Asian Pork Burgers with Kimchi

I was lunching with my friend, restaurant critic Brian Ries of Creative Loafing, and he asked me what I thought of area burger joints.  The truth is, the only burger that I ever order out is McDonald’s – mainly because my boys must. have. that. stupid. toy.  Never mind that sometimes the inattentive cashier stuffs pinktutugirly toys in their Happy Meal, …as if she struggled determining the sex of 2 little crew-cut tots wearing highlighter green shirts with massive dump trucks emblazoned  with the words “HAUL IT.”

Clearly, she must have passed out from utter boredom during McD’s Happy Meal toy selection training.

But can you imagine the sheer delight of my boys when they discovered that instead of  blue stupiduselessplasticjunk, they got the PINK stupiduselessplasticjunk!?!?

Of course, what do my boys first?

Lift up the skirt of the doll.

Andrew:  (squeal!) “NO UNDERWEAR!”


Me:  “Boys….shhhh….not so loud. Let’s throw them back at the cashier and get the boy’s toy.”


Next thing I know, 3 small boys eating at a table to the right started saying, “BUTTTTTT!”   Their mom, “Stop it!”



Nathan: (softly) “butt”

“AAAAHHHAAAAAAA!! BUTT!” and then it started all over again. All 5 boys.

I surrendered to their childish, boyish fascination of the silly word, because it could have been worse.  Much, much worse.

They could have said, “Bungholio”

Put THAT in your training, McDonald’s.


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Asian Pork Burgers with Kimchi

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 8 minutes
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My recipe was inspired by a fellow blogger - and I can't remember who it was...I'm sorry!  I'll keep searching to find the blogger.  If you know who you are, let me know!! named Birdeye Chili from Canada. 

Kimchi is korean vegetable condiments, seasoned with garlic, ginger and chilis.  While there are over 200 types of Kimchi, the most popular kind is made with cabbage.  Learn more here.  Do you want to make it?


Pork burgers
1 lb ground pork (or turkey)
1 large garlic clove, smushed in garlic press
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger (use microplane grater)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
salt & pepper
1 bunch scallions, washed & roots trimmed (keep scallions whole)
1/2 cup Kimchi
4 slices tomato
Japanese mayonnaise
4 hamburger buns


1 . Preheat your gas or charcoal grill :  On medium-high

2.  Make your patties:  Combine all ingredients for the burger.  Form 4 equal sized burgers.  Don't make them too thick or they will be difficult to cook thoroughly.  With your fingers, form a nice little dent in the middle.  The burger will puff up in the middle during cooking and the dent will allow your burger will puff up evenly.

3. Cook burgers:  Brush grates of grill with a little oil.  Cook burgers on medium-high direct heat for 4 minutes with lid closed.  Open lid, throw your whole scallions on the grill.  Flip burgers and cook another 4 minutes with lid open, or until internal meat is 160F.  Serve with grilled scallions, a side of kimchi and any other toppings that you'd like.  I like piling the kimchi on the burger.

Asian Pork Burgers is so versatile. Here are some options:

  • You could substitute ground turkey for the pork.  Shorten your cooking time too, as turkey will cook faster than pork.
  • If you don’t have fish sauce or don’t like fish sauce, just leave it out and add a bit more soy sauce)
  • Add a squirt of Sriracha hot sauce if you’d like more spice
  • Do you like sesame oil? Add 1/2 teaspoon to the burger mix
  • Other filling ideas: minced shallots, chopped cilantro, lime juice, grated lemongrass
  • Other topping ideas: cool cucumber slices, pickled ginger, pickled cucumber ribbons


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Comments 50

  1. Kelly Mahoney

    Oh the stupid toy! How much time we wasted as kids on the stupid toy. Although I’m sure they boys were amusing to watch at McD with their little dolls. That cashier must not have been paying attention.

  2. Nathan

    Asian pork burger… hm, that could be interesting.

    Every time I go to McDonald’s with my parents, which is very rare nowadays, they always reminisce of the day I started screaming and pointing to look at the fat lady across the way. “Mommy, look at the fat lady!” McDonald’s — the place to get embarrassed by your children.

  3. eastmeetswestkitchen

    I can relate to that stupid toy. It’s the only reason I go to McDonalds these days! They are giving out Build-a-Bear Workshop toys over here. On a happier note, LOVE your asian pork burger with kimchi. YUM!

  4. Paula

    Oh my god, Kimchi !!!!!!!!!! Oh that stuff makes me gag just thinking about it.

    Here at the office we have a rule about really strong smelling foods and I had to send some poor guy out to the patio to eat his Kimchi.

    Otherwise, love your site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be a regular.


  5. meeso

    According to my daughter, the Big Mac is about the greatest culinary achievement there is…and she even gave up Happy Meal toys to eat it…but this burger definitely looks more appealing to me!

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  7. LunaPierCook

    I love decent kimchi … and I’ve had some nasty stuff, too! 😉 And Thank You for my first-ever blogging award! BTW, as I was reading this story, I kept waiting to read that one of them said, very loudly, “That looks like mommy’s butt!!” 😀

  8. Kevin

    I just tried kimchi and really liked it. I imagine that it would go well in a burger or a sandwich. The asian burger sounds like it is nicely seasoned.

  9. Kirk

    Hi Jaden – Thanks so much for the award……I never thought of myself as a schmoozer…..the picture I get in my head is of a guy sitting in a wait, that’s lounge lizard, or ummm, in a red smokers jacket…no wait, that’s Dean Martin! Wow, I feel better already! Thanks so much Jaden! I’m a schmoozer now!

    mmmm kimchi!

  10. henrychan

    Very Creative! It’s everything I’d eat with rice, but on a bun. The cucumber ribbons would be a very refreshing addition (like a pickle) I lick it! btw, what kinda dressing is that on the bottom? Mayo?

  11. Wandering Chopsticks

    Thanks for the award. Like Kirk, I gotta wonder what it means? Me? Schmoozer?

    Last month my sister and I got Happy Meals for the Hello Kitty toys and all we got was a stupid clipboard holder with a big plastic head to hold it in. But Build a Bear? I gotta get me another mini stuffed animal! Hmm. Maybe I can lift up its skirt too and yell, “No underwear. UNDERWEAR!!! BUTT!!! BUTT!!!” 😉

  12. Amy

    Boys will be boys right? My bf still thinks the word butt is funny. :p Asian pork burgers sound great! I was thinking of making a korean bbq burger the other day.

  13. Lilie

    Hubby doesn’t care for Kimchi but I’ll have to try the burger receipe. I have a bottle of fish sauce and no receipes to use it. My girls both can sing the McDonald theme song and go on about “loving it”. They love the Build-the-Bear toys and of course Hello Kitty!!

  14. coffee

    ROFL!!!!! Good thing I first came to your blog as soon as I got up….. I had a good start to the morning! Your kids are A-W-E-S-O-M-E. 😀

    Thanks for the link to khimchi…. I eat that as if its a main course and not a side dish 😉

  15. Lydia

    Thanks for the reminder that ground turkey is often a good substitute for pork — for those of us who aren’t pork lovers.

  16. Santhi

    Hi Jaden…first time to your blog 🙂 I am sure you have heard this already many times, but you have a really nice blog and you write well …..I am in splits laughing at the burger butt incident…:-)

  17. lynn

    Asian pork burgers sound yummy! Thank you for the Thinking Blogger award. But I must say, what were you thinking? Me – thinking?? More like rambling. But I’ll take the award and proudly display it on my virtual coffee table. Thanks!

  18. Cynthia

    My hands are shaking from laughter as I type 🙂 I love your sons! I do, I really do. I can read a blog full of stuff about them with cute, mischievious pics 🙂

    I’ve bookmarked the kimchi recipe and will definitely give it a try.

  19. SteamyKitchen

    Kelly- I admit, the boys are my source of entertainment and comic relief.

    Nathan-TOTALLY!! One time I was mad at my Mom…pouting…at McD.
    I started playing with the ketchup in the little plastic pouch…rolling…rolling rolling…


    I shot that ketchup clear across the table and it landed in some lady’s hair.

    EWKitchen- Well, now we need to go soon to get a bear

    Andrea-I just sent you an email + added link to the post

    Paula – I LOOOOOVE Kimchi!!

    Meeso- I personally love the Bigmac too. Fish filet is a close second though

    LPC- you’re welcome!!

    Cindy- I don’t remember the Super Mario toy

    Kevin- try it…the kimchi is the best part!

    Kirk- I guess I classify someone who EATS AS MUCH AS YOU DO as a schmoozer! Some weird association with eating out and schmoozing.

    Henrychan- japanese mayo

    WC- I dare you to

    JEP & Kat – THank you!!

    Amy – omg. what a great idea….you have to post!

    Lillie- yes, its sad. my kids knew the McD logo before they could even talk.

    Coffee- did u get your camera yet?

    Lydia- I think I actually like the turkey version better. Well, at least I feel healthier.

    Srivalli- thank u again for the award!

    Suganya- yes it is

    W&S – I think I could eat kimchi w.just about anything

    ChubbyPanda-thank you!

    Santhi- Welcome!

    Birdseye- I am so happy that you came by and let me know! Love the recipe.

    Brilynn- Anytime, B, anytime. I’ll just fly my lear jet over to come pick you up.

    Lynn- YES you thinking!

  20. Ellie

    Oooh my goodness. Seeing these reminded me of my ma’s bulgogi and kimchi burgers – we’ve got the mince thawing now as I type this 😉

  21. veron

    These pork burgers definitely are a cut above those bland ones we get at the fast food lanes. Hey, thanks for nominating me as a Thinking blogger. I’ve already done this meme though…but I am so tickled to be nominated once again :). You really need to write a book about your boys, they are so funny especially when they put you in an awkward spot ;).

  22. Ady

    That toys are amazing for all the children, in Italy is the same things, Mc Donalds should have in tne menu your Asian burger, it’s terrific!

  23. Big Boys Oven

    Oh Jaden…..thank you for the “power of schmooze” award, we are overwhelming with your generous award. This is the first time we had been awarded with such an award or an award. Thank you again, Jaden.

    Butt… whose butt….. I got a lovely butt, well curve… lol… are yours too?

    Love your pork burger which comes with kimchi…a true asian flavour with a western twist.

  24. MyKitchenInHalfCups

    Oh Jaden, those are such gorgeous little sweet boys. That is way too funny but then having had two such little boys, I can so much relate!
    And WOW on the burger, I have got to get to my specialty market for Kimchi.
    I’m so glad you liked the garlic bread topping. I want to revisit that again and just haven’t had the time.

  25. wmw

    Oooh….I not only want the food you cook but I want your kids too…(well, maybe for about 10 minutes! LOL) So adorable!

  26. caitlyn

    Hi Jaden
    Thank you so much for the “Thinking Blogger” award — I’m honored! =) I’m sorry for the late reply…life got a little hectic for me. Thanks again! =)

  27. joey

    First, thank you so much for the award! I’m blushing 🙂 Shuffle, shuffle 🙂

    Second, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that is the custest little dynamic duo in the history of little dynamic duos! Yes, even saying “butt”…even saying “bungholio”!

    Third, that burger sounds awesome…I love the Asian flavors and love the pork! Gotta try that soon 🙂

    Fourth, I can eat kimchi until tears roll down my eyes! YUM!!!

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  30. Chris

    You are a supermom too! I saw the pics of your two boys and they are soooooooo cute. You must be very proud of them. Reminds me of my granddaughter (6 yrs old) who only knows one place to eat…at MacDonald’s. I noticed later on that she doesn’t really eat the food from her Mighty Kids meal. She only wants the toys.

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  33. Gourmet Mama

    Your guys look so adorable. And I loved the toy story. I can empathize. I too think the toys aren’t that special, but they’ll squeal over getting one there even though there are far better ones somewhere else.

    As for the dish, I must say wow. That looks so yummy. I need to try that one out soon. Oh and I was wondering, is it possible to make them just a tad spicy?

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