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Grilled Pork Burgers with Creamy Thai-Inspired Slaw

Pork burgers are naturally tender and juicy and have a unique savory taste. In this flavorful recipe, you’ll mix ground pork with traditional Thai ingredients (ginger, garlic, lime, and more). Top the burgers with a slaw that is fresh and crunchy with a simple peanut dressing that makes every bite so good!

  • Author: Jessie Shafer
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers and 2 cups slaw 1x


For the Burgers:

  • 1 pound unseasoned ground pork
  • 2 green onions, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil or cilantro (or mix of both)
  • 1½ teaspoons coconut aminos or ½1 ½ teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of salt

For the Slaw:

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup shredded carrots (1 large)
  • ½ medium red bell pepper (cut into thin strips, then strip cut into thirds)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (light and dark green parts)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil or cilantro (or mix of both)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped nuts (peanuts, almonds, or cashews)

For the Creamy Thai Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoon coconut aminos 
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice 
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • Warm water if needed


  1. Preheat the grill to 425ºF-450ºF. A grill pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray over medium-high heat on the stove also works.
  2. In a bowl, combine all burger ingredients. Use your hands to mix well until all ingredients are incorporated together. Shape burgers into 4 patties, using your thumb to make a slight indentation in the middle of each one. 
  3. Grill burgers for 9 to 10 minutes on one side, flip, and grill for another 5-8 minutes on the other side, or until cooked to 160ºF internal temp.
  4. While the burgers are grilling, prepare the slaw ingredients and place in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over slaw ingredients and toss together until well incorporated. 
  5. To serve, place burgers on buns or lettuce wraps. Top each burger with a generous amount of the slaw, and serve any extra slaw on the side.


  • Serving Size: 1 burger with 1/2 cup slaw
  • Calories: 369
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 443 mg
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Cholesterol: 82 mg

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