Vegan Katsu Burger

This vegan “burger” is packed full of flavor. The soft, creamy texture of the eggplant complements the crunchy panko breading. Kimchi Mayo lends a spicy bite to this veggie burger.

Vegan Eggplant Katsu Burger with Kimchi

A vegan "burger" full of bold flavor from Seoul Kimchi Mayo and topped with Seoul Kimchi.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes


  • 2 medium globe eggplants cut into 1” thick slices
  • 1 tbsp fine sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Lucky Foods Kimchi Mayo
  • 2 cups panko
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup preferred vegetable oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1/4 cup Lucky Foods Kalbi Sauce
  • 1 cups green cabbage  very finely shredded
  • 1 cup Lucky Foods Vegan Original Kimchi


  • In a colander toss eggplant with salt and let sit 30 minutes. Rinse eggplant well and pat dry.
  • Place flour in a wide, shallow bowl. In a second wide, shallow bowl, add 1 cup mayo. In a third, combine panko and sesame seeds. Dredge eggplant slices in flour, then coat lightly in mayo, and dredge in panko mixture. Set on a sheet pan.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot, fry eggplant in batches, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Do not crowd the pan. If needed, wipe out the skillet, add fresh oil, and continue frying.
  • Spread buns with remaining 1⁄4 cup mayo and top with fried eggplant slices. Drizzle eggplant with Kalbi sauce and top with cabbage and kimchi. 

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