Asian Pork Burgers or Asian Pork Sliders (whatever your preference) are great tasting burgers made with lots of Asian flavors. Perfect as sliders or burgers or a steamed bun. They are a great burger for cooking inside, when it is to cold to go outside. These umami flavored burgers are better than egg rolls! Well, maybe.
Dinnertime at our house often means seeing what I can come up with. As long as I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve been trying to keep a recipe schedule to be more organized. In general, it hasn’t worked. I can fill out an entire month of recipe ideas and always end up with something else! This is how I stock a pantry and fridge, using the Abbe O method. (Marie Kondo would be so proud!) With this method I can always come up with something for dinner! So, Sunday night meant Asian pork burgers.
Usually I have a taste for something and in the back of my head I was thinking that I really need to cook something for Chinese New Year. After all, it is the year of the pig. Well, I didn’t get that far, but I’m hoping this recipe counts for something! Asian Pork Burgers were the result of having ground pork in the fridge and cute little steamed buns in the freezer. They needed to be used and this was the result.
If you don’t have cute little steamed buns, no worries. Any slider or burger bun will do! For that matter these pork burgers would be perfect on a rice bowl. Or a cabbage salad. The possibilities are almost endless. Well, almost!
Asian Pork Burger Ingredients
These Asian Pork Burgers used many ingredients I always have on hand. For some odd reason, I always keep cabbage in my fridge. It lasts a long time. Yes, I always have garlic and scallions and cilantro. Always! And soy sauce and hoisin and water chestnuts. Eggs? Got to have eggs. So this recipe was kind of a no brainer when it popped into my head. But really, this is an example of how I cook. I mean if I’m out of onions or garlic or eggs, I know I better head to the grocery!
Want some sauce for your burgers? Here are a few ideas. Mix some hoisin into some mayo. Mayonnaise, soy sauce and sriracha is also a great combo. Use sweet chili sauce. A teriyaki sauce would also work great! My favorite peanut sauce is amazing, but you might lose some of the simplicity of this recipe. But make sure to try it. Amazing!
Asian Pork Burgers are real simple. They come together fast. Which is a good thing when you are hungry. And have cute little steamed buns in the freezer.
And P.S. That cute little fisherman sitting on the pigs? Well, he was given to me by a friend’s mother in law. He used to hold lucky bamboo, but it wasn’t so lucky. Now I generally use him to hold soap, but he was perfect for holding this slider. He brings me joy, Marie Kondo!
Want something to serve with these? These Stir fried veggies from Saving Room for dessert would always be nice. You could perch these on top and make veggie bowls, but you might want to add some rice! A Spicy Perspective makes a 9 layer Asian salad which is perfect with this. But you might want to leave out the chicken!
And here’s a few more:
In case you missed these, well, these Chinese shredded Sichuan potatoes would make a perfect side for these Asian pork burgers.
Fresh Fried Rice? Like Amazing!
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Asian Pork Burgers or sliders, are great tasting burgers made with lots of Asian flavors.
1 lb ground pork
1 c cabbage, chopped fine
1/2 c chopped water chestnuts
1/4 c cilantro chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 fat scallion or 2 skinny ones, chopped fine
3 T hoisin
1 t soy sauce
1/2 t 5 spice powder (optional)
1 T oil for frying
Optional for garnish: cilantro, sliced cucumbers, minced green onions, shredded cabbage
Sauce Ideas: Sweet Chili Sauce or Mayonnaise mixed with hoisin
Dollop of soy sauce for frying
Combine all ingredients (except the soy sauce and oil for frying) together in a large bowl. Mix this well. I use my hands to mush everything together and make a nice soft mixture. You may not want to use your hands and that’s OK. Form into 4 patties if you want burgers, 8 for sliders.
Heat oil over medium high. When oil is hot, add your patties. This will splatter so if you have a splatter screen you may want to use it. Fry for about 3-4 minutes per side. After you have flipped your burgers, sprinkle with a bit more soy sauce. This not only gives the burgers great color, it also adds more flavor.
Serve in buns, slider buns or these perfect steamed buns. Top with some cilantro, shredded cabbage, sliced cucumbers, and chopped green onions. If you want a sauce, I love sweet chili sauce on these, or mix some hoisin into mayonnaise and dollop that on.
Don’t have 5 spice? Though I love the flavor it gives, I promise you will still like these if you don’t have it!
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