A few months ago, we started using the countertop grill we got for our wedding so many years ago. It had been sitting in storage for a long time, and I was pretty excited about using it.
We originally registered for it with the intention of making panini sandwiches, but without cheese, paninis don’t really stick. But, it does make a pretty awesome grilled chicken, and we’ve started making burgers, too.
They grill so quickly, and there isn’t very much cleanup since our grill plates can go in the dishwasher. Of course, we’d prefer to grill them outside, but while our backyard is buried under a foot of snow, we will stay indoors.
I made these spicy hoisin burgers using leftover spicy sushi sauce and a little bit of hoisin (but, you knew that already because of the name, right?). It’s great because we don’t always use the whole recipe of sushi sauce, and I was feeling bad about throwing it away.
The patties themselves are pork and beef, which gives them a little extra flavor, and makes them a bit cheaper than just beef.
For the burgers:
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- Salt & pepper
For the sauce:
- 1/2 recipe spicy sushi sauce
- 2 tablespoons diced onion
- 2 tablespoons diced cucumber
For assembling the burgers:
- Sliced red onion
- Sliced cucumber
- Sliced sweet peppers (or pickled peppers)
- Hoisin sauce
- Preheat a grill to medium-indirect heat (or a countertop grill to 400˚F).
- In a large bowl, combine together the ground meat, hoisin and salt & pepper. Stir together with a fork, until thoroughly mixed. Form into 6 patties, set aside.
- In a small bowl, stir together the sauce ingredients. Set aside.
- Grill the burgers for 12 – 15 minutes, turning once, until burgers reach 145˚F (about 10 minutes on the countertop grill).
To assemble the burgers:
- On the bottom bun, layer hoisin sauce, red onion, burger patty.
- Top with spicy sauce, cucumber & peppers and top bun.
- Calories: 0
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 0 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 0 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Melissa Belanger