Vietnamese Pork Burgers with Splendid Sauce

Vietnamese Pork Burgers with Splendid Sauce
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These are truly the definition of a better burger. Big rich flavors meld beautifully with the bright, tangy sauce. They work well on a lettuce wrap or with your favorite bun. Take a trip to your local Asian market or the Asian food aisle at your favorite grocery store and see how much fun these ingredients can be. Adapted from an Epicurious recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Vietnamese Pork Burgers with Splendid Sauce
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
These are truly the definition of a better burger. Big rich flavors meld beautifully with the bright, tangy sauce. They work well on a lettuce wrap or with your favorite bun. Take a trip to your local Asian market or the Asian food aisle at your favorite grocery store and see how much fun these ingredients can be. Adapted from an Epicurious recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Vietnamese Pork Burgers
Splendid Sauce
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Instructions
Make the burgers
  1. Press the garlic or mince it really fine
  2. Grate the ginger or mince it really fine. I often peel a big knob of ginger and store it in the freezer. It grates beautifully with a Microplane
  3. Chop the scallions - all the white and the first part of the green
  4. Wash the lemongrass. This is a wonderful ingredient. It can be found at Asian markets and sometimes at large grocery stores. It's inexpensive and smells amazing (if you are using lime zest instead, skip to step 8)
  5. Peel the outer layer off of the lemongrass and smack it with the back of a knife to reveal the softer inner layers.
  6. Chop the innermost layers of the lemongrass into small pieces. You will love how it smells
  7. Place the ground pork in a large bowl and add the chopped lemongrass (or lime zest), scallions, ginger, garlic, fish sauce (or soy sauce), salt and pepper
  8. Gently mix the ingredients into the pork and form into 6 burgers
  9. Heat the grill (or grill pan or broiler) and cook the pork burgers until internal temperature measures 145 degrees and they are cooked through - 6-8 minutes per side depending on thickness. Let the burgers rest for 5-10 minutes
Make the splendid sauce
  1. Mix the rice vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, water and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Serve the burgers on lettuce or your favorite bun with the splendid sauce and dip away! We love to eat these with my Savory Rice with Ginger and Cilantro - recipe also on the blog
Recipe Notes

For this recipe and many great recipes to come, I highly recommend purchasing both fish sauce and unseasoned rice vinegar.  Both ingredients are easily found at Asian markets or large grocery stores. There are many good brands, these two are my favorites. Both are high quality and gluten free.  You can substitute white wine vinegar and soy sauce.  The flavors won't be as rich, but it will still taste great

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