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Chinese Mu Shu Pork Burger Recipe

Burger covered in sauce, sitting on a bun with lettuce and tomato
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These wonderfully flavorful and juicy burgers contain most of the same ingredients found in the Chinese restaurant classic, Mu Shu Pork.

Serve with: A light ale or good lager, a dryish Riesling, or a pink wine.

A great side dish is chilled soba noodles with cucumbers, dill, sesame oil, and rice vinegar.

Main Course


Servings: 4 large burgers


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


For the burger

  • ¾ pound ground pork muscle
  • ¼ pound ground pork fat
  • ½ cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped fine
  • ¼ cup carrots, peeled and shredded with a peeler or box grater
  • 1 raw egg
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated on the small holes of a box grater
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like things hot)

For the Mouth

  • 6 good quality buns, brioche would be nice, kaiser will work fine
  • 1 large sweet red bell pepper
  • 4 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 4 leaves Romaine lettuce, chopped (or another crunchy lettuce)
  • ¼ cup scallions, chopped on a bias
About the ginger. This is an important flavor so use fresh ginger, not ground.
Metric conversion:

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  • Mix the burger/sausage ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Form into 4 patties about ¾ inch thick or stuff into casings. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the raw meat and egg mixture.
  • To make burgers: Prepare a grill in a 2-zone setup and clean the grates well. Clean grates is important because these burgers are not as firm as regular hamburgers and they will stick to dirty grates.
  • Slice the bell pepper in half, discard the seeds and stem, and wash. Place the two halves skin down over the hot part of the grill and close the lid. Cook until the skin blackens and blisters, about 5 minutes. Remove the pepper, put it in a bowl, and cover it with a plate so the steam will loosen the skin. Peel the skin and cut the roasted meat into thin strips.
  • Brush oil on the burgers so they will not stick. Place the patties on the grates on the indirect side. Cook the burgers with the cover on until they hit about 145°F, then move to the direct side and leave the lid up while you sear. Gently flip the burgers every 2 minutes being careful not to allow them to break apart. Remove when internal temperature of the burger is 160°F. If the coals flare up or the meat begins to char, move the burgers to the indirect zone.
  • While the burgers are cooking, toast the cut side of the buns over the middle between the direct and indirect zone, watching them carefully so they do not burn. Remove them and spread the chopped Romaine on the bottom halves of the buns, and the red pepper strips on top of the lettuce.
  • When the burgers are done, set them on the lettuce and peppers, spread 1 teaspoon of hoisin sauce on top, sprinkle them with sesame seeds and scallions. Put the top of the bun next to the colorful burger and serve.