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Thai Coconut Basil Burger

June 30, 2009

~ Mary ~

I am smitten with Build a Better Burger the cookbook as well as the website.  They have a yearly competition and I’m hoping Sean will enter (he lives in the same state as the competition) one of my creations some year soon!

Every burger I try has been, for the most part, OUTSTANDING!  There’s only one downfall – they take a commitment because there are usually three components: 1) Burger itself 2) The accoutrament and 3) The spread.  And unless you have a well stocked kitchen it almost always requires a trip to the grocery for sometimes some very unique ingredients.  Fortunatly though I have found that the burger usually can stand on its own – all by itself without all the add ons – but mind you the add ons usually send these burgers over the top and into the world of SUPREME SATISFACTION!

This latest one I tried – I just can’t wait to make it again (ate leftover burger for breakfast and lunch!).  I only changed up the recipe a little bit and WHEN I do make it again I’ll skip the Peanut Pesto because it didn’t add a whole lot and it was a PITA (pain in the kiester) to make.


I’ve tried over ten of their burgers here’s another one I posted earlier.



Thai Coconut Basil





Burger part 1:

Place in small sauce pan:

1 Can (14 ounce) Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Zest AND Juice of 1 Lime

Reduce over low simmer to 2/3 of a cup of liquid – it takes awhile -15-20 minutes.

set aside and LET COOL COMPLETELY!



Carrot & Pear Slaw:

In quart size ziploc bag combine:

1 tsp Sugar

1 Tbsp Lime Juice

1 Cup Shredded Carrots

1 Cup Sliced (matchstick size) Asian or other type of Pear

Zip up and shake to distribute well. Let sit in fridge while making rest of burger.



Peanut Pesto:

Combine in food processor:

1/2 Cup Roasted Chopped Peanuts

1/2 Cup Fresh Basil

1/4 Cup Cilantro

2 Tbsp Shredded Coconut

2 Tbsp Oil – peanut or olive

1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

Process until pasty then fold in:

1/2 Cup Chopped Tomatoes

Set aside.



Burger part 2:


In large mixing bowl combine:

2 # Ground Pork (Chicken or Turkey will work too)

2 tsp Thai Red Curry Paste

1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil

2 tsp Kosher Salt

1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

Cooled Coconut Milk Mixture.

Mix together and make 5-6 patties.

Grill about 5-7 minutes on each side depending on thickness. Assemble according to photo at top of post.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Leonor permalink
    June 30, 2009 4:50 pm

    oooo great.. My brother and I tried to make burgers recently and they were not very good… I’ll definitely have to check out that book and try this recipe! MMmm

  2. June 30, 2009 9:07 pm

    Yum! I totally had to share this with my twitter followers.

    • July 1, 2009 8:37 am

      HapPy! Just got on Twitter this past week – and connected to my site yesterday- now I have to remember to TWIT!

      • July 1, 2009 8:38 am

        Oh and LOOK – I got my Avater hooked up – isn’t that special!

  3. July 1, 2009 9:25 am

    We are hosting the Ultimate Burger contest & giving away that book … it is great isn’t it!!! This burger looks fantastic!

  4. oneordinaryday permalink
    July 1, 2009 12:57 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the burger website. I’m going to go look around right now.
    Your burger looks awesome, by the way!

  5. July 4, 2009 3:47 pm

    That is one tasty looking burger! I like all of the Thai flavours.

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