Chef Uno’s Chino Wonton Burger

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Chef Uno's Chino Wonton Burger

Reasons we love Chef Uno: She’s able to take the concept of a Wonton, with ingredients like cilantro and garlic, and translate it into something completely unexpected. A cheesy, juicy burger that’s also very Wonton like.

The recipe’s below, but watch to see how it all comes together. Catch up with Chef Uno on Twitter and Facebook, and go visit her restaurant Chino Chinatown.


Chino Wonton Burger

16         ounces        ground  beef
5           ounces        ground short rib
1/4        cup             sliced green scallions
1/4        cup             chopped cilantro
1           tablespoon   minced garlic
1           tablespoon   minced ginger
1           teaspoon      salt
1/2        teaspoon      ground black pepper

Caramelized Onions
1           cup              sliced white onion
1           tablespoon   olive oil
1           teaspoon      sugar
1/2        teaspoon      salt


1/2       cup               Oaxaca cheese
1          cup               fried wontons
1          head             romaine lettuce
1          whole            sliced tomatoes
1/4       cup               sriracha ketchup
4                              Kaiser buns, toasted with butter


Start by making the caramelized onions. Heat a medium saute pan and coat with olive oil until it starts to bubble. Then add the onions in an even layer and sprinkle with sugar and salt.  Cook until onions become transparent and reduce to low heat and look for another 30 minutes or one hour.


In a medium mixing bowl, add ground beef, short rib, cilantro, scallions, cilantro, garlic and ginger.  Lightly mix until combined but DON’T over mix. Measure out 2.5 ounce portions (8 total patties). Take one patty, add a tablespoon of caramelized onions and cheese and top with another patty and seal the edges. Complete the rest of the patties and refrigerate for 1 hour up to overnight.

Heat skillet to medium high heat. Season each patty with salt and pepper and place on skillet. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, once flipped for the third time, place a lid and allow to steam for another minute. Remove and allow meat to rest before assembling.

To assemble, toast the bun, place a patty, sriracha ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, fried wonton strips and top bun.