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asian pork burger

Ginger Burger Recipe

A slightly Asian taste on a USDA beef burger. The two go together better than you'd think.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Bread knife
  • Heavy skillet cast iron is perfect for this
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Salad spinner
  • Sheet pan
  • Vegetable peeler


Pantry Items

  • Black pepper
  • Good quality mayonnaise
  • Sea salt
  • Soy sauce
  • Szechuan peppercorns (you can use black or white peppercorns as a substitute)

Shopping List

  • 2 inches fresh ginger
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1 Serrano or jalapeno pepper
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 2 long English cucumbers
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground pork
  • 7 oz plain yogurt (we like Greek)
  • 4-6 whole wheat hamburger buns


When you walk in the door

  • Don’t refrigerate the pork
  • Preheat the grill or broiler and adjust the rack
  • Get out Pantry Items
  • Get out Tools
  • Assemble the ingredients
  • Refrigerate the beer


  • Peel the ginger and mince it.
  • Trim and slice the scallions into thin rounds.
  • Remove the seeds and pith from the pepper and mince it.
  • Peel the cucumbers and slice them into 1/4-inch slices.
  • Rinse the mint and pat it dry. Pluck 1/4 cup leaves.
  • Measure 1 tsp. Szechuan peppercorns. Grind the peppercorns and sift them.
  • Rinse the watercress and spin it dry.
  • Slice the buns in half.


  • Place the pork, ginger, scallions, minced pepper, Szechuan pepper and 2 tsps. soy sauce in a medium-size mixing bowl and mix together with your fingers.
  • Form 4 to 6 patties.
  • Heat the heavy skillet over medium-high heat and put as many burgers in it as will easily fit. Cook until they are brown on one side, 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side 4-5 minutes.
  • Put the yogurt in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Mince the mint leaves and stir them into the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the cucumbers.
  • Get someone to set the table. While you’re at it, ask them to open up a beer for you!
  • Toast the cut sides of the buns under the broiler. Don’t walk away from the broiling buns – they’ll toast quickly!
  • To make the burgers, slather the cut sides of the buns with mayo. Place a burger on the bottom half of a bun and top with the watercress. Put the top of the bun on the watercress and your burgers are ready to go!
  • Take the burgers to the table, along with the cuke salad and the beer. Have fun!
Keyword Burgers, Chicken Fajita Recipe, Ginger Burger