Burgers with ginger and five spice powder

Burgers with ginger and five spice powder

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 burgers
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 1 kilogram ground beef
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • 1 tablespoon five spice powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons salt (less if you like your burger bland — we don’t!)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg

For the cucumber and pepper relish:

  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 finger chili
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 cucumber
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 12 large mint leaves sliced

For the aioli:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • juice of half a lemon (more, if you like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder


  • Place the ground beef in a bowl.
  • Peel the onion, garlic and ginger. Chop the onion. Finely grate the garlic and ginger.
  • Add the onion, garlic and ginger to the ground beef.
  • Next, add the salt, pepper and five spice powder. Add the egg.
  • Mix everything thoroughly. By hand is best so you can feel if the texture is uniform.
  • Form into 6 to 8 patties. Separate each with a piece of wax (baking) paper and keep in the fridge for at least an hour to allow the flavors to develop and infuse.
  • Meanwhile, make cucumber and pepper relish.
  • Cucumber and pepper relish
  • Finely slice the finger chili, chop the bell pepper and onion.
  • Cut the cucumber in half vertically, then each half into quarters. Cut off the seeds because that’s the part that contains a lot of water and you don’t want the relish to turn soupy. Cut the cucumber strips into small cubes.
  • Cucumber and pepper relish
  • Heat the cooking oil. Add the coriander seeds and onion and cook gently, over medium heat, until the onion pieces are translucent.
  • Add the finger chili and bell pepper. Cook for a minute, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the cucumbers. Cook, uncovered, for about five minutes.
  • Season with salt, black pepper, lemon juice and sugar. Stir. Add the mint leaves. Stir. Turn off the heat and cool.
  • Burgers with ginger and five spice powder
  • Grill, broil or pan fry your burgers. And don’t forget to toast the burger buns too.
  • While the burgers cook, prepare the aioli. Aioli is really flavored mayo although some cooks like to categorize it as a distinct garlic emulsion. Probably because aioli always includes garlic among the ingredients and classic aioli is made without egg yolks. You can prepare the emulsion called aioli the traditional way or you can use mayo like I did.
  • Place the mayo in a bowl, add the five spice powder and lemon juice.
  • Whisk until smooth.
  • Burgers with ginger and five spice powder
  • Spread some aioli on the bottom half of the bun.
  • Top with slices of tomatoes.
  • Burgers with ginger and five spice powder
  • Arrange the burger on top of the tomatoes. Garnish the burgers with ginger and five spice powder with cucumber and pepper relish. Serve at once.