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Vietnamese Pork Burger
with carrot slaw

Active: 40 minTotal: 1 hr

We were loosely inspired by the Vietnamese sandwich - banh mi - when we dreamed up this burger, which is topped with spicy Sriracha mayo and tangy homemade pickles.
Smarts: Any ground meat will work here, so feel free to swap in ground beef. Ground chicken or ground turkey would be great for a lighter option.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Vietnamese Pork Burger:
  • Jalapenos - 1/2, diced (seeded if you want less heat)
  • Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
  • Pork, ground - 1 lb (sub any ground meat)
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Fish sauce - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Hamburger buns - 4
  • Mint - 12 leaves
Pickled Cucumbers:
  • Cucumbers - 6 oz, sliced
  • Vinegar, rice - 1/3 cup
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
Sriracha Mayo:
  • Mayonnaise - 1/3 cup
  • Lime juice - 1 tsp
  • Sriracha - 1/2 tsp (more or less to taste)
Carrot Slaw:
  • Carrots - 12 oz, shredded (for the best texture, shred these yourself with a box grater or food processor, but pre-shredded carrots will work)
  • Mint - 10 leaves, chiffonade
  • Lime juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Fish sauce - 1/2 tsp (sub soy sauce)

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Pickle cucumbers - (If prepping right before cooking and using grill, get grill heating before continuing with prep.) Slice cucumbers. Combine with vinegar and sugar (portion for cucumbers). Leave pickles for at least 20 minutes and up to 5 days. (The longer you leave the pickles the more ‘pickled’ they will become. 20 minutes will give them flavor, but several days will turn them into more traditional pickles.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Jalapenos / Shallots - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make Sriracha mayo - Whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice (portion for Sriracha mayo), and Sriracha. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make burgers - Combine pork with jalapenos, shallots, ground coriander, fish sauce (portion for burgers), salt, and black pepper. Form into 1" / 2.5 cm thick patties and make a depression in the center with your thumb (this will prevent them from rounding in the middle as they cook). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Carrots / Mint (portion for slaw) - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Make slaw - Combine carrots and mint with lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce (all portions for slaw).

Make

  1. If cooking on a grill: Heat grill to 450F / 232C. Clean grates and brush with oil.
  2. {grill:} Place burger patties on heated grill and cook on one side until grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip burgers and continue cooking until cooked through, ~5 to 6 minutes more (internal temperature should be 145F / 63C). Toast hamburger buns.
  3. If cooking on the stovetop: Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Brush with oil. Add burger patties to heated pan and sear on one side until grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip burgers and continue cooking until cooked through, ~5 to 6 minutes more (internal temperature should be 145F / 63C). Toast hamburger buns.
  4. Drain liquid off pickles.
  5. Give carrot slaw a stir and season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Assemble burgers by filling buns with Sriracha mayo, burger patties, pickled cucumbers, and mint leaves (portion for burgers).
  7. Enjoy burgers with carrot slaw on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

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25 reviews

Top ten for my husband. Super good. I doubled the coriander and fish oil in the burger. The mint really elevates it. I think it could work with ground turkey also. Would like to try the tofu recipe for this. Kids even enjoyed it.

By: Kristine
Posted: Jun 01, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This one is a winner! Everything is delicious and works together well.

By: Nancy
Posted: May 31, 2020
Diet: Original
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Proportions way off (too much meat compared to everything else) and not enough seasoning. Also it turns out I don’t really like hamburgers.

By: Nechama
Posted: May 31, 2020
Diet: Original
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Made with beef and added extra jalapeno and Sriracha in the mayo. Also pickled the cucumbers all day since we like tangy. Yum! Made as sliders on brioche buns. I also added extra mint to the carrot slaw. So good!

By: Liz
Posted: May 30, 2020
Diet: Original
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We used a mix of turkey and chicken for this ( trying to use my freezer meat ) and I think it turned out delicious! A lot of people are saying that they didn’t like the slaw, but that was one of my favorite parts. I took advice from one of the reviews below and added the slaw to my burger as a topping. Total game changer! Will be making this one again.

By: Amity
Posted: May 30, 2020
Diet: Original
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I really loved the burger and would definitely make it again. I didn't care for the carrot slaw and wouldn't make that part of the recipe again.

By: Vickie
Posted: May 30, 2020
Diet: Original
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