Szechuan Beef Burgers

It’s Burger Friday, Whoo-hooooo! Let’s celebrate with Szechuan Beef Burgers! A savory blend of all you love about Chinese takeout and backyard grilling.

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Last week, I declared June as Burger Month here on A Spicy Perspective. That means every Friday this month I will share a sensational hamburger recipe, perfect for your summer get-togethers.

Since this is just about the only place I get to “declare” anything, I’m really excited about it.

I wish you could see my happy dance… it’s pretty spectacular.

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We are a diehard Asian food family.

Although we like to experience flavors from all over the world. If you ask us what we want for dinner, these are the answers every time.






“Fried Rice.”

“Noodle Bowls.”

“Hot Pots.”

I could go on…

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In fact, the only person in our family that does not always answer this way is Lt. Dan.

He loves to experiment with food as well, but falls back on steak, pizza, or burgers, God bless him. So this summer I thought it would be fun to combine the Asian flavors we love best with an old-fashioned beef burger.

Then everybody is happy.

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Szechuan Beef Burgers are a spicy amalgamation of the Szechuan ingredients you might find in recipes like Crispy Szechuan Beef, Kung Pao Stir Frys, and Dan Dan Noodles.

Ginger, garlic, peanuts, sesame, Chinese vinegar, soy, and a whole lot of spice make these burgers completely irresistible.

Typically the standout ingredient in most Szechuan style recipes are Szechuan peppercorns. As they can be hard to find, I substituted sriracha sauce and fresh jalapeños to produce that spicy heat that makes Szechuan cuisine so appealing.

Each Szechuan Beef Burger is piled with spicy stir fried vegetables and peanuts for a savory crunch. You can skip the bun and serve these burgers between crisp lettuce leaves to make them even more veggie-licious!


Yield: 6 burgers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Szechuan Beef Burgers


For the Szechuan Beef Patties:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 1/2 Tb. hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tb. peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 Tb. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sriracha sauce

For the Szechuan Stir Fry Topping:

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 1 1/2 inch sections
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeños, seeded and sliced thin (optional)
  • 1 Tb. sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  •  1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 Tb. black Chinese vinegar (sub rice vinegar)
  • 1-2 tsp. sriracha sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tb. fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • water

For the Szechuan Beef Burgers:

  • 6 Buns
  • Wasabi Mayonnaise (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the ground beef with the hoisin, peanut butter, soy sauce and sriracha by hand, until smooth. Form into 6 patties that are just larger than the buns. Refrigerate until ready to grill.
  2. Preheat the grill to high heat. Slice all the veggies into thin even julienne-style pieces. Mix the Soy sauce, sherry, black vinegar, garlic, ginger and sriracha together in a small bowl. Whisk in the corn starch and have another 1/2 cup of water ready on the side.
  3. Grill the patties for 3-5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and cover with foil.
  4. Preheat a wok (or large skillet) on high heat. Add a scant amount of sesame oil, and stir fry the veggies in small batches for 30-60 seconds until just barely cooked and slightly charred. (You won't get char marks if you use too much oil or add all the veggies at once.) Turn off the heat and add the liquid mixture. Whisk to thicken. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water until you reach your preferred thickness. Mix in the stir fried veggies and peanuts.
  5. To Serve: Place a patty on each bun and top wth stir fired veggies. If you need even more kick, shmeer the buns with Wasabi Mayo. (1/2 mayo + 1 tsp. wasabi paste)

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48 Responses to “Szechuan Beef Burgers”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — June 14, 2013 @ 4:13 am

    The best of all worlds make for a great burger!


  2. #
    Tieghan — June 14, 2013 @ 5:53 am

    OKay, this is another AWESOME burger!! I never would of thought of this combo, but mad it sounds so good!! I love szechuan! These are crazy, but in such a good way!


  3. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 14, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    hese look so so good! My husband will love them..Szechuan Beef is one of his favorites!


  4. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 14, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    You are SO CREATIVE!! I love all your burger combinations. They look so mouth-watering. When I come visit you in Asheville next year, can we please make some of this? :) hehe


    • Sommer — June 14th, 2013 @ 7:31 am

      Yeah girl!! You know it!


  5. #
    Heather Christo — June 14, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    All hail Burger month!!! I am a big fan of the idea and of this amazing burger in particular. It looks delicious!!


  6. #
    Maria — June 14, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    Now that is a burger! Nice!


  7. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — June 14, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    Mmmm, burger me, please! :)


  8. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 14, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    That’s so cool that you and your family enjoy Asian meals at home so much, Sommer! I aspire to cook more Asian dishes at home and would love to start with these gorgeous burgers!


  9. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — June 14, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Love a good burger!


  10. #
    Angie — June 14, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    How unique! I love trying new burgers!


  11. #
    cassie - bake your day — June 14, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    What a great way to enjoy a burger. I adore these flavors!


  12. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 14, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    This looks totally incredible. I share your love of these flavors!!! Beautiful photos too.


  13. #
    marla — June 14, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Great looking burgers!! I wanna try them this weekend :)


  14. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — June 14, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Two of my favorite things ever combined into one! LOVE this!


  15. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 14, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    This is one of the best looking burgers I’ve ever seen!


  16. #
    Amanda — June 14, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    This is the most stunning burger I have ever seen, Sommer!! I am blown away by your photography!! Let’s have a burger bar along with our doughnut bar, okay? :D


    • Sommer — June 14th, 2013 @ 11:29 am

      Awe, thanks Amanda! Sounds like a good plan…


  17. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — June 14, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    Add pad thai and pho and you have our list! Lovely…but really, where is the dance video, huh?


    • Sommer — June 14th, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

      Haha! I may just make one for you and Brian. ;)


  18. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — June 14, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Oh yes… I think I’d like to see that happy dance. I need video proof that it exists.


  19. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — June 14, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    Now that is one spectacular burger!


  20. #
    Abby — June 14, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    these look so, so delicious….
    love them!


  21. #
    nessa — June 14, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    Such a great combo!


  22. #
    Betty Lynne — June 14, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Lovin’ the burger month theme! But it has to be Saturday as Friday night is pizza night in our house! Awesome looking burger and can’t wait to try it!


  23. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 14, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    Seriously the best burger I’ve seen in a long time. You are a ROCK STAR.


  24. #
    Shawn @ I Wash You Dry — June 14, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    EEE-GATS!! I love this burger! We are huge fans of the Asian cuisine over here too, so I can’t wait to try this! I totally love your “pin button” on your photos too. I recently got something similar on my photos, but I love yours a lot more. Can you share who/where you got those? Thanks!!!


    • Sommer — June 14th, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

      Hey Shawn! It’s probably the same plugin you have, but you can add your own graphic. I just inserted the pin button icon from my subscription options.


  25. #
    Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — June 14, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Another great burger, Sommer! So yummy!


  26. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — June 14, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    Wow, looks so amazing!


  27. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — June 14, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    oh the flavors on this are calling my name, LOUDLY :)


  28. #
    Kristen — June 15, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Holy cow, Sommer – this is the burger of all burgers! LOVE it!


  29. #
    Chris — June 16, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Dang…I pinned, stumbled, AND google+ this one. You see a million burger recipes every year and they get lost in a blur of bacon and cheese. But this one seems like something special.


  30. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 16, 2013 @ 9:52 am



  31. #
    Carolyn — June 17, 2013 @ 4:16 am

    Okay, now these I have to make! All those yummy toppings. You come up with the best burgers!


  32. #
    Jeanette — June 17, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Love all the Asian flavors in your burger Sommer! Wish we could cook together!


  33. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — June 17, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    I like this spicy burger instead of the usual burgers we make, going to add this on the list of recipes to try this week – thanks!


  34. #
    Russell — June 17, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    Awesome burger recipe! Now I’m hungry.


  35. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — June 18, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    This burger looks absolutely fabulous, Sommer!!


  36. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 18, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    Burger month? You’re a woman after my own heart!! This looks amazing Sommer!


  37. #
    Aggie — June 19, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    WOWZERS!! This looks amazing and so creative Sommer!! My husband would freak over this burger.


  38. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 22, 2013 @ 6:19 am

    This burger is brilliant! I must have one!


  39. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 26, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    This burger looks so incredible, my husband will flip when I make this for him!


  40. #
    StufZ — November 1, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Good post. This spicy Szechuan beef burger seems worth the try. Thanks for sharing.


  41. #
    Terri — July 10, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    these were delicious , nice heat to the flavor , will be trying more of your recipes



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