Korean Fusion: Bulgogi Sandwich 불고기 샌드위치

Bulgogi is probably one of the best known Korean beef dishes. In most restaurants it will be served as “Korean BBQ” and may be grilled either in the kitchen or at the table. It is a simple dish to prepare at home where it may be grilled over charcoal or gas, broiled, or stir-fried. Bulgogi can be prepared fairly quickly, and it is great on a burger bun topped with lettuce, onion, and cheese.

Servings: 4

Recipe Type: Beef, Fusion, Korean, Recipe, Sandwich


1 1/3 pound lean beef (Rib eye, Flank Steak, Tenderloin, or your favorite cut)


4 Burger Buns/Sandwich Rolls


1/4 cup natural brewed soy sauce

1/4 cup unsalted beef broth or water

1/2 small onion

1/2 small Nashi (Asian) pear or semi sweet apple

3 cloves garlic

1/2 ounce fresh ginger

1/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, or honey

1 spring/green onion

1 teaspoons pure toasted sesame seed oil

1 tablespoon rice wine

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Optional Toppings

Loose leaf lettuce

Cheese (your favorite sandwich cheese)

Sliced green or red chilli peppers

Sliced cucumber

Sliced or shredded Asian pear

Fried egg



Mix Marinade:

Cut onion, pear/apple, and ginger into small pieces and place in blender with garlic and just enough water to blend into a smooth liquid.

Pour into medium mixing bowl.

Trim root and top of green onion, rinse in cold water, and finely chop. Add to bowl.

Add all other ingredients. Mix well and let stand for at least fifteen minutes.

Note: If marinade is very thick, you can thin it by adding water and soy sauce in a 1 to 1 ratio.

Prepare Meat:

Hand trim any outer fat from your cut.

Freeze meat until stiff to help in slicing.

Slice meat very thinly (slightly thicker than deli sliced meats)

Very lightly salt each slice on both sides and let stand for ten minutes.

Place meat into a bowl, pour in enough marinade to just cover the meat and mix well. (Any leftover marinade may be refrigerated for later use)

Cover and place in refrigerator. Let meat stand in marinade for at least one hour.

Meat may now be placed in zip lock style bags and frozen for later use or cooked.


Grill: Heat grill on high heat. Grill until browned on both sides (10 to 20 seconds)

Stir Fry: Heat wok or stir fry pan to high heat, add meat, (you may add extras like onion, and sliced garlic)

Pile onto sandwich rolls or bun and top with sliced onion, lettuce, and cheese.