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Shao Mai Pork Burgers

Shao Mai - little steamed Chinese dumplings - are a favored meal and late night snack at our house; my kids especially love the zesty Asian flavors and don’t even mind the vegetables. I was inspired to make these burgers for them and, happily, they were an instant hit!

Ingredients 

Sesame Ginger Sauce:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Asian Slaw:
1/2 cup finely shredded Napa cabbage
1/2 cup julienned carrot
3 green onions, julienned
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
Patties:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon Asian chile paste (sambal oelek)
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds ground pork
1/2 cup canned water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped leeks (white and light green portion)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill rack
6 sesame seed hamburger buns, split

Instructions 

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make the sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill until serving time. To make the slaw, place the cabbage, carrot, onions and cilantro in a medium bowl. Stir the rice vinegar and sugar together in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved; pour over the cabbage mixture and toss gently. To make the patties, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, chile paste and salt in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add the pork, water chestnuts, leeks and cilantro. Handling the mixture gently to avoid compacting the meat, mix well. Form into 6 equal patties to fit the buns. Brush the grill rack with oil. Place patties on the grill rack and cover. Cook 5 minutes per side, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in center of patties registers 160 degrees. Arrange buns cut side down on the grill to toast lightly. To assemble burgers, generously spread cut sides of buns with the sauce. Place a patty on each bottom bun, followed by an equal portion of the slaw and bun tops. Makes 6 burgers