RECIPE: Spicy Pork Sliders

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Spicy Pork Sliders


1 pound lean ground pork

¼ cup finely chopped white onion

¼ cup finely chopped green onion

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger

2 very finely minced garlic cloves

2 teaspoons dark sesame oil

1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

½ to 2/3 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs*

1 large egg, lightly beaten*

1 large Asian pear, cut into 16 slices

8 leaves Napa cabbage, Bok Choy or other Chinese cabbage

8 mini-burger buns


Heat grill to medium high. In a medium bowl, combine ground pork, onions, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, brown sugar, mirin, soy sauce, bread crumbs and beaten egg. Stir just until blended. Form into 8 mini patties about 2½-3-inches in diameter. Grill 5 to 7 minutes or until instant-read thermometer registers 160°F. Serve each slider on bun with 2 slices Asian pear and 1 Chinese cabbage leaf. *The bread crumbs and eggs help bind the mixture so the small patties won’t fall apart while you’re grilling.

Makes 8 sliders.

Recipe created by culinary nutritionist & dietitian Kim Galeaz, RDN