Malt Beer Pork Burger with Peanut Sauce & Crunchy Slaw

Malt Beer Pork Burger with Peanut Sauce & Crunchy Slaw

A burger and a beer is the ultimate comfort food pairing. A pork burger with beer in it is a revelation—adds a bit of moisture and a hint of sweet caramel flavor that accentuates the pork. Topped with a creamy and complex peanut sauce and layered with a sesame slaw, you have yourself a serious two-handed taste sensation.  

Prep Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Total time: 30 min
Difficulty: easy
Serves: 4

Ingredients for Malt Beer Pork Burgers:

For the Burgers:

1 lb Grass Roots forested ground pork

1 small onion, peeled and finely diced

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup malt beer (stouts and porters are malt-forward beers)

1/2 tbsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the Slaw:

2 cups coleslaw mix (or grated red and green cabbage)

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp dried chili flakes

1 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the Peanut Sauce:

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tsp sesame oil

3 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp fresh lime juice

1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled

1 clove garlic, peeled

1 tsp honey

1/2 tsp red chili paste

2 tbsp water

To Assemble:

sliced pickle spears

4 hamburger buns.

Meal Preparation Instructions:

1. For the burgers: Prepare grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grates. Toast split buns over the prepared grill until golden brown and set aside. Mix the ground pork, onion, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium bowl. Mix in the beer until absorbed by the meat mixture. Form into 4 patties and season with salt and pepper.

2. Grill the burgers to the desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes per side for well done.

3. For the slaw: In a medium bowl, toss the coleslaw mix with the rice vinegar, sesame oil, olive oil, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Set aside until ready to assemble burgers.

4. For the peanut sauce: In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine all ingredients. Pulse until well combined.

5. To assemble: Place a portion of the slaw mixture on each of the bottoms of the toasted buns. Place a burger on the slaw and top with peanut sauce, additional slaw if desired, and pickle spears. Add the tops of the buns and serve.