Asian Pork Burgers with Asian Style Slaw

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Asian Pork Burger with Asian Style Slaw

 

Behind the scene Asian Pork Burgers with Asian Style Slaw

 

Into my inbox it comes. A recipe for Asian-Style Pork Burgers from Food & Wine magazine.

It looks like a pretty good place to start for dinner.

Tasty, tender and juicy

Of course, there is always room for improvement. And to make things a little easier.

I like the general ingredients; they remind me of my recipe for Ginger Pork Meatballs on Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce; ground pork, green onion, ginger, and garlic. A good base. The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 pounds of ground pork, but I decide to “lighten it up” a bit and use 1 pound of ground pork and a half a pound of LEAN ground turkey breast. In the end, your mouth can’t tell, but your waist will. I also decided to add some minced jalapeño to give it a bit more kick.

The slaw in the original recipe is your standard refrigerated bagged coleslaw mix with some rice vinegar and soy sauce mixed in. Then the recipe says to serve with mayo and sriracha. So why not mix the mayo and sriracha in with the slaw? Why not indeed? I do, and it’s perfect. Everything in one place. I also added some chopped cilantro, but I like cilantro, so you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

This burger turned out tasty, tender and juicy. The slaw added a nice crunch and it went perfectly with an Alsace style off-dry Riesling. A quick refreshing side of some fresh sliced pears and red grapes; and dinner was complete and on the table in less than 30 minutes.  Asian Pork Burgers with Asian Style Slaw Perfect for a hot summer night!

 

Asian Pork Burger with Asian Style Slaw

Asian Pork Burgers with Asian Style Slaw 

Ingredients

  • For the Burgers

    1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey (look for ground breast meat)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (I suppose you could use ground ginger, probably a teaspoon would do)
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil (keep this in the refrigerator so it doesn't go rancid)
  • 1 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce or Tamari
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the Slaw

    2 cups bagged coleslaw mix (get the kind with two different cabbages and carrots)
  • 2 teaspoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 4 sesame seed topped hamburger buns or rolls

Method

Step 1

Prepare the burgers

In a large bowl, mix together the pork, turkey, onion, jalapeño, ginger, garlic, sesame seed oil and soy sauce; mix well. Form into 4 patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Season lightly with salt, and freshly ground pepper.

Step 2

Prepare the grill or a grill pan to high; grill the burgers, turning once, until cooked through, about 8 minutes.

Lightly toast the buns on the grill or under the broiler.

Step 3

Prepare the Slaw

In another bowl, mix all the slaw ingredients together until well combined. Set Aside.

When the burgers are cooked, place one on each bottom bun, top with the slaw, close and eat.

 

LindySez: Of course, if you have a problem with salt, you can omit, and or reduce the amount of soy sauce you use, or use a gluten-free Tamari , the Japanese alternative to Chinese soy which is slightly less salty. This burger is also wonderful without the bun if you are into eating your burgers without buns which would take this puppy down to only 221 calories and make it gluten-free. The pickled red onions, optional. But good!

This is how we roll…

 

Asian Pork Burger with Asian Style Slaw

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Cher on August 8, 2014

    Great recipe! I really like the Asian twist and I think it sounds really good!

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  2. posted by Love to Cook on August 21, 2014

    These burgers are so good, and easy to make. I love them. And great photos too!

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    • posted by LindySez on August 21, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed and also glad you like my photos.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.
  • Calories
    344
  • Fat
    11g (3g Sat, 3g Mono, 3g Poly)
  • Protien
    29g
  • Carbohydrates
    31g
  • Dietary Fiber
    2g
  • Cholesterol
    79mg
  • Sodium
    773mg
  • And so, for your viewing pleasure, and so you know what you are eating, is the nutritional information - the best I can give it to you.

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