This week’s installment of The Associated Press’ "20 Burgers of Summer" series comes from celebrity chef Martin Yan, who some may know from his numerous television shows about cooking.
Yan told AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch that crafting the perfect burger has been a lifelong project. What he’s come up is called the Dynasty Burger.
"I am so passionate about this homemade burger recipe that I have spent my entire life trying to perfect it — and I am still working on it!" he said in an e-mail to Hirsch. "I’m using chopped fresh vegetables and herbs and incorporating Asian seasonings/spices, trying to find the right combination/proportion of ingredients to bring the flavor to a new level."
With his background in Asian cooking, it’s not surprising that Yan draws his inspiration from that palette.
"The addition of some chopped shiitake mushrooms (soaked, softened and coarsely chopped) and water chestnuts (coarsely chopped), will give the burger some extra texture. "I would also add some chopped garlic ginger, and cilantro for extra flavor."
Dynasty Burger with Spicy Hoisin Barbecue Sauce
FOR THE HOISIN BARBECUE SAUCE:
¼ cup prepared barbecue sauce
¼ cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
FOR THE BURGER:
1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 hamburger buns
4 leaves lettuce
1 large tomato, sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
To make the barbecue sauce, in a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
To prepare the burgers, in a medium bowl, combine the beef, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and pepper. Mix well, then form the meat into 4 patties, each about 4 inches round.
Heat a grill or grill pan to high.
Add the patties and cook for 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Allow the burgers to rest off the heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
Place each burger on the bottom half of a bun. Top each with some of the barbecue sauce, then arrange a piece of lettuce, and slices of tomato and red onion slices on each.
Yield: Serves 4.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 448 calories, 179 calories from fat, 21 grams fat (4 grams saturated, 1 gram trans), 60 milligrams cholesterol, 41 grams carbohydrates, 28 grams protein, 2 grams fiber, 1,710 milligrams sodium.