Chinese Five Spice Pork Burger





10-15 min


10 min




  • 1 lb ‏thinly sliced pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons ‏Chinese Five Spice Powder-I use Penzeys.
  • 1 cup ‏coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage and carrots
  • 1/4 cup ‏thinly sliced or diced red bell pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ‏sliced chives or scallions
  • a few tablespoons ‏diced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons ‏sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ‏rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ‏sugar
  • ‏black and white sesame seeds-optional
  • about 1/2 cup ‏hoisin sauce
  • 4 ‏King's Hawaiian Hamburger Buns

This Chinese Five Spice Pork Burger is what happens when a traditional Chinese Bao Bun meets a hamburger. The result is totally delicious!

  1. Toss your thinly sliced pork with the 5 spice powder. If you don’t have this spice blend, you can quickly make it using equal parts cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and ginger, but I recommend getting the Penzeys version. You will need it to make these burgers, so you might as well have it on hand. 
  2. Place your coleslaw mix, carrots, bell peppers, red onions, chives or scallions, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, and sesame seeds into a bowl and combine everything.  I just love the colors! You don’t have to use the sesame seeds,but the contrast of the black seeds with the bright veggies really makes this sandwich look special. 
  3. On the grill or in a skillet, toast your King’s Hawaiian Buns and set them aside. This is something I would not substitute. The subtle sweetness and softness of these rolls what made me think of a bao bun in the first place. These hamburger buns are fantastic with this! 
  4. Cook the pork for about 3 minutes on each side. It should be very thin and will cook quickly.
  5. Slather the buns with hoisin.
  6. Place the pork on the buns and top with slaw.
  7. Devour!

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