Recipe: The King’s Burger (Tteokgalbi)

Recipe by Sangok Lee for Neoflam

The King’s Burger with Neoflam Grill Pan

Ever wanted to eat like a King? Now is your chance! Literally. Tteokgalbi is the traditional Korean version of a meat patty, or what we would simply call a burger. In times of old, royal chefs were charged with serving the King his favorite meal: beef ribs. However, the King could not be seen eating like a barbarian — tearing meat from bone. So these ingenious cooks decided to take the meat off the bone, mince it into pieces, marinade it, and form it back onto the rib so it could be eaten with grace.

Oh the life of luxury.

Unbeknownst to us, we Americans have been enjoying this royal delicacy for generations. Enjoy this Asian spin on an American staple. We give to you… [cue royal trumpets] … The King’s Burger.

[Note] This recipe makes slider sized meat patties. If you want to make it an American style burger, we suggest doubling the recipe and adding your favorite bun/condiments.

Serves: 4-6
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients (Burger Patty)

  • 1 Pound of Beef Rib Meat (can subsitute with ground beef)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • [Optional] 4 King Oyster Mushrooms (sliced thin)
  • [Optional] 1/2 Cup of Pine Nuts (finely chopped)

Ingredients (Marinade)

  • 4 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Starch Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Ground Sesame Seeds
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  1. If you are using rib meat, make sure it is finely minced. You can also ask your butcher to grind the meat for you. If you are using ground beef, you are set to go!
  2. Stir marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add meat to the large bowl and mix well. Form into patties. [Optional: place a slice of King Oyster in the middle of each patty]
  3. Preheat grill pan. Grill patties with a little bit of sesame/vegetable oil. Cook to desired temperature. [Optional: top with pine nuts]
  4. Serve with your favorite grilled vegetables.
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