Banh Burgers

October  4, 2022
6 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 4 burgers
Author Notes

This burger, which is also great in slider form, was inspired by the Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich: a delectable combination of pork, pickled veggies, cilantro, and spicy mayo.

This recipe will make more spicy mayo than you’ll probably need for just the burgers, but that’s okay, because it's an amazing condiment that’s great on pretty much any sandwich you can think of (I love putting it on BLTs, in particular). I've no doubt you'll find a use for it. —Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch

Test Kitchen Notes

Burgers go Vietnamese with this delicious, mouthwatering Banh Burger recipe. The succulent pork is enhanced and well-seasoned with the addition of fish sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and spring onion, and the burger itself is garnished with a spicy mayonnaise. The pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, and jalapeño cut through the richness of the pork and the spiciness of the mayonnaise. The whole burger provides lovely texture and flavor and is a pleasure to eat. —Delwyn Cox

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon
    2 teaspoons Sriracha, divided

  • 1 green onion, finely chopped + 1 tablespoon chopped green onion (green parts only)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, seeded and cut into matchsticks
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Thinly-sliced jalapeño or serrano peppers
  • Cilantro sprigs
  • 4 Hawaiian King hamburger buns
  1. To make the spicy mayo, mix together the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Sriracha, and 1 chopped green onion until well combined. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. For pickled veggies, combine the carrots and cucumbers with 1 teaspoon of the salt and the sugar. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then drain and put in a jar or bowl with the rice wine vinegar and enough water to cover them completely. Let sit while you prepare the burgers.
  3. For the burgers, mix together the ground pork, fish sauce, sesame oil, garlic, 1 tablespoon chopped green onion (green parts only), 2 teaspoons Sriracha, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl until fully combined. Shape 4 1/4 pound burger patties. Make an indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb in order to prevent the burger from puffing in the center while it cooks. Grill burgers until they reach desired degree of doneness.
  4. To assemble, cut buns in half and put 1 burger on each bun. Top with pickled veggies, sliced jalapeño peppers, cilantro sprigs, and spicy mayonnaise.
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13 Reviews

Tanya B. June 22, 2023
These have become our new favorite burger, with all the right flavors for summer!
Jaide W. July 20, 2020
This is one of those dishes that surprise you with that first bite. It is that good. Real Bahn Mi is made on a baguette, so I may try that next time, but if you dont make sure you toast your buns well.
AnneTG January 31, 2020
We love them, even my husband who claims not to like pork.
Regine September 7, 2016
Made it for dinner. Super good. Meat was well seasoned. Mayo was super tasty and I even found myself licking the knife after dipping it in the mayo. Really great recipe. I used potato bread hamburger rolls.
Susan W. August 26, 2015
I've now made these with pork and they are delicious. Definitely a meal to have on a regular basis.
bubblensqueak July 29, 2015
Just made this and followed it exactly and it was flippin' delicious! I did part low-fat pork meat to make it a bit healthier, and next time ... I might even substitute yogurt for mayo. This is so delish, I don't think it'll suffer if you strip away a bit of fat. Great recipe!
Lauren July 24, 2014
We recently bought a meat grinder attachment - if were to grind pork, do you have a suggestion re cut? Thanks, looks delicious!
Paige K. July 23, 2014
We made these recently, but used ground turkey to make them slightly healthier. They were SO GOOD! The recipe was very easy and I will definitely be adding this to my burger rotation.
ChantalMSalomonLee July 23, 2014
Delicious! Cooked them on the stove instead of the grill and they were every bit as satisfying. All the various flavors combined make this one worth doing over and over.
Andie July 22, 2014
This recipe is awesome. I made the recipe with turkey for a non pork eater and it was sensational! Best turkey burger I've ever had including restaurants!
Susan W. July 21, 2014
I made these tonight with beef because I like my burgers cooked MR. They were fabulous. Best flavor ever.
Eat T. July 18, 2014
defs making these - yummo.
fiveandspice July 4, 2014
Yummmmm. Love this idea!