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NEXT-LEVEL BURGER. Pictured is a Smoky Chili-Garlic Pork Burger, a recipe by Milk Street. Loosely based on a Filipino "chori" burger, itís a spiced chorizo patty topped with banana ketchup, mayo, and a relish called atchara, or pickled green papaya. The sweet-savory toppings wonderfully balance the richness of the chili-spiced pork. (Milk Street via AP)
From The Asian Reporter, V32, #7 (July 4, 2022), page 15.
Asian chili-garlic sauce punches up pork burgers
By Christopher Kimball
Christopher Kimballís Milk Street
For cookouts this summer, update long-held traditions with globally inspired flavors ó starting with the burger.
This recipe from our book COOKish, which limits recipes to just six ingredients without sacrificing flavor, is loosely based on a Filipino "chori" burger. Itís a spiced chorizo patty topped with banana ketchup, mayo, and a relish called atchara, or pickled green papaya. The sweet-savory toppings wonderfully balance the richness of the chili-spiced pork.
Looking to pare the ingredients down to the essentials, we tried jarred Asian chili-garlic sauce and were delighted with the results. Most jars at the supermarket contain a bright mixture of chilies and garlic, of course, but also tangy rice vinegar, salt, and sugar, making it several seasonings in one.
Since pork burgers tend to dry out easily, we mixed the sauce directly into the ground pork to help keep the meat moist. A smear of chili-garlic mayonnaise reinforced the flavors in the meat mixture.
Pillow-soft, subtly sweet buns are a particularly good match for the tender, juicy burgers ó we especially like potato buns or rolls. Serve with lettuce, sliced tomato, pickles, or any of your favorite burger toppings.
Editorís note: To view additional recipes, visit <177milkstreet.com/ap>.
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Smoky Chili-Garlic Pork Burgers
Start to finish: 30 minutes
1/3 cup mayonnaise
5 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce, divided
3 teaspoons packed brown sugar, divided
1 pound ground pork
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon neutral oil
4 hamburger buns, preferably potato buns
Mix the mayonnaise, 5 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce, and 1 teaspoon sugar. In a medium bowl, mix the pork, paprika, the remaining 2 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce, the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Form into 4 patties. In a 12" nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the patties and cook, flipping once, until well browned on both sides and the centers reach 160į Fahrenheit, 8 to 10 minutes total. Serve in buns spread with the mayonnaise mixture.
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