If you like Korean style beef, you will like this one as well. This lip smacking delicious beef dish is called Tteok-galbi (떡갈비). 

Making an authentic tteok-galbi can be labor-intensive. It is made with beef rib meat. You take the meat off the ribs, dice and chop into tiny pieces with a knife, and then add all the seasoning. Then you will need to knead them as if you would knead bread dough. Now, that is quite a bit of work, but kneading makes the patties very tender and pleasant to chew. I have posted a Tteok-galbi recipe a long time ago in my blog post and you can see how it is made.

Korean Beef Patties

However, I wanted to simplify the cooking method so that we can all enjoy the goodness of Korean beef without sacrificing our elbow grease. I also used everyday ground beef instead of the expensive rib meat so that we don't have to burden our grocery budget to enjoy flavors from Korea, right?

This is an easy version of the delicious Korean tteok-galbi recipe and I DO hope you can try this at home. Because it is easy, delicious, and especially, your kids will flip over this. The only thing I am concerned is that you will need a mixer to get the texture of the beef right. 

Don't have a mixer? Hmmmm.....

Well, you will just have to use the most divine kitchen tool you own — Your hand!  You will have to knead it yourself. Call it a workout of the day!

First, saute chopped onion and garlic in a little bit of oil with a pinch of salt until soft, about 2 minutes.

Put your everyday ground beef, the sauteed onion and garlic, pureed ginger, sugar, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and sweet rice flour (or all-purpose flour).

For the choice of ground beef, I recommend to use 80-85% beef instead of very lean kind so that your patties won't be so dry.

Mix everything for 6-7 minutes on medium speed. This will help the beef to develop the stickiness and chewy texture.

If your are kneading by hand, you need to knead it for at least 10 minutes. 15 minutes is even better.

Form into patties. Any size you desire. Mine is about 2-inch in diameter.

Heat a tiny bit of oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and brown the patties slowly until they are fully cooked, about 5 minutes on each side.

You will need to adjust the heat so that it won't burn the surface. Cook a few patties at a time without crowding them so much.

Meanwhile, mix soy sauce, honey and sesame oil in a small bowl

When the entire batches of patties are cooked, return them all to the skillet. Pour the glazing sauce over the beef. The sauce will sizzle and thickens slightly. Remove the skillet from the heat

Coat the patties with the glaze in the skillet using a brush, or toss the patties gently in the glaze.



Place the patties on a serving platter and sprinkle finely chopped pine nuts or walnuts on top. Please don't skip on the nuts. They don't only make your dish look elegant but also bring a wonderful nutty flavor and texture that tteok-galbi needs.

Kroean Beef Patties

So how do you think? Is this something you can make yourself? Not so difficult, right? 

And look how elegant they present? This can be great to serve to your guests as well. Serve with rice and some vegetable side dish (Kimchi is great to serve with, of course), and wait for the comments coming out of their mouth. 

Korean food made simple.... if you are interested in home-style Korean recipes, please visit my site, Beyond Kimchee, for more ideas!

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Korean Beef Patties (Tteok-galbi)

serves 4

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20 or 85/15)
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoon sweet rice flour or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pureed ginger
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dashes pepper
  • a little bit of oil to cook
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped pine nuts or walnuts

For the glaze:

  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions:

  1. Saute onion and garlic in 2 teaspoonful of oil with a pinch of salt until soft, about 2 minutes.
  2. Put the ground beef, onion mixture, sugar, rice flour, ginger, soy sauce, salt, and pepper in a mixer. Using a paddle attachment over medium speed, beat everything for 6-7 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Form into patties to your desired size, 2 inch in diameter is recommended.
  4. Heat a little amount of oil on a skillet over medium-low heat, add the patties,  a few pieces at a time, brown them until they are fully cooked, about 5 minutes on each side. You will need to adjust the heat so that it doesn't burn. Cook in a few batches.
  5. Meanwhile combine all the glaze ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and mix well.
  6. When all the batches of patties are cooked, return them all to the skillet. Pour the glaze over the patties and remove the skillet from the heat. The glaze will sizzle and thickens slightly. Coat the patties with the glaze in the skillet using a brush or toss them carefully to coat them evenly. 
  7. Place the patties on a serving platter and sprinkle with finely chopped nut on top.
  8. Serve warm with rice and vegetable side dishes.

Here are some other beef recipes you might like! Click the images below to see the recipes.

LA Galbi  Gochujang Sloppy Joes   Sweet and Sour Beef