Asian Pork Burgers

Serves: 6
¾ cup light mayonnaise
¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 green onions, finely chopped
½ cup chopped water chestnuts
Asian hot chili sauce to taste (I like my sauce a bit on the spicy side)
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice

Pork burgers:
2# ground pork
2 tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
2 – 3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Asian hot chili sauce (I like my burgers spicy!)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 scallions - chopped
½ cup Panko bread crumbs

Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill
6 Brioche rolls, split
Bibb lettuce
Asian Slaw (recipe follows)

For Asian Sesame Slaw:
½ head Savoy cabbage, thinly sliced
½ head Red cabbage, thinly sliced
4 carrots – thinly sliced
½ cup cilantro - chopped
½ red Bermuda onion - chopped

For Asian Sesame Slaw Dressing:
1 cup peanut oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil
½ cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
Cayenne pepper to taste
½ cup peanuts, toasted and chopped
½ cup sesame seeds, toasted plus more for garnish

Dressing: Combine the mayonnaise, basil, cilantro, green onions, water chestnuts, hot sauce and lime juice in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

Burgers: Combine the ingredients for the burgers in a bowl and mix well. Form into 6 equal elongated patties. Brush the grill with oil, as pork burgers tend to stick. Grill the patties with the grill top closed for 4 minutes. Turn and grill until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the patties registers 165 degrees. You may also grill the burgers on a stove top grill.

Grill the rolls just to toast them slightly.

Assembly: Spread the roll bottoms with a thin layer of dressing, followed by a lettuce leaf. Add the patties and top with generous dollops of the dressing. Add the bread tops and serve with the Asian Sesame Slaw.

For Asian Sesame Slaw:

Toss together the cabbages, carrots, cilantro and onions

Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour them over the cabbage mixture. Adjust the seasoning as necessary with the cayenne pepper.

Toss in the peanuts and the sesame seeds.

Sprinkle additional sesame seeds on the top of the dish to garnish.


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