김치불고기버거 (Kimchi Bulgogi Burger)

This is more of a sandwich than a burger (although it is served on a hamburger bun), but as this recipe is actually our attempt to revive a menu item from a now long-gone restaurant in Hawaii, we thought it'd be nice to retain the original name as well. Bulgogi + kimchi may seem odd at first, but it sure tastes great!

Developed by:


  • 3 hamburger buns
  • 100g kimchi, sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 2-3 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Beef Marinade

  • 200g thinly sliced 불고기용 beef
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon 국간장
  • 1 tablespoon pear juice or finely minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black peppers


    Marinate the beef
  1. Create marinade using listed ingredients. Cut beef into bite-sized pieces, then cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. Start with cooking mushroom and onions
  3. In a medium pan, heat oil and stir in mushrooms and onions. Cook until onions are almost transparent.
  4. Add marinated beef
  5. Stir in beef and cook just until any visible red color is gone. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Layer ingredients
  7. On each side of the hamburger buns, thinly spread mayonnaise. Layer with cooked bulgogi, then with kimchi.

Notes & Tips

As you may have noticed, this is mainly a bulgogi recipe! There isn't much to the sandwich itself aside from the idea. All you really need is bread, bulgogi and kimchi.

Grated pears or minced onions act as a meat tenderizer. You could also try pineapple juice or grated kiwi. 불고기용 beef bought at the store often come in large strips, you can cut them to bite-size before cooking.

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