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An amazingly flavorful ground pork burger with a pickled topping is a match made in burger heaven. This Banh Mi burger recipe is Paleo and AIP friendly and a meal your whole family will be clamoring for!
Isn't it funny that a grain-free recipe would be named for the Vietnamese words for “bread” and “wheat”? Ironic!
But alas, Banh Mi these days seems, at least here in the US, to refer to a sandwich of pickled carrots, cucumbers, and radishes, and some mint and cilantro over some sort of meat (I've seen everything from ham to pulled pork to steak when out in restaurants).
Since I love to redefine things from their original sandwich past (see my Muffuletta Chicken recipe for example), I thought I'd redefine these sandwiches into burgers! And boy, did it work!
It uses ground pork for the burger and pickled veggies for the condiments and packs tons of flavor!
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Tips for the Perfect Banh Mi Burgers:
- Don't make the pickled veggies TOO far in advance, but they can be made up to a day ahead of time
- When forming the patties, make them flat, then push a little divet into the center of each patty. This will help evenly cook the burgers as the edges tend to cook faster than the inside, so making the inside thinner helps it to cook just as quickly.
- You can use a different vinegar than White Wine, but distilled vinegar is a no-no on AIP and plus, it has a MUCH more pungent flavor. I like the tamer flavor of White Wine Vinegar much better. Apple Cider Vinegar is another option, but again, it's more pungent.
Ingredients you may need:
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This White Wine Vinegar is the one I use for any pickling I do, whether it's for quick pickling like in this Banh Mi burger or for actual pickling during the summer that I put up in jars for the winter.
Coconut Aminos are a Paleo and AIP replacement for soy sauce. I use this soy-free sauce in any situation that calls for soy sauce. I like this brand.
Coconut Sugar is a lower-glycemic, more nutrient-dense replacement for white sugar and is Paleo and AIP compliant.
What should I serve with these burgers?
Personally I LOVE tostones with this (Paleo and AIP). It's definitely a jimble jamble of different cultures, but it makes it fun.
I could also see these on top of a big bowl of coconut cauliflower rice (Paleo and AIP).
How to make these burgers coconut-free
If you don't tolerate coconut well, no worries. Just use maple sugar instead of coconut sugar in the recipe and then omit the coconut aminos.
Or you could also make your own coconut-free coconut aminos using this recipe by Mel Joulwan. I recommend making a batch of this and freezing it in an ice cube tray, giving you approx 2 tbs of “coconut aminos/soy sauce” per ice cube to use whenever you need it!
More Great Paleo Burger Recipes
Turkey Burgers with Quick Pickled Rhubarb (Paleo)- this one is a more Indian-inspired dish also with quick-pickled fruits and veggies as a topping.
Ground Beef Hobo Packet (Paleo) – these are meatball burgers that you make in an aluminum foil packet over a fire while camping. Soooo good!
Beet Cakes with Mint Cashew Cream (Paleo) – this is a vegetarian Paleo version of a burger – made out of beets! But don't let that stop you, they are downright delicious and great for a Meatless Monday type meal.
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Banh Mi Burger Recipe (Paleo, AIP)
This is such a good burger! Flavorful, easy to make, and something that anyone would enjoy, whether they're on a special diet or not. This is one of those I think is great to make if you're having guests and don't want something that looks or “tastes” Paleo or AIP.
If you make these burgers I'd love to hear how it turned out! Either comment below or share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thrivingonpaleo!
Banh Mi Burger (Paleo, AIP)
For the toppings:
- 1 Large Carrot cut into thin matchsticks
- 1/3 Cucumber cut into thin matchsticks
- 4 Radishes sliced or cut into thin matchsticks
- 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar or Maple Sugar you can also use maple syrup or honey, omit for Whole30
- 1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 Handful fresh Cilantro chopped
- 1 handful fresh Mint chopped
For the burger:
- 2 lb Ground Pork
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 tsp dried Ginger
- 2 tbsp Coconut Aminos omit or see above notes for coconut-free
- For the topping, mix together the carrot, cucumber, and radish matchsticks into a bowl. Heat 1/2 cup of water, the coconut sugar, the vinegar, and sea salt in a small saucepan until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour the vinegar mixture over the vegetables, and let cool.
- Meanwhile, mix the burger ingredients together. Form into 4-8 patties (depending on how thick/big you want them). Heat a large cast-iron skillet or grill pan over medium high heat on the stove or a grill to medium.
- Cook the patties, turning once, until desired doneness. about 3-4 minutes a side for the smaller patties, 5-6 minutes a side for the larger ones.
- Add the chopped cilantro and mint to the vinegar and veggie mixture, mix well, and then serve over the burger patties.