Great American Umami Cheeseburger

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I recently took a cooking class and made a very flavorful sauce that had a sweet and salty flavor that can only be described as umami. I decided to try to take the sauce to the next level by making it marinade for a cheeseburger. With the cheese and meat flavors, this recipe hits all the flavors of the tongue: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and most definitely, umami.


Recently, I took a shopping trip to Walmart to search for items to complete the ultimate umami cheeseburger. I was able to get everything on my shopping list. The prices were unbelievable. I had a blast exploring the the sauces and cheese isles.

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Cheeseburger Marinade Ingredients

6 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons Miso Paste
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon molasses
2 tablespoons spicy rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sriracha

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Toppings Ingredients

1 cup ketchup
6 sesame hamburger buns
6 Kraft Slices
2 pounds ground lean ground chuck
1 red onion
1 large tomato

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Spicy Mayo Ingredients

6 tablespoons Kraft Light Mayo
3 teaspoons sriracha


1. Whisk together 6 tablespoons dark soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, 3 tablespoons Miso Paste, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon molasses, 2 tablespoons of spicy rice wine vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon sriracha.

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2. Pour the entire sauce slowly onto 2 pounds of ground lean chuck folding it into the meat.

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3. Mix the remainder in the sauce mixing bowl with 1 cup of ketchup and refrigerate to use on the cheeseburger later.

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4. Make the hamburger meat into patties.
5. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.

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6. Lay the hamburger on a rack or the oven rack in the center of the oven.
7. Put below the rack with the burgers with a pan or cookie sheet lined with foil and a layer of salt to soak up the fat drippings.
8. Mix together 6 tablespoons Kraft Light Mayo and 3 teaspoons sriracha to make spicy mayo.

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9. Set the timer to cook the burgers on medium for 12 minutes. For medium rare: 10 minutes.

10. After the timer sounds, put Kraft Singles on each hamburger. I took my marinade to the next level with the addition of American Cheese Kraft Singles. They melt so wonderfully and make the cheeseburger a picture of perfection.

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11. Slice red onions and tomatoes to garnish.

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12. Use a butter knife to spread spicy mayo on inside of the top of each bun. If you do not like spicy flavors, just spread Kraft Mayo on the bun.

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13. Use a butter knife to spread mixed ketchup on the inside of the bottom of each bun.
14. Serve with french fries under the burger for an awesome presentation.

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33 thoughts on “Great American Umami Cheeseburger”

  1. Oh i saw this on pinterest this morning; and been dreaming about it ever since! It seriously looks delicious! I want to taste it right now!

  2. That’s the exact mayonnaise that we use. You really can’t tell that it’s light at all. Your hamburger looks really amazing!

  3. You recipe sounds so delicious I think I will even try it as a salad dressing. Hamburgers are one of our favorite meals, especially during the summer. This recipe will give us what we love with a new flavor twist. Thanks.

  4. That looks delicious! We love cooking burgers and we are always looking for ways to spice them up! This is such a great way to do just that!

  5. I will admit that I am not a huge burger fan, but every now and then one catches my eye and I crave it… yours has officially caught my eye and I am now in the need of THIS burger! Thanks for sharing

  6. that absolutely sounds like a crazy good sauce or marinade! And wow never thought to do the burgers like that in the oven! have to try this!

  7. Sounds tasty… please please please tell anyone you make this burger for that there is peanut butter in it. Especially if bringing to a party or BBQ. It’s an unexpected format for a major food allergen, which can be a lethal combo.


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