30 April 2018

Wasabi Shiitake Pork Burgers... heat things up

Gloria Duggan, Homemade & Yummy

Wasabi Shiitake Pork Burgers... heat things up

Gloria Duggan, Homemade & Yummy

Gloria Duggan is a passionate home chef, and the food blogger/recipe developer for Homemade & Yummy. As a wife, mom and very proud gramma, food is an important part of creating wonderful memories. Gathering around the table for dinner, celebrating holiday traditions, or experimenting in the kitchen with new techniques and flavours…food brings it all together. My philosophy is: Food doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does have to taste good!

Yes, the wonderful aromas of the grill! Backyard BBQ parties all summer long. I don’t know about you, but THIS is what summer is all about.

Canadian winters (depending on which part of the country you live in) are not always outdoor cooking friendly. Yes, some people are lucky enough to be able to grill all year long. However, if the temperature is -30C, I really feel guilty making hubby brush the snow off the barbecue to cook dinner.

Once it starts to warm up, GAME ON! From breakfast to dessert, grilling is our main method of cooking till the snow bogs us down again.

What is your favourite protein to grill? Sure hope it is pork, because these Grilled Pork Burgers with Asian Flair will be the hit of your party.

Juicy burgers combine Thai, Chinese and Japanese flavours, into one mouthwatering burger. They have quickly turned into a favourite here. Our guests rave about them.

With a few simple ingredients, the flavours of Asia transform humble ground pork into a juicy, crowd pleasing burger. A bit of Thai in the meat, some Chinese spice in the mushroom blend, and Japanese in the mayo, topped with the crunch of some fresh pea shoots. 

Next time you have a BBQ party to grill for, economical Ontario Pork and these Grilled Pork Burgers with Asian Flair will have your guests begging to be invited back for more.

Yield: 6 burgers
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes



  • 2 pounds ground Ontario pork
  • 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 100 grams shiitake mushrooms
  • 150 grams enoki mushrooms
  • 6 burger buns
  • 1 tsp. Chinese five-spice blend
  • 2 tsp. oil (avocado or olive)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Wasabi paste (to taste)
  • Pea shoots (for garnish)

Cooking Instructions:

1. Mix ground Ontario pork with Thai chili sauce and form into 6 burgers.
2. Heat grill to medium. Place patties, sear, flip and remove once internal temperature reaches 160 F / 71 C.

1. Shiitake: remove stalks, thinly slice tops.
2. Enoki: trim off the bottom of the stalk and separate the heads into pieces.
3. While burgers are cooking, heat oil. Once hot, add the Chinese five-spice blend and mix.
4. Add shiitake mushroom slices and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
5. Add enoki mushrooms and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.

1. Place mayonnaise in a bowl and add wasabi to taste. Mix.

1. Place each burger on toasted bun.
2. Slather with some wasabi mayo.
3. Top with mushrooms and garnish with pea shoots.


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