Sesame Pork Burgers


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon rice or white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha, hot chili sauce, or sweet Thai chili sauce (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, divided
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, hot chili sauce, or sweet Thai chili sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 English muffins, toasted
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Bread-and-butter pickles or quick-pickled carrots (for serving, optional)

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Make the Slaw: Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, Sriracha, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.  Transfer about 1/4 cup dressing to a small bowl; set aside.

Step 2: Add cabbage and scallions to remaining dressing and toss to evenly coat.  Season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Cover and chill both the salad and dressing until ready to serve.

Do Ahead: Dressing and slaw can be made 8 hours ahead.  Keep chilled.

Step 3: Make the Burgers: Using your hands or a wooden spoon, mix pork, garlic, Sriracha (if using), sesame oil, fish sauce, 1/4 cup cilantro, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl until well combined.

Step 4: Shape pork mixture into 4 patties, slightly larger in diameter than the English muffins (about 4″).

Step 5: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Working in batches if necessary, fry patties until browned on both sides and cooked through, 6-8 minutes.

Step 6: Spread reserved dressing on muffins.  Place a patty on the bottom halves.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pile on some slaw, pickles, cilantro, then close muffins.  Serve with remaining slaw alongside.

Do Ahead: Patties can be made 1 day ahead.  Separate with parchment paper if stacking.  Cover and chill, or freeze up to 1 month.

Enjoy this Asian-style pork burger from Epicurious!