Sushi Burger

by Erin

This post is part of a killer burger grill giveaway hosted by GirlCarnivore but the burger recipe is my own along with all other thoughts and opinions.

The fusion of sushi and burgers is here! This soy sauce seasoned burger is even served sandwiched between a sticky rice bun.

Sushi Burger 1
May is such a great month. It’s my birth month, National BBQ month, and also National Burger month! It’s time to cook all the things on the grill and I’m beyond excited that they weather has finally given up on the icy winter mix it has been spewing all the way through April. But this summer it won’t just be grilling because we are the proud owners of a new smoker that Bob seasoned this weekend so expect to see some smoked recipes making an appearance soon. But for now we stick to the grill for Burger Month brought to you by our faithful leader, Kita at Girl Carnivore!

Sushi Burger 3

I give you the sushi burger! Complete with sticky rice bun and a perfectly seasoned burger with a soy-reduction sauce. I originally bought some seaweed crisps to use instead of regular salad greens for the assembly – awesome idea right!? But you’ll notice from my photos that when it came to assembly, in true spastic fashion I forgot until after I had eaten the last burger a couple days later. Fail. I will say, I considered remaking them just to get the right photo because they were good enough to eat multiple times in a week, but then life got in the way and I ran out of time. So just imagine these with crispy seaweed instead of spinach.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the sweet grill giveaway! There’s one winner every week throughout #BurgerMonth and then one grand prize winner at the end of it all! So stay tuned and make sure you follow the #BurgerMonth hashtag on social media to catch all the other burgers. There is usually at least one posted every day all month long!

Take a look a other creations I’ve made for #BurgerMonth including: The Pepper Burger (2021), Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Turkey Burgers (2020), Chimichurri Burgers (2019), Patacon Burgers (2017), Hard Root Beer Burgers with Blue Cheese and Crispy Onions (2016), and Spicy Mustard & Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers (2014).

Sushi Burger 2

Three years ago: Grape Mojitos

Four years ago: Corn Fritter Shortcakes with Maple Whipped Cream

Five years ago: Brown Sugar Baked Fries

Six years ago: Pineapple Burgers


Serves 4



2 cups white sushi rice (DO NOT RINSE)

2 tsp salt

1 tsp rice wine vinegar

2 Tbsp black sesame seeds (I just used toasted)

Sesame oil


1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp water

1/2 Tbsp brown sugar

1/2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

1/8 tsp minced garlic

1/8 tsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp water mixed with 1 tsp cornstarch

1-1/4 lb. ground beef

2 scallions, diced

1/2 tsp salt


Sriracha mayo

Favorite greens or crispy seaweed

Thinly sliced avocado


  1. Bring rice, salt, vinegar, and 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until water has evaporated and rice is cooked, about 20 minutes. Keep covered and let cool until cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes. Stir sesame seeds.
    Fill a small bowl with room-temperature water. Scoop about 1/2 cup rice mixture with wet hands and form into a ball. Pat rice, dipping your hands in water to keep them wet, into a firm patty about 4″ round and 1/2″ thick. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then repeat with remaining rice mixture until you have 8 patties. If making in advance, chill until ready to cook.
  2. Heat a griddle or large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Brush 1 side of each patty lightly with sesame oil. Working in batches if needed, cook patties oil side down until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Brush tops with oil, then flip and cook until other side is lightly browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.
  3. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, and oil. Bring it to a boil for 10-20 seconds. Add the water-cornstarch mixture and stir well until the sauce is thickened. Pour the sauce into a large bowl. Add the ground beef, scallions, and salt, and mix until evenly distributed. Form four patties.
  4. Heat a greased grill (or grill pan or skillet) over medium-high heat. Grill burgers (or pan fry) about 4-5 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Remove to a plate. Assemble burgers with your favorite greens, sliced avocado, and a drizzle of sriracha mayo, all sandwiched between two rice buns.

Source: Buns adapted from Epicurious, Burgers adapted from My Korean Kitchen.

A huge thank you and shout out to the #BurgerMonth sponsors,  American Lamb Board, AnolonCabot Cheese, Crow Canyon Home, Melissa’s Produce, Microplane, New York Beef Council, Red Duck, SpiceologistVeal Made Easy, and Weber Grills.

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Camilla at Culinary Adventures May 11, 2018 - 1:35 pm

Totally intrigued! I was thinking it was going to be a seafood patty. I am totally going to try this.

spiffycookie May 11, 2018 - 1:44 pm

You are probably in the majority assuming that, but as I don’t like seafood I stuck to beef.

Sandi May 9, 2018 - 8:01 pm

This is so crazy creative, I LOVE it. My kids love sushi and I can’t wait to see how they like a burger version!

Lauren @ Lemon & Mocha May 9, 2018 - 4:11 pm

This looks amazing! Yum!

I totally feel you on remembering something after all the photos are done! Happens often to me too, but these still look delicious!

Wendy May 7, 2018 - 2:36 pm

What a creative idea. Love it….I think I will use a tuna steak for my burger. YUM.

Red Mousepad May 7, 2018 - 11:31 am

I am not sure about the sushi burger. I like my burgers and my sushi more traditional.

spiffycookie May 7, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Can totally respect your opinion! If we all liked the same things we wouldn’t have such a diverse array of food genres.

Christie May 7, 2018 - 9:44 am

The rice bun!! OMG that’s awesome!! Definitely gotta try that one.


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