Thai Pork Burgers

Thai Pork Burgers
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
35 mins
Grill Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 lime

  • 1 pound ground pork or lamb

  • 5 slices bacon, coarsely chopped

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 ½ tablespoon Thai Hot Pepper Spice Mix

  • 1 large shallot, chopped

  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro and/or fresh mint

  • 2 tablespoon chopped lemongrass

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoon light mayonnaise

  • 2 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (Sriracha)

  • 1 ½ cup shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix)

  • 4 sesame hamburger buns, split and toasted

Thai Hot Pepper Spice Mix

  • 10 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoon ground corriander

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Finely shred lime peel (reserve lime). In a large bowl combine the lime peel, pork, bacon, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of the Thai Hot Spice, shallot, cilantro, lemongrass, ginger, and garlic. Mix well to combine. Form into 4 patties, 3/4- to 1-inch thick.

  2. For a charcoal or gas grill, place the patties on the grill rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in burgers registers 160°F. (Or, preheat broiler. Place patties on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 5 inches from the heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until done (160°F.).

  3. Squeeze juice of half of a lime into a small bowl. Add mayonnaise, chile sauce, and remaining spice mix. Stir to combine. Add coleslaw. Toss to combine.

  4. Serve burgers on buns topped with slaw mixture.

Thai Hot Pepper Spice Mix

  1. Shake everything together in a small jar, cover and store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.


To make chopping lemongrass easier, try smashing it with a mallet or rolling pin first.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

675 Calories
42g Fat
40g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 675
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 1277mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 12.9mg 65%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 3.9mg 22%
Potassium 473mg 10%
Folate, total 48.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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