Tongue-tingling (Mala) grilled chicken burger

Tongue-tingling (Mala) grilled chicken burger

Our Mala Grilled Chicken Burger is a hot, umami-rich delight that will leave your taste buds tingling. With Sichuan peppercorns providing a gentle, subtle numbing sensation, each bite offers a captivating contrast of savoury, sweet, spicy, and salty flavors. The crispy exterior and juicy, flavourful grilled chicken thigh create a perfect texture combination.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, BBQ, Chinese, Japanese
Servings 5


  • 1 Lidded BBQ


  • 8 whole skin-on & deboned chicken thighs you could use chicken breast
  • ½ tsp salt per kg for the dry brine
  • 8 brioche burger buns or the buns of your choice

Dry rub

  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • tsp fennel seeds crushed in a pestle and morter
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp red chilli flakes
  • tsp sichuan peppercorns crushed in a pestle and morter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise for binding the dry rub onto the chicken

Burger toppings

  • tsp crispy chilli oil per burger. See the recipe on the blog. The recipe link can also be found at the end of this post
  • 8 slices American (plastic) cheese
  • 8 tsbp mayonnaise
  • Green leaf batavia lettuce leaves or the buns of your choice



Crispy Chilli oil recipe can be found here:
Keyword BBQ, chicken burger, Mala grilled chicken burger, sichaun pepper

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