Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cheesy Pork Burger with Thick Onion Sauce 乳酪猪扒汉堡

There seems to be many things happening at the same time; work, family, inevitable duties. However Life goes on and tummies still need to be filled. So despite the many thoughts entangling inside, I still have to ensure the well being of my little ones. Good thing is that after becoming mom of 2 and countless practices, cooking has become quite an easy chore that I can cook up something decent without prior planning.

Anyway, totally non related with the recipe I'm about to share. Let's get back to the topic here.

I made this Cheesy Pork Burger tonight and it was well received by my little boy as well as big guy, they all finished their portion and asked for more. Even my 15 months old refused to eat her usual porridge and insisted to have a portion of our burger. So I mashed up one of the vegetable pork patty for her and she happily ate up all without any left over bits. I'm blessed to have a baby girl who truly enjoy her food :)

My little boy's burger, I always serve his burger in a pocket so it's easier for him to hold without the fillings dropping out. He enjoyed his pocket especially when I told him I made "special sweet sauce" for him. On normal day he would reject the onion, but not tonight, he loved his special sauce :)

The Double Decker Cheese Pork burger for man of the house. He had 3 of these since they are just medium size burger, not the large hamburger serves in Burger King.

The skinny burger for myself. No cheesy and single patty.

Ready to make some burgers now? Let's get ready the ingredient.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serving for: 3-4 persons


4 Burger Buns of your choice
4 slices of cheddar cheese
Some cucumber or tomato slices

For the Patty:
10 meat balls / 250gm of minced lean pork meat
1/2 cup of chopped celery (1 stalk)
1/2 cup of chopped onions
1/4 cup of chopped carrots
4 glove of garlics, chopped
2 tablespoon of bread crumb
1 medium size egg

For the Patty Marinate:
2 table spoon of premium soy sauce
Few dash of Xiu Heng wine 花雕绍兴酒
Few dash of salt and pepper

For the Thick Onion Sauce:
1/2 yellow onion, cut into long thin slices
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
2 table spoon of premium soy sauce
A dash of black pepper
4 table spoon of water

The Steps:

The Patty
1. Mix the minced meat with the marinate (except the egg and bread crumb), set aside.

2. Blend all the vegetables into chunky bits and add into the minced meat. Add the bread crumb follow by the egg a bit at a time and mix well until you get the right texture, the patty should not be too soft or it may break apart when you cook them.

3. Heat up 3 table spoon of olive oil in a non stick pan, use a spoon to scoop the patty mixture into the pan and form a round shape of about 1.5cm thick. Cook about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. You may cook a few in one go but do keep an eye on each patty to avoid over cooked.

For the Sauce

4. Heat up a tablespoon of olive oil, toss in the onion slices. Stir fry until it turns soft.

5. Add the soy sauce, black pepper and water, add the brown sugar and let the sauce shimmer until its thickened to desired texture, turn off the heat and pour into a sauce dish for later usage.

Now you have got all ingredient ready, just assemble your burgers and serve right away, or later. Taste nice either way.

When serving for little ones, do consider getting round bun and cut a pocket instead of cut into half. My boy loved his burger this way.

Make some Variety!
I made some variance in the patty, where:

A) Meaty version - only minced pork with chopped garlic and onion. This patty is firmer and most suitable for elder kids and adults.

B) Balanced version - mixed all vegetables with the minced pork. This patty is softer and more suitable for young toddler with milk teeth.

C) Not a meaty person? Refer to my previous posting on Vegetarian Patty Sandwich instead.

Useful Tips!
  • I always use a dash of Xiu Heng wine when working with pork or chicken as it brings out the taste in the meat.

  • I reserve one extra patty to include into my little boy's snack box, just poke it over a short stick and its a ready fast food. :)

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