Burgers are a classic dish that everyone loves and looks for. From quick bites in fast food chains to artisan versions in high-end restaurants or even deconstructed varieties, there are many ways that you can reinvent and create a handheld treat that will keep your diners excited for more!
Here are some easy recipes where you can take this well-loved American classic and give it some Asian elements.
1. Ramen Burger
Take the elements of what makes a good ramen and turn it into a Japanese burger! The noodles can be fried to create a crunchy bread, while the meat patty can be made with miso flavours that enhance its overall meatiness and umami. Don’t forget the Japanese egg in the centre for that positively gooey surprise when you bite into the burger.
2. Chicken Tom Yam Burger
Cooking chicken breast with a tom yam glaze is a great way to incorporate Thai flavours into a burger! You can grill it as a healthier alternative, or coat it in breading before deep frying it for something sinful. The sour spicy taste of spices paired with the refreshing sour notes of lime are tempered by fluffy bites of bread and crunchy greens. Using a charcoal bun also gives it visual appeal.
3. Shrimp Laksa Burger
One of the first things that come to mind when you mention Singapore food is laksa. This burger pays homage to the hawker classic with a creamy, spicy sauce paired with butterfly-cut shrimp. You can even cook the shrimp in a salted egg batter and pair it with the same spicy laksa for an extra kick of umami flavours.
4. Shredded Bulgogi Burger
This Korean-inspired burger is healthy choice that diners can enjoy for breakfast! Combine shreds of savoury chicken bulgogi, sweet caramelised onions, and a sunny-side up egg that oozes liquid gold, all in a warm whole-wheat bun. Get the recipe here.
5. Spicy Oriental Burger
How about a hot burger for the spice aficionados out there? The Szechuan burger uses the fiery red sauce to give the bun its colour, in which there’s a beef patty, Szechuan mayo sauce, sweet hoisin ketchup and some greens. You can even level up this oriental burger by adding in a sriracha cabbage slaw featuring a mix of shredded red cabbage and carrots.
6. Sushi Burger
This Japanese-style burger gets its inspiration from sushi. Use sticky, vinegary sushi rice as the “buns”, and fill it with fresh slices of sashimi, spicy wasabi and lettuce. Add some slices of avocado to create a healthy food favourite that pescatarians and sushi-loving diners will go for.
Fuel your creativity and create award-winning burgers with Asian twists, and who knows? You might just make the next bestseller that will catapult your restaurant to stardom!