If you love sauces, particularly ones with a kick of sweet and spice you’re going to love Korean Gochujang sauce. It’s a savory, sweet and spicy sauce that is a staple in Korean cuisine and a popular table top condiment. Gochujang sauce is a rich red chili sauce condiment that can be used on anything and everything: vegetables, seafood, chicken, pork, beef and probably even ice cream. If not on ice cream now, it will probably show up at a food festival or fair near you. Gochujang sauce is usually in paste or sauce form and found in every Korean market. There’s so many options, it can be intimidating when a whole aisle in the Korean market is filled to the brim with Gochujang sauce. Yup, it’s that vital to Korean cuisine and down in our Southern California Korean supermarkets, there’s never ever a shortage of different brands and variations. There’s so many to choose from, it can be dizzying and dreamy all at once.
We were at a food festival and free bottles of Gochujang sauce were being passed around like free shots of Bourbon. Everyone was grabbing what they can and obviously, there was quite an obsession to this sauce. Two of the companies that were handing it out were calling it “Spicy Sweet Korean Ketchup”, which is aptly named because it’s pretty much spot on. These two bottles were developed and packaged more for the Western palate because it’s “squeezable” and it was in 8 oz bottles, which is significantly smaller than most gochujang tubs found at Korean Markets. Either way, we were addicted to the sweet and spicy flavors on fries, vegetables and of course, burgers!
Geez, the gochujang sauce is marinading inside the burger before grilling and then drizzled on-top again after grilling is outstanding. The flavors are screaming out of each bite and it’s no wonder these Korean flavors are so popular in grilling. Topped with some extra Korean kimchi pickles for the extra flavor and now this burger has become a grilling favorite. Sure, you don’t have to kimchi on the burger. You can always add your own favorite slaw or crisp lettuce and tomato. With the gochujang sauce on top, you won’t really need any other ketchup or mustard. Trust us, the flavors from the sauce on top is enough to make you crave another round of Korean burgers the following weekend. It’s a great way to serve up burgers that’s different and flavorful, especially if you’re friend are daring enough to enjoy the heat and the pungent kimchi.
diane and todd
Korean Kimchi Burgers with Gochujang Sauce
Yield: Makes 3-4 Burgers
Total Time: 30 minutes
Gochujang is an amazing Korean sauce. See the post above for more explanations of it.
- 1 lb. (455g) ground Beef or Pork
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Gochujang sauce, plus extra for spreading
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste
- 1 Green Onion, sliced
- 3-4 Hamburger Buns
- Additional Optional Burger condiments: lettuce, Mustard, Fried Shallots, Onions
- In medium bowl, mix ground beef, garlic, gochujang sauce and black pepper. Divide into 3-4 portions and shape burger patty.
- Heat grill over medium-high heat (if you have that option) and cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until cooked.
- Assemble the burgers: lay bottom bun, lettuce, patty, extra gochujang sauce, kim chi and green onions on top. If you want, add any of your favorite burger toppings.
- Place the top bun on the burger and enjoy!