Ginger-Scallion Pork Burger with Spicy Quick Pickles

This is an Asian-style pork burger that’s juicy and flavorful.  The spicy, sweet and sour quick pickles and grilled onions the perfect toppings for this tasty burger.  I made a spicy condiment for it with Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce mixed with a little mayo- so awesome!  When you read that word “awesome” it should sound like you are singing it in a high falsetto.  Makes 4

For the Burger Patties

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 T. dark sesame oil
  • 1 T. fresh grated ginger
  • 3 scallions, sliced thinly – about 1/4 C.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4-1/2 C. panko crumbs

For the Spicy Quick Pickles

  • 1/2 English cucumber sliced paper thin (I used a mandolin)
  • 1/4 C. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced thinly

For the Toppings

  • 1 sweet onion, sliced into rings and brushed with a little oil
  • 2 T. Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 2 T. Mayonnaise
  • 1 ripe tomato, sliced thickly
  • 4 soft burger buns

First make the burgers.  Combine the pork, sesame oil, ginger, scallions, egg, salt, 5 Spice Powder, and garlic together – try not to mush the pork too much, but make sure the ingredients are well combined.  It’s easiest to do this with your hands.  Add about 1/4 C. of the panko crumbs and combine.  If the mixture seems to wet you can add a little more panko, up to 1/2 C.  Form the mixture into 4 patties, cover and chill for about an hour.  Meanwhile, make the pickles by combining the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a bowl.  Add the cucumber and jalapeno slices.  Cover and chill for about an hour.  Taste for seasonings before serving: too sour?  Add more sugar.  Too salty? Add more vinegar.  Heat a grill to medium heat and grill the onions until charred.  Set aside.  Grill the burgers until just done- about three to four minutes per side.  Serve the burgers with the onions, tomato slices, and pickles.  Combine the Mae Ploy and Mayo and offer it instead of Ketchup.




About swellkid recipes

I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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2 Responses to Ginger-Scallion Pork Burger with Spicy Quick Pickles

  1. Another one that looks so great! You keep creating like the Energize Bunny keeps going!
    Nice job Carrie!

  2. Pingback: Barbecue Round Up | swellkid

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