Here’s an Asian-style pork burger that’s a little different in that it uses crispy rice as burger buns. The crispy rice really complements the fried pork patty, making these really good!
They’re pretty easy and quick to make. They key to the buns turning out is making the rice a little stickier than you normally would, then crisping it under the broiler with the heat as high as it can go.
What you’ll need for two burgers
- One cup of cooked rice for each burger
- 0.5 to 0.75 lbs. ground pork
- Cooking spray
- Soy sauce or a different Asian sauce that you like
What to do
Set your broiler on its hottest setting, or 500 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, mix the ground pork with about 1T or so of soy sauce or another sauce, such as Korean BBQ, oyster, hoisin, etc. Thoroughly mix the pork and the sauce, then shape the pork into two thin patties. Set aside.
For the rice buns, split a cup of cooked rice, one-half each for the top and bottom bun. Pat each half into thin patties—as seen in the photos. Place cooking racks onto a sheet pan and spray them with cooking spray. Set the rice disks onto the racks and brush the rice patties first with soy sauce and then with some neutral oil—sesame oil gives them a nice flavor. Sprinkle a bit of salt over them.
Begin frying your pork burgers in a nonstick frypan over medium heat—turn them over after about 7 or 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, broil the rice buns about 2 or so inches from the heat element for about 12 minutes. Keep an eye on them often after the first five minutes. When the rice begins to brown and crisp a bit on the top, carefully flip them and broil the other sides for about 4 minutes.
The pork patties and rice buns should finish cooking at about the same time.
Assemble the burgers and top with your favorite condiments.