Recipe for Thai Burgers With Mint Cucumber Relish


1 lb lean ground beef
1 tablespoon lemon grass, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
2 teaspoon thai fish sauce or soy sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
1/2 teaspoon hot oriental chili paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 english cucumber (or regular), chop; ped
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon thai fish sauce or soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar (use much less, use none actu; ally)


Combine burger stuff, shape into 4-6 burgers. Drain chopped cucumber; mix in remaining ingredients; reserve.

Just before serving, heat grill and brush with oil. Cook burgers and 4 minutes per side, turning once.

Makes 4-6 servings.

(If lemon grass is very dry, soak 20 minutes before using. If you cannot find lemon grass, use 1 tsp. grated lemon peel.)

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