Umami Burger

Umami Burger

This Umami Burger is filled with flavor but simple to make. Charred chiles, garlic aioli & soy sauce bring these grilled burgers to the next level!

Umami is often described as “the fifth taste” – Not distinctly sweet, sour, bitter or salty – It’s rounded, deep and savory and is said to enhance the foods that it is combined with, making the flavors richer and more intense. This Umami Burger, though simple in ingredients, is just a flavor bomb – It definitely highlights that umami flavor. It’s rich, creamy, salty, sweet, spicy AND savory – all in ONE! It’s hard to describe – All I know is I LIKE IT! Definitely my favorite burger of all time!

There’s nothing crazy going on here – It’s simple really. The burger patties are seasoned with just a bit of salt and grilled. But, to amp up that umami a bit more, we’re going to sprinkle them with tamari during the cooking process. This keeps the burgers extra moist and gives them a great savory flavor. Yum! Top the burgers with a slice of cheese during the last minute of grill time – mmm, melty goodness!

The Umami Burgers are topped with Anaheim and poblano peppers which have been charred, skinned, and seasoned with a bit of salt. They’re super flavorful and smoky with a bit of sweetness and not too much heat. Also added to the mix is a garlic aioli of sorts (really, it’s just garlic mayo).

To serve it all up we’re bunning it up on a – wait for it… King’s Hawaiian Roll. Yep – This makes me SO happy! The bit of sweetness in the rolls is SO AMAZING with the heat from those peppers and the garlicky spread. Umami squared – for reals.

Memorial Day is NEXT WEEKEND – And for some reason, the holiday is associated with backyard BBQs. I strongly suggest pulling out the Weber and grilling up these Umami Burgers! (They’d be super festive with these flag toothpicks!) Pair them with some ice cold beer or a great rosé wine and you’ll be doing a happy dance! We’ll be headed up to Seattle for the holiday. I can’t wait to visit the market, try some new restaurants and hang out with good friends. Plus, I’m just SO ready for a three-day weekend!!! I hope you all have Memorial Day weekend plans as well. PS – If I haven’t mentioned it before, it should include these Umami Burgers … Just sayin’.

Umami Burger

Umami Burger Recipe

Umami Burger

Umami Burger

Course: Burger
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger on hawaiian roll, burger with chiles
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 769 kcal
Author: Erin @ Platings & Pairings
This Umami Burger is filled with flavor but simple to make. Charred chiles, garlic aioli & soy sauce bring these grilled burgers to the next level!


  • 2 poblano chiles
  • 2 Anaheim chiles
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 4 King’s Hawaiian burger or sandwich rolls
  • 6 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese


  1. Heat a grill or grill pan to high. Char the chiles, turning as needed, until blackened on all sides, about 10 minutes. Place in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. The steam will help the peels come off more easily. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Once the peppers are cool enough to handle, use your fingers to rub off the charred peel. I like to do this over the sink. Make a slice into the side of the chile and cut away and discard the stem, seeds, and veins. Finely chop the chiles. Put in a medium bowl and season with ¼ tsp. salt.

  2. Mix the mayonnaise with the garlic in another medium bowl.
  3. Season the ground beef with remaining ½ tsp. salt in a large bowl and combine. Divide into 4 portions and form ½ inch thick patties. Use your thumb to create a dimple in the center of each burger. This helps avoid “burger bulge”.
  4. Preheat your grill or griddle to medium (350° to 450°). Grill the burgers, turning once and sprinkling with about ½ tsp. tamari on each burger side. The burgers should cook in approximately 7-8 minutes, for medium. During the last minute, lay a slice of cheese on each burger, to melt it.
  5. Meanwhile, brush melted butter on the cut sides of the rolls and toast on grill or griddle, about 2 minutes.
  6. Spread garlic mayonnaise on each side of the rolls. Add burgers and top with chile mixture.

Recipe Notes

When forming your burger patties, make a dimple in the middle. This prevents your burger from bulging up in the middle and keeps it nice and flat.

Nutrition Facts
Umami Burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 769 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 71%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 1833mg 76%
Potassium 795mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 50g 100%
Vitamin A 12.6%
Vitamin C 62.1%
Calcium 28.4%
Iron 36.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you loved this Umami Burger recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished burger and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Wine Pairings for Umami Burgers:

  • Beer and BBQ burgers just go together – You know? Pick your favorite and crack a bottle – Ice cold please.
  • Rosé wine is another great option – The bright acidity will cut through the richness and its got just enough body to make it an excellent match for this burger.

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  1. Lily Lau

    Can’t wait to try your burger, I love the ingredients you’ve chosen, you creative! 🙂


  2. Adam

    This looks great, I love fusion recipes. It has got the wheels turning for my own spin on an umami burger.


    1. Erin

      Thanks Adam! Can’t wait to see your spin on things!!!


  3. Susie

    I’m making these for my Dad’s Day BBQ tomorrow. Looks and sounds delicious!


    1. Erin

      Great idea! I’d love to hear how everyone enjoys them!


  4. Renee

    I seriously need to make this burger! It looks so amazingly delicious! Pinned 🙂


  5. Heather Kinnaird

    now this is a burger! perfect for this upcoming holiday weekend for sure


    1. Erin

      Thanks Heather – I hope you have a fabulous Fourth of July and get to nosh on lots of yummy burgers!


  6. Tina

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your rosé recommendation. I just got a shipment from Home Chef and one of the dishes was an Umami burger with sweet potato fries. I was thinking I’d just have a beer, but when I saw your wine suggestion – well, it must have been kismet, but my online wine club shipment arrived today and there was a DARLING rosé in the box. And it worked to perfection. The wine is a 2015 Secret Identity Dry Rosé which I’ve never had before, but if I could get hold of it again I would. WOW! Perfect for a hot summer night. Anyway, thanks for the Rosé suggestion and the inspiration.


    1. Erin

      I’m so glad that you loved the pairing Tina! I’m a huge fan of rosé wine for its ability to pair with so many different dishes 🙂 Here are some great ones to try that come in under $10!


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