Asian Beef Burgers with Ginger and Cilantro
Reminiscent of a favorite grilled steak from a local Chinese restaurant,
this burger is for ginger lovers. Do not substitute dried ginger for the
fresh: unless you are baking, dried ginger rarely works.
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds ground chuck
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 heaping tablespoon finely chopped fresh gingerroot
1 tablespoon hot sesame oil, available at Asian markets and specialty shops
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Place the beef, cilantro, garlic, ginger and sesame oil in a large mixing
bowl and, using your hands, gently mix until the ingredients are evenly
Place the beef on a work surface and divide into 4 balls of equal size.
Form each into a patty about 3/4 to 1 inch thick, tossing it back and forth
between your hands. To ensure more even cooking, make a 1/2-inch
indentation with your thumb in the center of the burger. Handle the patties
as little as possible; do not work more than necessary.
Prepare a grill to medium-high. When the coals are glowing red, after 15 to
20 minutes, cover with the grate. After 5 minutes, use a wire brush to
thoroughly clean the grate. Brush the grate with oil. When the coals are
covered with pale gray ash and you can leave your hand 5 inches above the
fire for 2 to 3 seconds, the coals are ready.
Sprinkle both sides of the burgers with the salt. Place the burgers on the
grate and grill until well seared on both sides, about 5 minutes for medium
rare or 6 minutes for medium. Transfer to buns or a serving platter on
greens and serve immediately.
Alternatively, place a cast iron skillet over high heat and when it is hot
but not smoking add the burgers to the dry pan. Cook until well seared on
both sides, 8 to 10 minutes for medium rare or 10 to 12 minutes for medium.
From: Recipe of the Week: Burgers, by Sally Sampson. Found at: Chow.com