Vietnamese Burgers

May is National Burger Month. It’s only right to celebrate with a few new hamburger recipes for the season.

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Vietnamese Burgers
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  • 1/2 white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 package (1 pound) large radishes
  • 1 large thick carrot, peeled
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 pound ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece (about 3 inches) lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 4 mini ciabatta rolls


  1. Make Pickled Radish Slaw: In a medium bowl, stir vinegar, water, sugar, salt, ginger and dried red pepper until sugar dissolves. Using a spiralizer, make spirals of radishes and carrot. Add vegetable spirals and cilantro to vinegar mixture. Cover and refrigerate to blend flavors.
  2. Make Sriracha Mayonnaise: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and sriracha. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Heat indoor grill to SEAR or highest setting.
  4. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, garlic, lemongrass, salt and black pepper. Shape the mixture into four patties.
  5. Place the patties on the grill. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes per side or until meat reaches 160°F when tested with a meat thermometer.
  6. Remove the burgers from the grill and serve on small ciabatta rolls with Sriracha Mayonnaise and Pickled Radish Slaw.


Serves 4

Pickled Radish Slaw may be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. Shaping the burgers to an even thickness ensures even cooking and prevents the edges from drying out before the center is cooked. The USDA recommends that ground meat should be cooked to at least medium doneness 160°F or until the center of the patty is no longer pink.

Vietnamese Burgers

My perfect burger is a classic, no-nonsense cheeseburger with a squeeze of ketchup.  While sometimes all you need is the patty and the bun, burgers are easily customizable. So take a step back from your probably-far-too-simple (guilty), go-to recipe and mix in some unexpected flavors this summer.

Pickled Radish Slaw for Vietnamese Burgers

To make Vietnamese burgers, mix ground beef, garlic, lemongrass, salt, and pepper together before shaping them into patties and tossing them on the grill. The lemongrass adds a subtle citrus flavor to the meat and pairs with garlic to create an aroma that will have your family following their noses right to the table.

Vietnamese Burgers

Leave the ketchup and mustard in the fridge, you won’t need them. Instead, we topped these Asian-inspired burgers with a pickled radish slaw and sriracha mayonnaise. Not only does the slaw add a satisfying, crunchy texture to the hot, juicy burgers, the bright color pops on the plate. A simple mixture of mayo and Sriracha adds a little heat to the burger. Be forewarned – this stuff is addictive. Make a little extra to dip your homemade fries (or even tater tots!) in, or store it in the fridge to use when making sandwiches next week (#mealprep).

Sriracha Mayonnaise

Whether you’re grilling Vietnamese burgers to share with neighbors over Memorial Day weekend or making four to feed the family, no one will miss the standard LTO burger. 

Vietnamese Burgers

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Other burger recipes to try this summer: 

Spicy Turkey Burger with Avocado Shallot Relish

Greek Turkey Burgers



One Comment

  1. You’re making me nostalgic for the time I spent in Vietnam last year. I think I’ll add a dash more sriracha to the mayonnaise mix. I love it spicy!

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