Korean Fusion: Kalbi Burgers kalbi beogeo 칼비 버거

Kalbi is one of the most popular of the Korean BBQ meats. Typically thin strips of beef short ribs, the meat is marinated in salty/sweet mixture of soy sauce, sweetener, and sesame oil, then grilled quickly over high heat. The exact marinade varies by restaurant or home cook, but always incorporates salty/sweet/savory. This recipe takes the basic Kalbi idea to a ground beef preparation. In patty form, grilled or fried, on a burger or sandwich bun, with typical (or not so typical) burger toppings, this is a great way to meld Korean flavors with an American standard.

Servings: 6

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


2 pounds beef short ribs (English cut)

6 Burger Buns/Sandwich Rolls

3 red chili peppers

3 green chili peppers


1/4 cup natural brewed soy sauce

1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons rice wine

1 slice onion (about 1/8 inch thick or 1/2 ounce)

2 tablespoons plum extract

4 cloves garlic

Topping Suggestions

onion slice

tomato slice

red or green leaf lettuce

sliced cucumber

par boiled bean sprouts

perilla leaves

crown daisy leaves

leaf spinach


Have your butcher or meat counter grind the rib meat for you OR

Remove the rib meat from the bone(s) and rinse well in cold water.

Grind the meat.

Remove the stems from then mince the chili peppers.

Place all marinade ingredients in a blender and liquefy.

Mix the marinade and the minced peppers with the ground meat and let stand at least 1/2 hour.

Form into 6 equal sized patties.

Grill or fry to your preferred “Done”.

Place cheese on top the patties just before removing from heat.

Place on bun or roll and top with you choice of toppings.

Eat and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Serving size: 1 sandwich
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Amount Per Serving

Calories 433.83

Calories From Fat (36%) 156.58

Calories From Protein (34%) 149.63

Calories From Carbohydrates (29%) 127.62

Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

% Daily Value

Total Fat 17.44g 27%

Saturated Fat 7.03g 35%

Monounsaturated Fat 7.11g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1.51g

Trans Fatty Acids 0g

Cholesterol 89.21mg 30%

Sodium 1086.53mg 45%

Potassium 805.75mg 23%

Total Carbohydrates 32.18g 11%

Fiber 1.46g 6%

Sugar 11.1g

Sugar Alcohols 0g

Net Carbohydrates 30.72g

Protein 36g 72%

Vitamin A 214.43IU 4%

Vitamin C 40.07mg 67%

Calcium 85.29mg 9%

Iron 5.37mg 30%

Vitamin E 0.34mg 3%

Vitamin D 0IU

Thiamin 0.4mg 27%

Riboflavin 0.43mg 25%

Niacin 7.96mg 40%

Vitamin B6 0.85mg 43%

Folate 70.36mcg 18%

Vitamin B12 5.21mcg 87%

Pantothenic Acid 0.76mg 8%

Vitamin K 4.59mcg 6%

Phosphorus 355.27mg 36%

Magnesium 58.78mg 15%

Zinc 7.79mg 52%

Copper 0.33mg 17%

Manganese 0.4mg 20%

Selenium 30.84mcg 44%

Alcohol 0g

Caffeine 0mg

Water 212.85g 0%

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