Oriental Hamburger – Amah’s Kitchen

Oriental HamburgerEveryone loves a hamburger once in a while, and there’s nothing like a homemade hamburger simply because you can make it anyway you want.

So why is it a hamburger when generally there’s no ham in it? It’s because the name is derived from the German city of Hamburg; similar to Frankfurt for the frankfurter. The “burger” is generally associated with a sandwich – even a veggie burger.

In most cases hamburger patties are made from beef but lamb, chicken or any other mince can also be used.

Here’s a beef hamburger with a difference. The hoisin and chilli sauces, combined with the crisp vegetables make this an “I’ll have another” hamburger.

Makes 2 hamburgers


  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 350 g beef mince
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1½ tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons peanut or olive oil
  • 50 g snow peas (sliced thin)
  • ½ a red capsicum (sliced thin)
  • ½ a carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • ½ an onion (sliced)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of chilli sauce (type and quantity to taste)
  • 1½ tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper

Oriental Hamburger

  1. Combine the beef, ginger, half of the garlic with 1 tablespoon of the hoisin sauce and 1 teaspoon of the soy sauce. Season well and shape into two patties to suit you hamburger buns.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat and grease lightly with an oil spray. Cook patties for 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Transfer the patties to an oven tray, brush with a teaspoon of hoisin sauce and bake in a 160°C preheated oven 15 minutes or until done. Allow to patties to rest for a few minutes.
  4. Heat the peanut or olive oil medium heat and stir fry the remaining garlic, carrot, capsicum, onion and snow peas. Cook, stirring for a minute or two ensuring the vegetables are tender but crisp.
  5. Stir in remaining hoisin sauce and soy sauce and combine.
  6. Combine the mayonnaise and chilli sauce.
  7. Build the Oriental hamburgers with the patty on the base; drizzle with chilli mayonnaise and topped with the vegetables.



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