has formed on the outside
  • fry the zucchini and salt to taste
  • salt the rice to taste
  • heat a fry pan and season with sesame oil
  • scoop out 1/4 c rice
  • using 2 plastic sandwich bags as gloves (if you don’t have plastic food gloves handy 🙂 ) form it into a ball and press into a flat pancake
  • lightly fry both sides
  • fry all 24 rice ‘buns’ – I usually can fit 4 in a pan at a time

Assemble

  • place a rice ‘bun’ on a plate
  • put a kalbi beef patty on top
  • smoother in spicy bean paste
  • lay 2 or 3 slices of zucchini on the patty
  • top with another rice ‘bun’

Enjoy!

Jaina's grin

Even though summer is over, the kids fascination with rice burgers is not!


Kalbi hamburger patties

kalbi patties

There is nothing like home made hamburger patties! And with three easy  ingredients, these make the yummiest burgers you have ever tasted!

Three ingredients? How can that be?  While I am one who likes to make a marinade from scratch, I have a hard time passing up a good bargain when I see one.  I found Kalbi sauce on for 50% off!  I can’t even buy the soy sauce for that price! (50% off of $3.98 = $1.99! for 800ml)

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So what is it? It is a Korean kalbi marinade sauce made with soy sauce, sugar, onion, garlic, ginger and sesame. So even though I don’t usually love to cook with pre-made sauces, I couldn’t pass up a good deal and with 5lbs of ground beef on sale as well, I took the easy route to yummy-ness.

kalbi sauce

What is the third ingredient you wonder?  Green onions!  Gotta love green onions!

The things you need: (a re-cap)

Yield: 24 large hamburger patties

  • 3/4 of a jar of Kalbi sauce (about 500ml)
  • 5 lbs of ground beef
  • a bunch of green onions finely chopped

The how to:

  • mix the sauce and green onions into the ground beef
  • get in there with you bare hands and mix well
  • form patties the of a baseball
  • press onto a parchment paper lined pan
  • fire up the BBQ and enjoy!
  • or cover in plastic wrap and freeze for future goodness!

ground beef

Sorry – no kid pictures.  I try to be a good mama and have them help me in the kitchen but I don’t love having them play with raw meat.  🙁