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New York City’s Newest Burger has a Bun Made from Sticky Rice
April 23, 2024, 7:08.31 pm ET



If you are looking for a burger that will take you off the beaten path, then look no further than Zaab Burger at Essex Market on the Lower East Side. The counter run by the popular Thai spot Zaab Zaab is offering six burgers in total,

The most interesting one by far is the Khao Jee Burger with a bun made from sticky rice with a chili sauce known as Jaew Bong, traditionally made with sundried chilies, garlic, fish sauce, and other ingredients found in Laos.

Also on the list is the Zaab Burger, a smash burger with American cheese and dusted with chopped onions; the Jaew BBQ Burger with a jaew barbecue glaze; Isan Burger with Thai green chili, butter and mayo; , Ka Pow Burger, a smash burger with hot basils; and a classic American smash burger.

Along with burgers, the stand is also selling Salt & Pepper fries, along with its signature Zaab fries with zaab seasonings. Prices are fairly tame, with burgers costing anywhere from $6.50 to $9 (additional cost for the double patties which are encouraged!)

Zaab Burger is located inside the Essex Market at 88 Essex Street on the Lower East Side (917) 261-2555. For more information, visit