Pork Bahn Mi Burgers

This is a superb burger recipe.  It may seem odd to post a burger recipe at the tail end of summer, but I promise this one is different and will cure the dull beef burger blues endless summer cookouts may have caused.  It’s worth keeping your grill out for a few more weeks.   I would stand outside and grill these in January.  And by I, of course I mean my husband. 

This recipe is from Bon Appetit, and orginally started as a meatball sandwich.  I made the original once, and it was really great, but making the meatballs into burgers made the whole process a bit quicker, and easier to eat.  There are three components, so it is not the quickest recipe, but not complicated and well worth the effort.  This is the reigning burger of choice at our house these days!

Pork Bahn Mi Burgers

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Hot Chili Mayo

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (such as sriracha)


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (such as sriracha)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Pickled Veggies

  • 2 cups coarsely grated carrots
  • 2 cups coarsely grated radishes
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Burger Assembly

  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño chiles (optional)
  • 16 large fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

Toss the pickled veggie ingredients in a bowl and let sit at room temperature for one hour, tossing occasionally.

Mix hot chili mayo ingredients together, cover and refrigerate.  Can be made up to one day in advance.

If you would like, finely chop the basil, garlic and green onions in a food processor to ensure small pieces, or finely chop by hand.  Mix all burger ingredients gently in a bowl.  Form 4 patties, place on a plate and refrigerate while the grill heats.  Refrigerating for a few minutes will help the burgers retain their shape while cooking. 

Brush each burger with sesame oil, and place on grill, oil side down.  Brush the other side with oil.  Grill until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes per side. 

To assemble the burgers, place a patty on the bun with mayo, pickled veggies, jalapenos and cilantro.


2 thoughts on “Pork Bahn Mi Burgers

  1. Yummy!! yummy!! Am craving for it 🙂 looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.
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