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This recipe combines the classic flavors of a Banh Mi Sandwich with the comfort and ease of a burger. The patties can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before grilling.

Yield: Makes 4 burgers
Prep Time = 15 minutes
Total Time = 45 minutes

For the burgers:
1 lb. ground pork
2 T. lemongrass paste (typically available in the produce section with the fresh herbs)
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. minced fresh ginger
1 t. minced garlic

For the pickled carrots:
1 cup shredded carrot
½ cup fresh lime juice (juice from 3 limes)
½ t. salt

4 hamburger buns (brioche buns, if you can find them)

For topping the burgers:
1 bunch fresh cilantro, washed
¼ English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
4 T. mayonnaise

Instructions:

  1. Wash your hands before beginning prep.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine the ground pork, lemongrass paste, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Mix well, then form into four patties approximately 4-inches in diameter. Place on a baking sheet, wash your hands again, cover patties with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes to allow the flavor to develop.
  3. While the burgers are chilling, bring your grill up to temperature.
  4. While the grill is heating, prepare the pickled carrots by combining the shredded carrot, lime juice, and salt in a small glass bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator to pickle for 15-20 minutes.
  5. When your grill is hot place the patties on the grill. Cook for 5-8 minutes per side. The total cooking time will depend on the type of grill you are using. Cook until the center of the burger reaches 160⁰ F as determined by using a meat thermometer. Remove the burgers from the grill and place on a clean plate.
  6. After the carrots have pickled for 15-20 minutes drain off excess liquid and set aside.
  7. Build your burger by placing a patty on a bottom bun. Top each patty with ¼ cup pickled carrots, 5-6 sprigs of fresh cilantro, 3-4 slices of cucumber, a few slices of jalapenos, if you want the extra heat, and mayonnaise, if desired.

NUTRITION INFORMATION per burger

Number of Servings4
Serving Size1 burger
Calories Per Serving510
Total Fat (g)32
Saturated Fat (g)8
Trans Fat (g)0
Cholesterol (mg)85
Sodium (mg)725
Total Carbohydrate (g)30
Dietary Fiber (g)2
Sugars (g)5
Protein (g)26
Vitamin D (mcg)0.48
Calcium (mg)130
Iron (mg)3.5
Potassium (mg)660