Larb Burgers

May 29, 2015
Photo by Alpha Smoot
Author Notes

A fun interpretation of the classic Thai salad: Ground chicken is mixed with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, ginger, and shallot, and is then formed into patties. After being cooked, they are wrapped in lettuce leaves, then smothered in an amazing homemade peanut sauce. Burger toppings in the recipe include ripe mango slices, crispy fried shallots, and a shredded cabbage slaw dressed with cilantro, mint, and fresh lime juice. This is one of my family and my favorite summer recipes and is really awesome for barbecues. —Savory Love

  • Makes 6 burgers
  • For the larb burgers:
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves, sliced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • one 1-inch piece ginger or galangal
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 bunch green leaf lettuce
  • For the peanut sauce:
  • 7 ounces coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile paste
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar simple syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
In This Recipe
  1. In a large food processor, pulse the shallot, garlic, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, fish sauce, and ginger or galangal until minced, scraping the sides as needed.
  2. Add chicken and process until the chicken is ground and the aromatics are evenly distributed. Set aside to rest.
  3. In a small skillet, heat coconut milk, peanut butter, fish sauce, chile paste, and palm sugar simple syrup over low heat. Stir constantly until warmed through and it starts to thicken and eventually congeal.
  4. Remove from heat. Gently stir in water until it becomes a smooth paste. Set aside.
  5. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat and coat with oil (or fire up your grill). Form 6 patties from the chicken mixture and cook until done they measure at an internal temperature of 160° F, about 5 to 7 minutes per side. After cooking, let the burgers rest for at least 5 minutes. (Alternatively, freeze the uncooked patties and then defrost however many you need for an easy weeknight dinner.)
  6. Serve the burgers on top of one piece of green leaf lettuce with some peanut sauce drizzled over top. Other fixins I recommend include ripe mango, crispy fried shallots, or a fresh slaw.
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