Japajam Burger

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 11 hr 40 min (including chilling sauce overnight)
  • Active: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

Tomato Jam:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

6 plum tomatoes, chopped 

1 yellow onion, chopped 

1/2 teaspoon sea salt 

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 

1/2 cup sugar 

2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest, plus 2 tablespoons lime juice 

2 dried peppers 

1 clove garlic, minced 

1/2 teaspoon cumin 

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 

1/4 teaspoon allspice 

One 16-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes, drained 

Japanese BBQ Sauce:

6 ounces hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar 

1 tablespoon honey 

1 tablespoon Sriracha 

Tempura Beer-Battered Onion Strings:

2 quarts peanut oil, for a deep fryer

1 cup rice flour 

1 tablespoon cornstarch 

Pinch salt 

1 1/2 cups beer 

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional) 

1 yellow onion, julienned 

Burgers:

Unsalted butter, for frying

6 large eggs

2 pounds ground beef, formed into 6 patties 

6 slices jalapeno pepper Jack cheese

6 hamburger buns, split 

Directions

  1. For the tomato jam: Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the plum tomatoes, onion, salt and black pepper cook until the tomatoes are very soft and the onions are translucent, 20 to 30 minutes. Add the sugar, lime zest and juice, dried peppers, garlic, cumin, cinnamon and allspice and simmer for an additional 60 minutes.
  2. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes to the mixture and puree. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. For the Japanese bbq sauce: Whisk together the hoisin sauce, vinegar, honey and Sriracha in a small bowl.
  4. For the onion strings: Heat the peanut oil to a temperature of 180 degrees F., using a high-heat thermometer for accuracy.
  5. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, beer and cayenne if using in a large bowl to make the batter. In batches, dredge the onion in the batter, letting the excess drip off.
  6. Cook the onions in the deep fryer in batches. Make sure you don¿t place too big a batch in the fryer or it will lower the oil temperature. Once the onions have started to brown a little, remove them from the deep fryer and place them onto a plate lined with a paper towel.
  7. For the burgers: Fry the eggs sunny side-up on medium heat with a enough butter to keep the eggs from sticking, depending on the size of your pan and the number of eggs you choose to fry at once. 
  8. Cook the beef patties on a char broiler or grill to the desired temperature. Thirty seconds prior to taking the burgers off the char broiler, lay a piece of cheese on top of each and cover to melt.
  9. Lightly toast the buns on the char broiler. Smear 1 1/2 ounces of the tomato jam on the bottom of each hamburger bun. Place a burger patty on top. Add a fried egg and then some of the onion strings. Drizzle each burger with 1 ounce of the Japanese bbq sauce to finish. Top with the bun tops. Reserve remaining tomato jam and bbq sauce for another use.

Fudge Factor

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine's Day Desserts Feb 6, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

Train Frontman Pat Monahan's Dark Chocolate Obsession Feb 11, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

Train frontman Pat Monahan, an avid chocolate lover, shared with us his top five reasons for eating dark chocolate.

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

How to Chop and Melt Chocolate

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it properly.

Essentials: Chocolate Basics Sep 1, 2016

Satisfy that chocolate craving in your very own kitchen. All you need is baking chocolate and a little know-how. It also helps to …