So far this year, Canada’s 150th birthday celebration has provided ample opportunity to highlight all things Canadian (for good reason, of course) and I’ve been totally loving it. One of the best parts about it, for me, has been getting to create and share my interpretation of some Canadian classics, especially when it comes to recipes.

Some of you may not know this about me, but my mom is Korean and my dad’s background is English and Scottish; he was born in Canada while my mom moved here when she was a tween. Lately I’ve been really excited about incorporating my Korean heritage into my Canadiana-themed foods and recipes (check out my Korean-Canadian Kimchi Caesar Recipe if you haven’t already!), and today I’m sharing this absolutely drool-worthy Korean BBQ Burger with Bulgogi Sauce made on ACE Bakery’s Gourmet Burger Buns  which are perfect for any fellow burger bun aficionados like me.

This burger idea came to fruition when my friends at ACE Bakery asked me to share a Canadian-inspired recipe using ACE Bakery products as part of one of their Canada 150-themed initiatives, including their current contest that gives you the chance to WIN a trip for 2 to Ottawa to Dine in the Sky. That’s right, literally IN. THE. SKY. Take one look at the image on their DiscoverGreat.ca website to see what I mean. The Sky Lounge is an event hosted by Ottawa 2017 and more on what they’ve got planned can be found at Ottawa2017.ca.

If you are daredevil who is down to dine in the sky (this is definitely going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience), all you need to do to enter to win is share your Canadian-inspired recipe using ACE Bakery product too, and submit it through the contest page before June 18th. In case you’re wondering, the answer is YES, I will be dining in the sky alongside you in Ottawa on July 15th too!

Until then, I highly encourage you to try this fun and easy recipe for a delicious asian-fusion twist on the classic Canadian burger. There are a few extra steps included to make all of the key components but trust me, they’re worth it! Keep reading for how to make my Canadian-Style Korean BBQ Burger with Bulgogi Sauce:

Korean BBQ Burger Recipe

(Recipe Makes 4-6 Burgers (depending on size of your patties) with Extra Condiments)

For The Burgers

What You Need:

  • 1.5 oz Quality Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Spinach, Chopped
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs (day-old ACE baguette works great for this!)
  • 2 Tbsp Good Luck Rub
  • Salt & Pepper

To Serve:

  • 6 Pieces Cooked Thick-Cut Maple Bacon
  • Bulgogi Sauce (recipe below)
  • Mustard Pickled Onions (recipe below)
  • Korean Spicy Mayo (recipe below)
  • Shredded Iceberg Lettuce
  • 4 ACE Bakery Gourmet Burger Buns (these gourmet buns come in packs of 4 so pick up an extra pack if you’re making extra burgers. They can be found in your grocery store bakery aisle, just look for the red rack!)

What To Do:

  • In a large bowl, combine all burger ingredients (not including what you need to serve).
  • Once thoroughly combined, divide the mixture and shape into 4-6 patties depending on desired size.
  • Place on a plate or cutting board, cover with plastic wrap and leave in your refrigerator until ready to cook.
  • Before firing up your grill, (outdoors on the barbie or indoors with a grill pan), make sure you’ve made your Mustard Pickled Onions, Bulgogi Sauce and Spicy Korean Mayo, all recipes listed below. If time and prep allows, you can make all 3 the night before to make eating your burgers on the day of easier and faster.
  • Once you’ve got everything ready to go, put your burgers and the bacon on your grill to cook.
  • Condense and thicken your bulgogi sauce if you haven’t already.
  • Once your burgers, bacon and sauce are ready, it’s time to assemble!
  • For each burger, take one ACE Bakery Gourmet Burger Bun and slice it in half.
  • Slather the bottom bun with Spicy Korean Mayo and top with shredded lettuce.
  • Place a hot burger on top of the mayo and lettuce, then slather it with the bulgogi sauce using a brusher spoon.
  • Top your saucy burger with one piece of bacon cut in half, and then the mustard pickled onions.
  • Place the other half of the gourmet bun on top and serve!
  • Repeat until all of your burgers are complete.

For The Mustard Pickled Onions

(Makes 1 Small Jar)

What You Need:

  • 2 White Onions, Finely Sliced
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Filtered Water
  • 1/2 Cup English Mustard
  • 1/2 Cup Fine White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Wine Vinegar

What To Do:

  • Put the sliced onions in a medium bowl and cover them with filtered water. Add the pinch of salt and let everything soak for 10 minutes.
  • While your onions are soaking, mix together the mustard, sugar and apple or rice vinegar in a separate large bowl.
  • Once the 10 minutes is up and your mix is ready, drain the onions and add them to the mustard sauce.
  • You can eat these right away, but if possible put everything into a small jar and let it all sit in the fridge for 24 hours.

For The Spicy Korean Mayo

(Makes About 1 Cup)

What You Need:

  • 1/2 Cup Veganaise or Mayonaise
  • 1 Tbsp Gochujang (or 1-2 Tbsp of Sriracha)
  • 1/2 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove, Minced
  • 1/2 Inch Fresh Ginger, Minced
  • 1 Green Onion, Sliced

What To Do:

  • Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl
  • Transfer to a jar or container and put in the fridge until ready to use
  • Will keep for up to 3 days.

For The Bulgogi Sauce

What You Need:

  • 3/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Fine White Sugar
  • 6 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Inch Piece of Fresh Ginger, Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 4 Scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Clear Apple Juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp Xanthan Gum

What To Do:

  • Combine all ingredients except for the xanthin gum together in a large bowl
  • Once combine, your Bulgogi Sauce can be stored in a container or jar until you’re ready to use it. This recipe makes more than you need for 4 burgers and, without the xanthan gum added, it is a traditional bulgogi marinade so save the leftovers and use it to use as a beef marinade!
  • Save this final step for when your burgers are ready to be cooked.
  • Put 2 cups of bulgogi sauce into a small saucepan over medium heat and add the xanthan gum.
  • Stir vigorously to combine and keep stirring until your sauce thickens, then set aside to put on to your hot, cooked burgers.

Enjoy!!

xo

@GracieCarroll

*Please note that this post has been brought to you in partnership with ACE Bakery*

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