I’m always on the lookout for a new burger to try (enter Bobby Flay into my life), and many times I make them into turkey burgers. I saw a recipe for California Roll Burgers, and I love sushi, though california roll really isn’t a usual order for me, but I thought I’d give it a whirl anyway. I did use beef, as Bridget said she tried turkey it in the past, but the turkey flavor didn’t stand up to the crab.
I ended up altering the recipe a bit, only because Nate couldn’t find nori at the store, and the avocados were rock hard. So, seeing as though two ingredients that pretty much epitomizes California rolls were unavailable to me, I had to change the name to surf and turf burgers.
I have never used fish sauce before, and I got a little concerned when I was adding to my beef, as it smelled really strong. My cats sure were getting excited though! The end result was really good. The wasabi soy mayo was a nice kick, but definitely not too over powering. The beef was seasoned perfectly, and the crab mixture was a perfect finish. I would have loved to have avocado to add a little creaminess, but it was still lovely without it. Certainly, this is an outside the box burger, with flavors that almost everyone can appreciate.
Asian Surf and Turf Burgers
Source: The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Servings: 4 large, 6 medium-sized, 8 small burgers
2 lbs ground beef, no less than 90% lean
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
10 oz shelled king crab (from two legs, or pasteurized lump crab)
1/4 cup mayonnaise, divided
1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1-2 tbsp wasabi powder
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cucumber, sliced thinly
1. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, fish sauce, sugar, and pepper. Mix gently with your fingertips, then begin to form into patties. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, combine crab meat and 2 tbsp mayonnaise. In another small bowl, mix together remaining mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, wasabi powder, and soy sauce. Set both bowls aside.
3. Grill burgers to preferred doneness. When the burgers are almost done, toast the hamburger buns.
4. Spread wasabi mayonnaise on both sides of the buns, add cucumbers, burger, crab mixture, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and top with bun.