Last night I made Thai burgers – and while the first time didn’t turn out so hot, these were spectacular! I used crunchy peanut butter this time, because Josh was so weirded out by the flavor of peanut butter last time. The crunch definitely helped, but you didn’t want to look at the burgers, as they looked sort of vile.

But! Close your eyes and eat up, because they were so good!

I mixed up 1 lb of hamburger and 3 slices of bread with, oh, about a 1/4 cup of crunchy peanut butter. (2-3 scoops with a normal spoon, until everything looked pretty sticky). Peanut butter is sticky! This will not be pleasant, sorry. Anyway, so I mushed and smushed and added 2 teaspoons of ground ginger and a teaspoon of hot chili powder. Mush and smoosh some more, and then make a little bowl in the meat, to which you add 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Yum! Mush, smoosh, and work into 8 patties. Put these in the refrigerator to think about what they’ve done. 

Anyway, so now you work on the peanut sauce. Saute 2 tablespoons of garlic in 4 tsp of oil. No, that’s not a typo. It’s a lot of garlic. Put every last bit in, or you will regret it! Also add to the oil 1/2 a teaspoon of that chili powder. Now, before you put that on the heat, measure out 1/3 a cup of peanut butter. Kay, now put the oil on the heat. Saute until everything smells good – 45 seconds on high. (Sounds like microwave directions, doesn’t it?) Then quickly add the peanut butter and stir, before the garlic burns. Add 2 tablespoons each vinegar and sugar, and stir the nasty out of it. After a good 2 minutes of stirring and heating, your nasal passages should return to the vicinity (mine always exit whenever I heat vinegar), and then add 2/3 c of water and 1/3 c of coconut milk. If you like coconut more than me, add less water and more milk. Just no more than 1 cup of liquid here, please. Stir this in, and then just leave it to simmer for 10 minutes. Done!

The burgers you gave your griller should be grilled now. Toss them on buns, cover with the peanut sauce (which is also good to dip chicken in, or as salad dressing), and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!