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Banh mi Burgers

You’re sitting at a high top table in the middle of a popular local restaurant that boasts  delicious Asian street fare. And sitting in front of you are these beautifully crafted banh mi sliders. You take a bite and feel a little let downed because (though they were decent sliders) they didn’t remotely remind you of a banh mi sandwich. So began quest for this recipe.

Crafts to Crumbs Banh Mi Burger

Although it has taken me two years to get around to trying it in burger form, I have made many variations of the Vietnamese sandwich and I was quite satisfied with this recipe on the first try.

My only note is that my local Asian market did not have daikon on the day I visited. So the recipe can be adjusted to have pickled carrots and daikon. Also, soy sauce can substitute for seasoning sauce, but seasoning sauce is preferred. Seasoning sauce is a seasoned sauce and does add an extra depth to the umami flavor.  Seasoning sauce is typically available in most Asian market.

Crafts to Crumbs

Banh mi Burgers

Pickled Vegetables
1 cup distilled vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 carrots (julienned)
½ cup daikon (julienned) – optional

  • In a small sauce pan, (on medium) heat vinegar, sugar and salt. Once sugar and salt has completely dissolved, about 5 minutes, turn off the heat.  Allow to cool slightly.
  • Pour over the julienned vegetables and let sit for at least 30 minutes.

Sriracha Mayo
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce

  • In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and sriracha until well blended. Then set aside until ready for assembly.

Pork Patties
2 lbs (1 kg) ground pork
3 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons seasoning sauce (Golden Mountain or Maggi brands preferred, but can substituted by soy sauce)
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon of cracked black peppercorn (black pepper)

  • In a large bowl, mix ground pork with minced garlic, fish sauce, seasoning sauce and sugar.
  • Form into 8 equal patties. Crack black peppercorn over patties before grilling.
  • Grill over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Then flip the patties and grill for an additional 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Let the patties rest for a few minutes before assembling the burgers.

For assembly
8 hamburger buns
½ cucumber (julienned)
1 jalapeño (sliced)
½ bunch of cilantro

  • Assemble with mayo, pork patties, pickled vegetables, cucumber, jalapeño and cilantro. Enjoy!

Serves: 8
Prep: 30-45 mins (including pickling time)
Cook time: 10 minutes


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