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Making a Super Burger, Vietnamese-Style

By Sarah Kemp, Food Service Assistant

Posted Oct. 11, 2018

Sarah Kemp led Team Noble to victory in the Ardmore Corporate Fitness Challenge Super Burger Contest in June.

Now she shares her award-winning recipe for a Vietnamese-style burger.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks
  • 1/4 medium cucumber, cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large radishes, sliced
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup minced green onion
  • 3-4 hamburger buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • 1 medium jalapeño, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves

Yields: 3-4 burgers

Directions

Step 1: Combine the sugar, rice vinegar and warm water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the carrot, cucumber, onion and radishes to the pickling liquid (the liquid should cover everything). Let sit for about 20 minutes then drain the liquid.

Step 2: Combine the pork, soy sauce, ginger powder, garlic powder, sesame oil and green onion. Form into 1/2-inch-thick patties.

Photos showing steps in the process of creating the burger.

Photos showing steps in the process of creating the burger.

Step 3: Prepare a gas or charcoal grill or a grill pan at medium-high heat. Brush and oil the grates.

Step 4: Make a thumbprint in the center of each burger then place burgers on the grill. Grill the first side until grill marks form, about 4 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer reads 155° F, about 3 minutes more.

Photos showing steps in the process of creating the burger.

Photos showing steps in the process of creating the burger.

Step 5: Remove the burgers from the grill and let rest on a plate. Place the buns on the grill and toast until grill marks form on both sides, about 1 minute per side.

Step 6: Spread a small amount of mayonnaise on the upper and lower halves of the buns. Lay the burger on the lower bun. Top with a quarter of the pickled carrot, cucumber and onion; jalapeno slices; a few cilantro leaves; pickled radishes; and the top half of the bun.

Photos showing steps in the process of creating the burger.

Photos showing steps in the process of creating the burger.

Sarah Kemp serves as a food service assistant in the Noble Research Institute’s cafeteria while working toward her degree in graphic design from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Kemp grew up just down the street from Noble’s main campus in Ardmore. She credits a close family friend originally from China with teaching her how to cook.

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