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5 August 2020

Banh Mi Inspired Ontario Pork Burgers

Ground Pork Recipe

Banh Mi Inspired Ontario Pork Burgers

James Synowicki

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Ground Ontario pork patties are so versatile and delicious, they work perfectly with any topping: lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mustard, ketchup, cheese, just to name a few.

Here I have paired these tasty patties with the fresh ingredients/toppings of a Banh Mi sandwich. The patties are brushed with a Lemongrass Pepper Sauce, adding a kick of Asian inspired flavours and everything is served with the freshest buns from a local bakery.

So, try this flavour bomb Banh Mi Burger, then make another batch of patties and explore new topping combinations, in addition to pairing with your old favourites.

Yield: Serves 6
Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes



Ontario Pork Patties

  • 2 lbs extra lean ground Ontario pork
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) sweet onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 charred jalapeño (seeds optional)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) pepper
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil (for brushing patties before grilling)
  • 6 Tbsp (90 ml) Lemongrass Pepper Sauce

Banh Mi Toppings

  • Pickled daikon radish & carrots *
  • Mini cucumber slices
  • Thinly sliced jalapeños
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sriracha Mayo (store-bought or mixed equal parts)
  • Lemon Pepper Sauce (optional)
  • Serve on fresh buns that are crispy on the exterior and soft & airy on the interior
  • Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over the finished burgers

Lemongrass Pepper Sauce

  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) lemon grass paste
  • 1 small Vidalia onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 jalapeños (seeds removed), diced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) sriracha
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) sugar
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lime juice

Pickled Daikon & Carrots

  • 8 oz daikon radish, julienned
  • 8 oz carrots, julienned
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) white sugar
  • 1 cup (250 ml) rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt

Cooking Instructions:

Ontario Pork Patties

  1. Place the onion, garlic, jalapeño into a mini food processor, then blitz to chop. Add the basil, soy sauce, salt, pepper, sriracha, Dijon, and eggs then blitz to combine. (Alternatively: mince the onion, garlic, and jalapeño finely and mix ingredients in a large bowl.)
  2. Add mixture to a large bowl, then add panko and stir to combine.
  3. Add Ontario Pork to the bowl and mix until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Shape into 6 x 7 oz patties (about ¾” thick x 4 ½” diameter). Using your thumb, press the middle of each patty a few times to create an indent that will keep the burgers from puffing up when cooked.
  5. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (400°F - 450°F).
  6. Brush each patty with olive oil and place oil side down on the hot grill, the brush the top while on the grill. Close lid and grill, turning once and flipping about 4-5 minutes into the cook. 2 minutes after flipping, brush each burger with a tablespoon of the lemongrass pepper sauce. Continue to cook until internal temperature reaches 160°F.  Total cook time 8 – 10 minutes. Let patties rest 5 minutes, tented in foil, before topping and serving.

(Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours or freeze and cook later from frozen)

Lemongrass Pepper Sauce

  1. Heat oil over medium heat, add the lemon grass, onion, and garlic, turn down the heat to low and slowly soften these aromatics, do not let them burn. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the jalapeños into the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the fish sauce, sriracha, salt, sugar, and lime juice, stir and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Carefully pour the sauce into a mini food processor, then cover with a tea towel and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour sauce into a jar and pour a thin layer of oil on top. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Pickled Daikon & Carrots

  1. Combine the water, sugar, vinegar & salt in a saucepan and boil on medium heat until the sugar dissolves stirring occasionally (3 to 4 minutes). Remove from the heat and cool it down.
  2. Place the julienned radishes and carrots into a clean mason jar and pour over the cooled liquid. Close the lid. Gently turn the jar to make sure the brine is covering all the radishes and carrots.
  3. Leave the jar at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours then place in the fridge. Chill the pickles for 1 hour before serving. Use leftovers to add a pop of flavour to any wrap, sandwich, or burger
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