Soy-miso beef burgers

With Japanese-seasoned sweet potato fries

By: Anna Decker / 08/12/2015

These are far from your average backyard hamburgers. The ground beef combines with miso and scallion then the burgers get browned and glazed with a combination of mirin and soy sauce. Cucumbers also cook in the sweet-salty sauce for a delicious burger topper. No other condiments needed! Sweet potato fries dusted with a sesame-nori mix called furikake are the perfect companion.

What you’ll need:

11 oz sweet potato 2 teaspoons nori komi furikake (0.2 oz) 1 oz scallion 1 mini cucumber (4 oz) 12 ounces ground beef ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs (0.5 oz) 2 teaspoons genmai miso (0.5 oz) 1 tablespoon mirin (0.75 oz) 2 tablespoons soy sauce (1.2 oz) 2 sesame seed challah burger buns (5.7 oz) few leaves green leaf lettuce (2.5 oz) Safflower, vegetable, canola or other mild oil sugar coarse salt freshly ground black pepper rimmed baking sheet skillet

Recipe steps:

Make sweet potato fries

Preheat oven to 425°. Cut sweet potato into ½ inch wedges. Toss with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet and roast, stirring occasionally until browned and tender, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with furikake.

Make burgers

Meanwhile, cut root ends off scallions then thinly slice. Cut ends off cucumber and thinly slice. In a bowl, combine the beef, scallion, and panko. Add the miso and 1/2 teaspoon salt knead with your hands to combine. Divide into 2 equal portions and shape into two 4-inch patties.

Sear burgers

Add 2 teaspoons oil to a skillet and place over medium high heat. When hot, add the patties and sear on the first side until browned, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute.

Add cucumbers and mirin

Lower the heat, add the cucumbers and mirin and cover and cook for 2 minutes.

Combine sauce

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon each sugar and hot water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the soy sauce and stir again to mix.

Coat burgers in sauce

Return the skillet to high heat and add the soy mixture. Shake the skillet to coat the beef patties, and flip them once after a minute to make sure they are evenly glazed. Split the buns. Serve the burgers on the buns topped with cucumbers, sauce and lettuce. Serve the sweet potato fries on the side. Enjoy!

Suggested Sips: A malted beer with mild hops

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