Char Siu Pork Burgers


Char Siu Pork Burgers - an Asian favorite turned into a burger!

Last week I shared a Jalapeno Turkey Burger as part of burger month.  Today I am back with another burger.  I am loving playing with different flavors, and making different burgers this summer.  I also shared a Pesto Chicken Burger earlier this summer.  Hopefully you like these fun burgers, because I have another one coming next week!  Have you checked out all the other great recipes going on with Burger Month?  Kita from Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore did a great job gathering up some very talented bloggers to contribute all month long.

Char Siu Pork Burgers {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

I was recently paging thru my Shape magazine, and came across this recipe.  I knew immediately, that I had to make it. Asian food is one of our favorites.  Even my 9 year old is a big fan of Thai, Japanese, and other Asian foods.  Way back when I first started blogging I made a Char Siu Pork Roast (don’t look pay attention to those pictures).  I remember liking it, but thinking it needed a little something.  So I thought these pork burgers was a great time to revisit it.  Plus, I have never made a pork burger before.

Char Siu Pork Burgers - Classic Asian favorite switched up into a burger

I am so glad that I made these pork burgers.  I am going to have to make more burgers with pork, because they were just so flavorful.  The meat only has salt and pepper to season it, all of the rest of the flavor comes from the glaze and the slaw topping.  The glaze makes more than you need (unless you use a LOT), but the leftovers are great on chicken breasts the next day, or pork chops, or even some grilled shrimp.  Chinese 5 spice is one of my favorite seasonings, and the flavor sure does come up in the glaze!  If you need other uses for it, check out my 5-spice pork lo mein (one of our favorites).    My 9 year old was a little hesitant on the glaze at first, but in the end he was dipping his pork burger in more of it, he loved it so much!

Char Siu Pork Burgers

Yields 4

A classic Asian favorite with a twist - turned into a burger!

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound ground pork
  • salt and pepper
  • Glaze
  • 3 Tbls soy sauce (low-sodium)
  • 2 Tbls honey
  • 2 Tbls ketchup
  • 2 Tbls brown sugar
  • 1 Tbls hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tsp 5-spice
  • Slaw
  • 1 cup cole slaw mix
  • 3 Tbls cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbls hoisin sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  2. Season pork with salt and pepper. Mix, and form into 4 patties.
  3. In a small saucepan combine all of the ingredients for the glaze. Heat over low heat.
  4. Grill the pork patties for about 5-6 minutes each, until fully cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile combine make the slaw. In a bowl combine hoisin sauce and lime juice. Toss with cabbage and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Toast 4 hamburger buns if desired.
  7. To serve place cooked pork burgers on a bun. Spoon over glaze and top with slaw.
  8. Serve immediately


Adapted from Shape Magazine



  1. I love the flavors you have going in this burger!

  2. I have never thought to have a pork burger. Where have I been? I love pork. It might be my favorite meat. Then to top it with that fab glaze and add the slaw. Lady, that is one heck of a burger!

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