The Meal Planner

My husband and I have been sitting together in our living room for the last week and a half cheering on our Canadians in the Olympics. Each medal we get we beam from ear to ear, proud to be a part of this beautiful country....especially HOCKEY. Hockey is the real deal for Canadians, even ones who don't normally watch the sport come out of the wood works for the Olympics (ummm, that would be me). A sport that brings our country together is one I like to cheer for.

The operative word being "cheer". Neither my husband or I are any type of athlete. We're both more of the emotional artistic type. But when it comes to food we could definitely compete with the best of them. Cooking Iron-Chef style would be my event but both Steve and I could win a medal in a throwdown for "who gets the last bite of food". Just last weekend we roasted up a lamb leg with friends and Steve scarfed down 7...maybe 8 pieces of meat polishing off the platter. And that was before he found out there was more lamb in the kitchen so he snuck three more pieces. And then ate two slices of chocolate tart.

Okay so yes, he may be able to beat me (hands down) in that category but I would put up a good fight for the last toasted coconut cupcake, the last buffalo chicken wing, the last cheese encrusted nacho, the last gyoza dumpling, or the last piece of Spicy Shrimp Tempura Maki from our favorite sushi place. Heck, Steve and I would even battle it out for the last piece of pickled ginger that comes with the sushi. I may not be able to devour a half a leg of lamb but I could definitely throwdown for some sweet pink pickled ginger, our chopsticks clicking together in a miniature version of plate hockey. And after (I WIN) we would revel in the uniting factor of good food.

These sweet meaty burgers are topped with the mildly pungent pink morsels of pickled ginger that we love so much and would fight for the last piece over, as well as cool crisp cucumber making these burgers totally irresistible.

I would definitely fight for the last one of these babies.

Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray

Serves 4

1 lb ground pork
4 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 tbsp grill seasoning, or salt and pepper
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1 tbsp oil
1/4 cup pickled ginger
1 english cucumber, sliced
4 buns

In a mixing bowl mix together ground pork, green onions, garlic, grill seasoning and teriyaki sauce. Divide mixture into 4 portions and shape into burger patties.

In a frying pan or on the grill, turn heat to medium and drizzle in your oil. When hot add the burger patties. Let them cook for about 6 minutes, turn and then cook another 4-5 minutes. Make sure your heat isn't too high since the sugar in the teriyaki sauce will want to caramelize and burn. You can put a lid on your pan to speed up the cooking process without raising your heat.

Split open your buns, add the lettuce, teriyaki pork burger and top with cucumber slices and pickled ginger.

Click here for printable version of Teriyaki Pork Burgers.


The ease of preparation and the interesting flavor profile keep us coming back for more of these bad boys. It seems every time I have some ground pork kicking about either my husband requests these or I automatically gravitate towards cooking up these Asian-inspired gold mines. We love 'em and can't get enough of 'em.

These would be excellent prepared with ground chicken if you prefer. I choose pork because we love the flavor and ground pork is about a quarter of the price of ground chicken, making this quite a frugal meal for us.

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16 Responses
  1. As the board matron and co-owner of the SeriousEats website, I feel the need to inform you that there is NOTHING original about your recipe. In fact, I think that you may have stolen it from one of my SERIOUS EATS contributors.

    You may want to consult with your lawyer about the penalties that my attorney may impose upon you.

    Louise Chiffonade Brescia
    Atlanta, Georgia (formerly of Brooklyn, New York City)
    SERIOUS EATS website

  2. I can guarantee you I did not steal this recipe from one of your contributors. I adapted the recipe from a Rachael Ray chicken burger and I gave proper credit to her and the source of the recipe. I think you are being a little mellow dramatic and mean about a recipe that I never claimed was original in the first place. All recipes are adapted from somewhere, we all get inspiration and ideas from other recipes and I fully believe in giving credit where it's due. In this case it was Rachael Ray.

  3. Tara Says:


    Seriously whoever you are Louise you need to get a life!

  4. K Says:
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  5. K Says:

    I've looked (via searching) over the Serious Eats website and there is NOTHING matching the search terms "teriyaki" or even "pork burger" that comes up with a recipe for a Teriyaki Pork Burger. Rest assured, you've not stolen anything as far as search terms can detect.

    As for Louise, I actually don't find any mention of the name on the website. As board matron and co-owner, wouldn't you expect to see the name someplace on the website itself?

    Let's just say that those burgers look delicious, and Louise - whoever she may be - is a bully.

  6. LZF Says:

    I was lucky enough to be served this very burger by The Meal Planner at her home. I am not much of a burger person, not much of a pork person, and not much of a teriyaki sauce person. That being said, THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST BURGERS I'VE EVER EATEN!! I even tried to steal bites of my husbands burger after mine was finished.

    The pickled ginger and cucumber really pack a punch, bringing an incredible freshness, appealing to my "health-itarian" side.

    Simple but perfect. Try this recipe.

  7. Unknown Says:

    I might actually try this one, minus the ginger. I'm not a fan of pickled ginger, I really got turned off to it when I had it with sushi.

    Or you could always just make me some sometime cuz! :p Food survives being mailed right? I can give you my address, lol.

  8. Richelle Says:

    Made this one tonight. Sooo good! I actually realized that I didn't have any pickled ginger and didn't have time to run out and grab some. I did have some regular ginger in the fridge, so I boiled it in some rice vinegar and sugar. Not exactly picked ginger, but it gave the burger a similar sour/sweet/ginger taste. Next time I will try it with "real" picked ginger. thanks for the recipe Kin! Richelle

  9. Wow Lindsey...GREAT comment! I had no idea you had such an aversion to pork, burgers and teriyaki, so you must have been pretty put off to learn I was serving you "Teriyaki Pork Burgers" for lunch! I'm so happy that you and Joel both liked them. I agree with you about the cucumber and pickled adds such a nice freshness to the burger which would otherwise be really heavy tasting.

    Crias - The ginger is one of my favorite parts of eating sushi! I will mail you one of these, ONLY if you try them WITH pickled ginger first ;)

    Richelle - Good on you for being so resourceful! You totally made a quick pickle out of the ginger. Even with that, you guys still loved them too!

  10. Tara Says:

    I made these burgers tonight and they were a huge hit! All of us, who usually don't even like pickled ginger, thought that it made the burger! Even my three year old, who doesn't eat ANYTHING had a burger with ketchup on a bun and loved it! Believe me if you knew him you would know how amazing that is! My husbands only complaint was the amount... in fact I think it's safe to say we all were longing for more. They are just that delicious! Thanks Kin!

  11. Wow, thanks Tara! I'm glad they were such a hit in your house! It's so true that the ginger totally makes the burger.

  12. Anna Says:

    this look so yummy! i am adding it to my "to try" list.

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  13. Unknown Says:

    Oh I think I will be trying this with some ground chicken or turkey! The flavors sound delicious!


  14. Deborah Says:

    These flavors sound perfect for a burger!

  15. Sherry - the original recipe says to use ground chicken, so I bet it would be fabulous that way. I just use pork because I can get it so much cheaper...and we LOVE the flavor of pork :)

    Deborah - they really are a winning combination. Definitely try it sometime!

  16. Sounds like the perfect pork burger! Can't wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing.