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A pork burger with a carrot and daikon slaw on a folded piece of baking parchment.

Pork Banh Mi Smash Burgers

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Dinner


These easy pork smash burgers are seasoned with garlic, shallots, fresh ginger and toasted sesame oil before being served in a toasted brioche bun slathered with Kewpie mayonnaise, sriracha, and topped with a homemade Vietnamese banh mi-inspired quick pickle slaw!



For the Pork Smash Burgers

  • 200250g (7-8 oz) pork mince (half a pack!)
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 small banana shallot
  • 1/2 tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise, plus extra for serving
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • light oil
  • 2 x toasted brioche buns
  • sriracha, for serving

For the Banh Mi Slaw

  • 1 very small carrot
  • 1 small piece daikon radish
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • pinch salt
  • pinch sugar
  • small handful fresh coriander


  1. First, make the slaw. Peel the carrot and the daikon. Use the peeler to slice them into ribbons, and using a sharp knife shred the ribbons into thin strips. You want roughly equal parts carrot to daikon. Toss in a small bowl with the rice wine vinegar, a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar, and set aside.
  2. To make the burgers, peel and mince the garlic clove. Then peel the shallot, slice it down the middle, then slice down the middle of each half and stop just at the root. This means when you come to slice each half you’ll end up with quartered slices of shallot – half moons are a little too long for this recipe and will end up burning around the edge of your burger. Combine with the Kewpie, ginger, salt, toasted sesame oil and of course the pork mince.
  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium high heat. Divide the seasoned pork into two and roll into balls. Add a splash of oil to the pan or spritz it with an olive oil spray and add the burger balls. Flatten each with the back of a spatula and cook until golden and caramelised on the bottom before flipping over, squashing down again and cooking the other side.
  4. Once you’ve flipped the burgers, squeeze any excess liquid out of the slaw over the sink. Return it to the bowl and stir in the coriander, roughly chopped.
  5. Spread a generous amount of Kewpie mayonnaise on the bottom of each bun, top with a smash burger and divide the slaw between them. Drizzle with sriracha, top with the other half of the bun and serve.


The seasoned mince can be made up to day ahead ready for a speedy dinner!