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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!

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Szechuan Beef Burgers

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Szechuan Beef Burgers: a savory blend of all you love about Chinese takeout and backyard grilling.
Servings: 6 burgers


For the Szechuan Beef Patties:

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 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon black Chinese vinegar sub rice vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Water

For the Szechuan Beef Burgers:

  • 6 buns
  • Wasabi mayonnaise optional


  • 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.
  • 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 cornstarch and have another 1/2 cup of water ready on the side.
  • Grill the patties for 3-5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and cover with foil.
  • 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.

To Serve:

  • Place a patty on each bun and top with stir-fried veggies. If you want even more kick, smear the buns with Wasabi Mayo. (1/2 cup mayo + 1 teaspoon wasabi paste)


Serving: 1burger, Calories: 740kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 44g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 108mg, Sodium: 1423mg, Potassium: 763mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 4290IU, Vitamin C: 68.1mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 14.7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Author: Sommer Collier

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52 comments on “Szechuan Beef Burgers”

  1. I made this for dinner tonight! Awesome. I did burgers in hot skillet ( watch that they don’t burn with the added ingredients in burgers) the wasabi  Mayo was an excellent addition. No buns needed.  I prepped meat and vegetables in the afternoon and dinner came together in 20 minutes

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  4. Hi – Thanks for the recipe! I had to find a recipe for beef and nuts, for a friendly cooking competition I did with a friend. So, I searched the Internet until I landed on this. I followed your recipe for a practice round before the big day, and my son loved it. But I found that mixing the hoisin and peanut butter into the burger meat made it too sugary and prone to burning. So, I decided to use the peanut sauce just as a topping on the cooked burger. But then I had to do something to the burger meat to give it a Chinese flavor. So, I mixed in Szechuan peppercorns into the raw meat.  Wow. What a flavor.  The peppercorns gave the burger that amazing Szechuan flavor that you can’t find in any other type of cuisine.  That, coupled with peanut sauce and your sautéed peppers was an amazing flavor bomb, totally Szechuan! And, my wife likes pickles on her burger, so I put a coulple of sliced pickled jalapeños on it. While the end result was too much for my 10-year old, the adults loved it! Next time, I will make some each way. Thanks for your creativity! 

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

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

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

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  11. This burger is brilliant! I must have one!

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

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

  14. This burger looks absolutely fabulous, Sommer!!

  15. Awesome burger recipe! Now I’m hungry.

  16. 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!

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

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

  19. YESSSSSSSEYSYEYSesyeyseysyeysyysysssssss.

  20. 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.

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

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

  23. Another great burger, Sommer! So yummy!

  24. 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!!!

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

  26. 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!

  27. Such a great combo!

  28. these look so, so delicious….
    love them!

  29. Now that is one spectacular burger!

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

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

  32. 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

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

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

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

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

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

  38. How unique! I love trying new burgers!

  39. 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!

  40. Now that is a burger! Nice!

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

  42. 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

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

  44. 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!

  45. The best of all worlds make for a great burger!