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Chicken Satay Burger with Peanut Sauce

This Chicken Satay Burger combines all the flavors of Chicken Satay in a yummy burger. Juicy chicken burgers topped with as-spicy-as-you-like peanut sauce and quick pickled veggies for crunch. 

chicken satay burger with peanut sauce on a plateWhenever we have a summer party chicken satay skewers with spicy peanut sauce is on the menu–mostly because we’re all obsessed with peanut sauce, and my husband makes a pretty mean peanut sauce.

I recorded the recipe by following along and measuring the ingredients as he made a batch of his famous peanut sauce.

He usually makes it a little hotter, so feel free to amp up the chili paste or even add fresh chopped chiles if you’re a chile-head like he is.

a bowl of peanut sauce

Tips for making amazing Chicken Stay Burgers with Peanut Sauce:

  • There are some specialty ingredients used in this dish, but I have given alternatives when possible. If you like Asian food I think it’s worth buying the ingredients. But the alternatives will work in the dish.
  • I made the burgers using boneless, skinless chicken thighs that I ground myself using the food grinder attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer.
  • I used thighs because they’re more flavorful than chicken breasts and the higher fat content is a good thing in a burger.
  • If you don’t have a food grinder or food processor available you could buy pre-ground chicken meat from the market.
  • If your pre-ground meat is very lean and you want a richer burger you can add a little melted butter to the burger mix, a teaspoon or two for 2 pounds of ground meat.
  • The pickled slaw was inspired by one of my favorite Indonesian dishes, atjar tjampoer. The pickled veggies add a needed crunch and freshness to the burger.
  • The only thing that can make this burger even better is to put it on homemade Burger Buns or if you’ve got a Sourdough Starter make these Sourdough Burger Buns.

chicken satay burger with peanut sauce on a plate

chicken satay burger with peanut sauce on a bun

After I grilled and photographed the test burger we portioned it out and tasted it. Nothing but nodding heads and “mmmms” all around.

This recipe is now on regular summer rotation at our house. I hope it will be at your house as well.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I would really appreciate a 5-star review.

Chicken Satay Burgers with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay Burgers with Peanut Sauce

Yield: 6 burgers
Prep Time: 1 hour
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes

Juicy chicken burgers topped with as-spicy-as-you-like peanut sauce and quick pickled veggies for crunch. This Chicken Satay Burger with Peanut Sauce combines all the flavors of Chicken Satay in a yummy burger.

Ingredients

Peanut Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled & minced
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon trassi or 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 heaping tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 5 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon ketjap manis (Sweet Soy Sauce) (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (or to taste)

Pickled Vegetables

  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into 2" matchsticks
  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 2" matchsticks
  • 1 large carrot peeled and cut into 2" matchsticks
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Chicken Satay Burgers

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, ground coarsely with meat grinder or food processor (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon sambal Oelek chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon Ketjap Manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 hamburger buns

Instructions

Make the Peanut Sauce

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, Add the onions, garlic, ginger and saute until softened, Add the sambal and saute 1 minute. Add the trassi and saute 1 minute. Add the peanut butter and saute 1 minute,
  2. Add the sweet soy sauce, coconut milk and heavy cream and brown sugar. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Make the Pickled Vegetables

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate at least 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Make the Chicken Satay Burgers

  1. Combine the chicken, sweet soy sauce, sambal, salt and bread crumbs.
  2. Form into 6 patties. Refrigerate at least 1-2 hours before grilling.
  3. Grill over medium-high flame until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. The burger should feel firm when pressed in the middle.
  4. To assemble the burgers put a dollop of peanut sauce on the top and bottom of the bun, put the burger on the bun and another dollop of peanut sauce on the burger. Top the burger with a pile of pickled veggies. Enjoy!

Notes

If you buy pre-ground chicken meat check the fat percentage on the label. If the fat percent is less than 8-10% you can add a teaspoon or two of melted butter to the ground meat to enrich the burger.

In place of sweet soy you can use regular soy sauce and increase brown sugar to 2 tablespoons or to taste.

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Agness of Run Agness Run

Monday 6th of February 2017

I'm on a diet and I am trying to avoid burgers, but this one looks so delicious. Can't wait to taste the peanut sause, Eileen!

Eileen Gray

Monday 6th of February 2017

It's soooooo good Agness. The burger by itself isn't so bad, but the peanut sauce is pretty decadent. Totally worth the calories when you're ready for a cheat day.

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina

Friday 5th of August 2016

Thanks for the Google + friendship add, Eileen. I've also added you too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the Peach Caprese Salad with Balsamic Syrup. I absolutely love these spicy peanut sauce burgers! Thai influence recipes are one of my all time faves! Pinning! Happy Summer, Roz

Eileen Gray

Friday 5th of August 2016

Thanks, Roz. I always enjoy your recipes.

Caroline

Friday 29th of July 2016

I love chicken satay - what a fun idea to make it in burger form!

Eileen Gray

Friday 29th of July 2016

Thanks, Caroline. If you love chicken satay you'll love this burger.

Patti

Thursday 28th of July 2016

Hi Eileen,

Definitely want to try this one. We love sesame noodles because of the spicy peanut sauce and the slaw would be great too.

Eileen Gray

Thursday 28th of July 2016

Thanks, Patti! I love anything with peanut sauce.

Denise Wright

Thursday 28th of July 2016

What a great recipe! I'm trying to learn about more Asian cuisines but it's kind of hard to get the right flavors. Love the idea of the crunchy veggie too!

Eileen Gray

Thursday 28th of July 2016

Thanks, Denise. I think using the right ingredients does help.