Sweet-Hot Thai Burgers

Thai burger

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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Makes 4 (4 servings)

This sweet and spicy Thai burger recipe was the $50,000 grand prize winner of the 2007 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Contest and Cook-Off. It was created by Karen Bernards and features an Asian-inspired take on the classic American burger.

This is a perfect spin on a classic dinner and is sure to be a hit with your family and guests.


  • For the Cilantro Mayonnaise:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • For the Thai Salad Topping:
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (kosher)
  • 2 teaspoons Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup basil (chopped)
  • 1 English cucumber (cut into matchsticks)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut into matchsticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • For the Patties:
  • 2 pounds freshly ground chuck
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 4 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 cup spicy Thai kettle chips (or other spicy potato chips, placed in a bag and smashed slightly.)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (for brushing on the grill rack)
  • 6 potato hamburger buns

Steps to Make It

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

To Make the Mayonnaise

  1. Whisk the mayonnaise, lime juice, and cilantro in a small bowl.

  2. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

To Make the Salad

  1. Whisk the lime juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, sweet chili sauce, ginger, cilantro, and basil in a small bowl.

  2. Combine the cucumber, red pepper, and bean sprouts in a large bowl.

  3. Toss with the dressing to coat.

  4. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

To Make the Patties

  1. Combine the chuck, salt, sweet chili sauce, green onions, and chip pieces in a large bowl, handling as little as possible.

  2. Shape into six patties to fit the buns.

  3. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

  4. When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil.

  5. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once until done to preference, five to seven minutes on each side for medium.

  6. Place the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the grill rack to toast lightly during the last two minutes of grilling.

  7. To assemble the burgers, spread a generous amount of the cilantro mayonnaise over the cut sides of the buns.

  8. On each bun bottom, place a grilled patty, followed by equal portions of the Thai salad.

  9. Add the top bun and serve.

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