Asian Pork Burgers with Kimchi

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Servings: 4      Prep Time: 15 minutes      Cook Time: 8 minutes

My recipe was inspired by a fellow blogger - and I can't remember who it was...I'm sorry!  I'll keep searching to find the blogger.  If you know who you are, let me know!! named Birdeye Chili from Canada. 

Kimchi is korean vegetable condiments, seasoned with garlic, ginger and chilis.  While there are over 200 types of Kimchi, the most popular kind is made with cabbage.  Learn more here.  Do you want to make it?

Ingredients:

Pork burgers
1 lb ground pork (or turkey)
1 large garlic clove, smushed in garlic press
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger (use microplane grater)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
salt & pepperToppings/Condiments
1 bunch scallions, washed & roots trimmed (keep scallions whole)
1/2 cup Kimchi
4 slices tomato
Japanese mayonnaise4 hamburger buns

Directions:

1 . Preheat your gas or charcoal grill :  On medium-high

2.  Make your patties:  Combine all ingredients for the burger.  Form 4 equal sized burgers.  Don't make them too thick or they will be difficult to cook thoroughly.  With your fingers, form a nice little dent in the middle.  The burger will puff up in the middle during cooking and the dent will allow your burger will puff up evenly.

3. Cook burgers:  Brush grates of grill with a little oil.  Cook burgers on medium-high direct heat for 4 minutes with lid closed.  Open lid, throw your whole scallions on the grill.  Flip burgers and cook another 4 minutes with lid open, or until internal meat is 160F.  Serve with grilled scallions, a side of kimchi and any other toppings that you'd like.  I like piling the kimchi on the burger.