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How to Make Gochujang Chicken Burgers with Kimchi Bacon Jam

Making Gochujang Chicken Burgers with Kimchi Bacon Jam is a delightful culinary adventure that blends the bold flavors of Korean cuisine with the classic American comfort food, burgers. Here’s how you can create this delicious dish:

Gochujang Chicken Burgers
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Ingredients:

For the Gochujang Chicken Burgers:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Burger buns
  • Lettuce, tomato slices, and other toppings of your choice

For the Kimchi Bacon Jam:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup kimchi, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Gochujang Chicken Burgers:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, gochujang, minced garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, salt, and pepper.
    • Use your hands to mix the ingredients until well combined.
    • Divide the mixture into four equal portions and shape them into burger patties.
    • Heat a grill or skillet over medium heat and cook the burgers for about 5-6 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through and have reached an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
    • Toast the burger buns lightly on the grill or in a toaster.
  2. Make the Kimchi Bacon Jam:
    • In a skillet, cook the diced bacon over medium heat until it becomes crispy and browned.
    • Remove the bacon from the skillet and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess grease.
    • In the same skillet with the bacon fat, add the chopped kimchi and cook for about 3-4 minutes until it becomes slightly caramelized.
    • Return the cooked bacon to the skillet and add the brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir well to combine.
    • Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens into a jam-like consistency.
  3. Assemble the Burgers:
    • Place a cooked chicken burger patty on the bottom half of each toasted bun.
    • Spoon a generous amount of the kimchi bacon jam over the burger patties.
    • Top with lettuce, tomato slices, and any other desired toppings.
    • Place the top half of the burger bun over the toppings to complete the burgers.
  4. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Serve the Gochujang Chicken Burgers with Kimchi Bacon Jam immediately, accompanied by your favorite side dishes such as fries, coleslaw, or a fresh salad.
    • Enjoy the bold flavors and unique combination of Korean-inspired ingredients in every bite!
Gochujang Chicken Burgers
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Note:

Keep in mind that these Gochujang Chicken Burgers with Kimchi Bacon Jam are sure to impress with their savory, spicy, and slightly sweet flavors. Whether you’re grilling outdoors or cooking indoors, this fusion dish is perfect for any occasion.

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