Recipe : Umami Burgers

by Ginny on July 3, 2011

If you’re looking for a basic burger with that special something, look no further. Don’t let the name or the ingredients throw you– this juicy, flavorful burger is all-American and totally versatile. I’ve made them with beef, bison, and lamb, and all three are deeee-licious!


  • 3 pounds best quality burger (beef, bison, or lamb)
  • 1/4 cup shallot, minced and sauteed with a pat of butter and a pinch of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi paste (or substitute horseradish)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (like Lawry’s or Johnny’s)
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste (I go generous here)

In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients EXCEPT burger, and whisk to combine. Add burger and mix with your hands just until combined. Divide burger into 8 equal portions and form into large patties. Grill and serve on toasted buns with your favorite fixings.

Adapted from Chef Tammy Wilson of Baristas in New Martinsville, W.V., whose recipe for Barista Burgers was featured in an article by Rebecca Skloot in New York Times Magazine, and reprinted in “Best Food Writing 2005”.

Serves 8

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