Ultimate Sriracha Burger

Ultimate Sriracha Burger
Leo Gong


  • 3 pounds ground beef (preferably chuck, 80/20)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 10 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 3/4 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 8 sesame seed buns
  • 8 thick slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, sliced
  • Arugula or romaine lettuce

In finding a drink pairing for something like the Ultimate Sriracha Burger, you've got a lot going on. Smoky notes from the bacon, the oh-so-lovely Sriracha kick, sweet caramelized onions, and the unmistakably delicious funk of blue cheese... you're up against a flavor monster. No wine could even begin to handle this. Beer, however, can gladly step up to the plate. 

This burger practically begs for a Black IPA, a style of beer that's massively hoppy (which will accentuate Sriracha's heat) but also utilizes dark roasted malts (which will play off of the onions, bacon, and blue cheese). And if I may go a step further, I'd go so far as to recommend one in particular: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I work for Stone Brewing Co., but that's not why I'm recommending it. I'm recommending it because it's the best Black IPA out on the market. Hands down. And it tastes incredible with this burger!)

Adapted from "The Sriracha Cookbook" by Randy Clemens. 


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In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, soy sauce, 5 tablespoons of the Sriracha, and the pepper. Do not overmix. Form the mixture into 8 patties, and set aside, on a parchment-lined baking sheet, covered, in the refrigerator.

Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat.

In a medium frying pan over medium-low heat, cook the bacon, turning as necessary. While the bacon is cooking, peel and quarter the onions. Cut each section into ¼-inch slices. Once the bacon is cooked through and slightly crispy, remove the slices from the pan, cut each in half crosswise, and drain onto paper towels, reserving the remaining bacon fat in the pan. Cook the sliced onions in the bacon fat over medium-low heat until they caramelize, 20-25 minutes.

Grill the burgers, turning once, 4-4½ minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer registers 130-135 degrees for medium-rare.

While the burgers are cooking, in a small bowl, combine the blue cheese dressing with the remaining 5 tablespoons Sriracha. Lightly toast the buns on the grill during the last minute of cooking time.

To assemble, spread the blue cheese mixture on both halves of each hamburger bun. Stack a burger patty, Swiss cheese slice, bacon, caramelized onions, tomato slice, and a small handful of arugula between each hamburger bun.

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Reprinted with permission from The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 “Rooster Sauce” Recipes That Pack a Punch by Randy Clemens, copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.


Calories per serving:

852 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 488g 751%
  • Carbs 238g 79%
  • Saturated 177g 885%
  • Fiber 19g 76%
  • Trans 19g
  • Sugars 54g
  • Monounsaturated 185g
  • Polyunsaturated 73g
  • Protein 351g 702%
  • Cholesterol 1,306mg 435%
  • Sodium 6,370mg 265%
  • Calcium 2,808mg 281%
  • Magnesium 509mg 127%
  • Potassium 5,869mg 168%
  • Iron 42mg 232%
  • Zinc 72mg 483%
  • Phosphorus 4,247mg 607%
  • Vitamin A 1,500µg 167%
  • Vitamin C 146mg 244%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 230%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 4mg 230%
  • Niacin (B3) 81mg 406%
  • Vitamin B6 6mg 296%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 588µg 147%
  • Vitamin B12 38µg 639%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 69%
  • Vitamin K 240µg 299%
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