Korean BBQ Burgers

Korean BBQ Burgers are packed full of flavor from the sweet heat of the Korean BBQ sauce, the spicy mayonnaise and the pungent kimchi.

OMG. You guys!

We need to talk about Korean BBQ sauce. I’ve had Korean food. I’ve have Korean BBQ. But I never had the BBQ sauce on it’s own until this recipe and that was just a shame. Seriously. There is no interest in ever buying the bottles of BBQ sauce from the store again when you only need a few ingredients and a couple of minutes to make an absolutely incredible sauce.

Because May is #NationalBurgerMonth and that is the theme for the Fantastical Food Fight, I chose to put this on top of a burger, but I can 100% guarantee it would also be absolutely delicious on top of chicken, pork or even just veggies. There will be no more regular BBQ sauce in this house anymore, that’s for sure!

Anyway, let’s get to the recipe of this burger because I’ve made you wait enough (assuming you haven’t started using the “Jump to Recipe” feature at the top of the page) and really, this is not a recipe that you wait to make. Make it tonight! Or at least get it on your meal plan for next week. You won’t regret it!


Korean BBQ Burgers

Korean BBQ Burgers are packed full of flavor from the sweet heat of the Korean BBQ sauce, the spicy mayonnaise and the pungent kimchi.

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 22 mins
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Burger, Sandwich
  • Method: Grilling


For the Burgers:

  • 1 1/2 lbs 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For the Korean BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sambal oelek (chili garlic sauce)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp honey


  • mild or hot kimchi, chopped
  • spicy mayo (mix sambal oelek into mayo until it reaches your desired level of spiciness)
  • 5 burger buns


For the Burgers:

  1. Preheat a grill to medium high heat.
  2. Combine the ground beef, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and pepper together in a large bowl.
  3. Work the seasonings through the meat being careful not to overwork it.
  4. Form into 5 patties.
  5. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

For the Korean BBQ Sauce:

  1. Add brown sugar through cornstarch together in a small saucepan.
  2. Whisk to combine and heat over medium high heat.
  3. Whisk occasionally, until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey. *


  1. If using mayo, spread on the top and bottom of the burger bun. Add the burger to the bottom bun and cover with a heaping spoonful of the Korean BBQ sauce.
  2. Add the kimchi on top and put the remaining burger bun on top.
  3. Serve immediately.


  • If your sauce is too thick, thin it out with 1 tbsp of water at a time, whisk until fully combined and the sauce begins to loosen.

Keywords: korean bbq burger, korean bbq sauce, bbq sauce, burger, grilled food, fantastical food fight

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I’ve only had kimchi a few times so I won’t lie, I was a little hesitant at putting it on top of a burger, but it really makes the dish. There’s the sweet heat of the BBQ sauce and then a little extra kick from the spicy mayo. But then there’s this glorious vinegary punch of the kimchi that really balances out the heavier flavors of the sauce and mayonnaise.

I will advise that you may want to get a heartier burger bun for a sandwich like this. The standard burger buns are a little flimsy to stand up to the weight and toppings, but something like a kaiser roll would be perfect.



  1. I love this! It sounds so delicious! Love the sauce.

  2. Love Korean flavors and this burger sounds wonderful.

  3. My husband just had Korean BBQ at a local restaurant so I know he would love to have this burger and I would too!

  4. The sweet and sour dip sounds amazing with those burgers…

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