Thai Fusion Burger and Burger Chain Restaurants in the World

Happy National Burger Day! 


We love Thai food and when we found a burger patty that was inspired by Thai cuisine at Trader Joe’s frozen food aisle, we were so excited. As we looked at the ingredients list, we also found out it’s vegan friendly so the packet was sucked into our shopping basket in a snap. 


I like to make fusion food which has a nice exotic touch into it…because in that way, I can try new flavors and that might be my next favorite. 


Feeling like Thai fusion burgers now? Let’s see how I made it!


<Today’s Recipe>

Thai Fusion Burger

thai fusion burger


  • 2 patties of Thai fusion burger patties from Trader Joe’s
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup daikon radish – finely shredded
  • 1 medium carrot – finely shredded
  • ¼ cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • Some leafy lettuce
  • Some slices of tomatoes



  1. Marinate daikon and carrot with vinegar, sugar, and salt. Let it sit for about 2hrs or if possible, overnight.
  2. Cook burger patty. Pour olive oil in a pan and bring it to medium high heat. Place the patty when the pan is hot and cook for about 3~5 min. Flip over and cook for another minute.
  3. Build a burger and open your mouth biiiiig to gobble up!!


<Cooking Tips>

When you place marinated daikon and carrot on the burger, remove excessive liquid well to avoid the burger from getting soggy. 

thai fusion burger

That was amazing! Perfect way to celebrate National Burger Day and realizing  we love Thai flavored food!! 


Have you tried fusion burgers? If so, what kind of fusion burger was it?


<Ingredients Memo>

thai veggie burger from Trader Joe's

The burger patty I used: Thai Sweet Chili Veggie Burger from Trader Joe’s frozen food section

Contains: 4 patties. Each is individually packed like the picture above. 

Main ingredients: Cooked brown rice, carrots, cooked black rice, soy protein, canola oil, potato flakes, onion, water chestnuts, broccoli, red pepper, wheat gluten, sweet chili sauce etc…


Compared to other plant based burger patties, it has a variety of veggies and the main ingredient is rice! Isn’t it interesting that patties are made with rice? I think it was my first time trying a burger patty made of rice. As a result of lots of veggies and rice, the texture was fun. 


<Let’s Talk about Burgers from Burger Chains in the World>

Probably the most famous burger restaurant is McDonald’s. Even though it’s an American food chain, I grew up eating their burgers and fries…yes, McDonald’s are everywhere (and I still believe they make the BEST fries in the world!) 


Can you guess what Japanese McDonald’s speciality is? Well, Japanese McDonald’s always have seasonal speciality, but If you guess it’s a teriyaki burger, no, I don’t think so…it should be a shrimp filet burger! The patty is made with shrimp chunks and coated with panko crumbs. You’ll be amazed how the texture is fun and tasty with seafood patties! 


Oh by the way, if you visit Japan and want to order some fries, don’t call it “fries” because we never get what you’re talking about. We simply call fries “potato”… and the pronunciation is tricky here. We say “po-te-to,” not “po-tei-to-os.” Don’t worry about countable/uncountable, potato is always potato, no matter what size, how many of each packet they include! Now repeat after me…


 “Potato kudasai(give me)!”


Another burger chain I recommend is called “First Kitchen” located around the Tokyo area. Why I like this burger chain is that they serve great crunchy chicken burgers AND pasta. Especially they have cod roe pasta(明太子パスタ. Shown in the final pic of the page)which is popular Japanese fusion pasta dish, so I think this is a great place to try Japanese flavor with reasonable price too. 


Just be ready to hear strange words when you eat in this burger chain. We as Japanese like to shorten names, and “FIrst KItchN” is…well, sounds just like an English cursing word. So you’ll probably hear some teenagers talking through their phone like “Hey, I’m in Fxxckin,’ do you wanna come?”  Don’t worry, they’re just calling the restaurant name, not cursing around…but would it be a reason to avoid this place especially if you have kids? They probably should change the store name based on the fact that what people call their store name, but well, the food tastes great! 


And some of you here may chime in for the topic of burger chains serving pasta…yes, Jollibee from the Philippines! I only tried their burger/chicken combo a couple of times in LA, but not yet for their pasta. My friend told me Philippine’s “tomato” pasta uses banana ketchup so it’s quite sweet…and my friend always slid topic into how tasty their fried chickens were. Yes I agree, their chickens were so crispy and juicy, but I wonder if their pasta tastes good or…I might feel strange having sweet pasta? Maybe next time I find Jollibee, I’d give it a try at last. It’s a little hard finding Jollibee or even a Filipino restaurant here, so wish me luck!


Now let’s move on to talk about American burger chains. There are so many burger chains out there, and probably one of the most popular burger chains people keep talking about is “In-N-Out” but my personal recommendation is “Islands.” Well they’re not fast food restaurants like I listed up in the above, but If someone asks me to choose a burger chain, my vote goes to Islands. Since they are mostly located in Southern California, their menu has latin vibes and I love it! 


What’s your favorite burger chains/restaurant? Let’s talk about it and enjoy National Burger Day together! 


<Other Homemade Burger Ideas>

The sauce is amazing! Tofu Cilantro Burger

tofu cilantro burger

Ginger gives a nice touch! Ginger Teriyaki Burger

ginger teriyaki tofu burger

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

16 Comments Add yours

  1. aparna12 says:

    Wow. Wow. Wow. This is super yummy delicious. A visual delight. Great way to enjoy a grand delicacy without putting on weight. 😊😊😊♥️♥️♥️😋😋

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you aparna❤️🍔❤️🍔❤️ Enjoy some burger today! Happy Burger Day🎉💕✨


  2. M. Lee Keena says:

    I’m with you on Thai food. It is my favorite because of the bright and spicy flavors. The burger looks good and I noticed you said the texture was “fun” 🤔😁. I am planning a trip to TJs soon and will try them.

    You tried Jolibee? Lucky! We had one near DTLA and I always wanted to try it. My son posted pictures of his lunch he had there a while ago. It looked amazing.

    Happy cooking and eating 😁🍔

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    1. Tanooki says:

      OMG!! I just googled map to check out DTLA and wow…they opened Jollibee there!?!?!?👀✨ The one I tried was located in Eagle Rock! Back then I used to work in DTLA and that Jollibee is located in a couple of blocks where I used to work! I’m like why didn’t they open when I was there!?!?!?🤣

      Looks like they’re expanding the market. Hopefully they open new one near CV too!🙌💕✨

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      1. M. Lee Keena says:

        The one in DTLA opened a year before I moved to the desert. I never got the chance because I was usually on my way home from work and the traffic in that area is ugly 😦 I used to live right by Dodger Stadium near the Jack n the box on Sunset,,,the reason I hardly ever ate at many of the places around that part of the city. Fingers crossed they open one here in CV 🙂

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Oh wait, we might be talking about different one. The one I’m talking about opened 3 months ago! Maybe they moved? Anyways, I totally understand how the traffic could get bad🤣 I only knew about LA before we moved several places later on, but the LA one was the most severe one😂


      3. M. Lee Keena says:

        I see that there are two in DTLA area. The one I am thinking about was the one on Beverly Blvd. The restaurant was near the Vermont intersection. I am planning a trip to LA to see my kids and plan on going to the restaurants and eating food that Hubby doesn’t eat. 🙂 Thank goodness my kids have my tastebuds 😉

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      4. Tanooki says:

        Ohhh really! Wow 2 locations in DTLA sounds they’re so popular👍✨ Have fun in DTLA, with your kids and yummy food (Enjoy them for me too😋)

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  3. Travtrails says:

    A ‘delicious’ post.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you!😊

      Liked by 1 person

  4. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Wonderful and delicious! Love burgers! Now I am hungry!
    Thank’s for share, Tanooki. Have a lovely day!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Elvira, you too!🙌💕✨


      1. elvira797mx says:

        You are welcome, Tanooki


  5. Livia says:

    Your burger looks absolutely delicious! 🤩
    I have to admit that we’ve had “normal – unfusioned” burgers up to now. Probably because we usually prepare all our foods from scratch. All we normally changed was adding sambal sauce instead of ketchup to them, to give them an asian touch. 😁😁

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    1. Tanooki says:

      I heard a lot about Sambal sauce👀✨ People say once you learned how tasty the sambal sauce is, they can’t live without it😆 I think I still haven’t, but willing it to try it (and possibly suffer for strong crave of sambal sauce😌🤣)

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      1. Livia says:

        Oh, yes, what people say is actually true. 🤩 If I imagine that there was a time when I didn‘t know Sambal yet 😁 Nowadays, I can‘t eat Asian food without it anymore. 😆

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