Fire up the BBQ with this Black Sesame Chicken Burger recipe

As the weather heats up and the back garden barbecues begin anew, try this Asian-inspired take on the American classic – a big, juicy burger

A black chicken burger sits on a table with a blue cloth
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Summertime is almost upon us and as lockdown rules are still in full swing across most of the globe, those of us who are lucky to have an outdoor space are turning our minds to al-fresco dining. What better to celebrate the warmer weather than firing-up the barbecue with this burger recipe with an Asian twist.

A black chicken burger sits on a table with a blue cloth

(Image credit: TBC)

Black Sesame Chicken Burgers


On a chopping board, slice 1 large skinless chicken breast horizontally and diagonally, across the grain of the fibres, into four flat slices.

Whisk an egg white with ½ tsp salt in a bowl until frothy. Sprinkle ½ cup sesame seeds over a plate.

Dip each piece of chicken in the egg, shake off the excess, then lay it over the sesame seeds to coat both sides.

Put a frying pan (or grill) over a medium flame and add a thin layer of vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, cook the chicken pieces for about 8 minutes, turning once, until cooked through and crisp.

Serve in toasted burger buns with lettuce and tomato slices.


Recipe by Melina Keays, Entertaining Director

Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms