- 1 pound lean ground pork
- ¼ cup white onion, finely chopped
- ¼ cup green onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
- 2 garlic cloves, very finely minced
- 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 8 mini-burger buns
- 1 large Asian pear, cut into 16 slices
- 8 leaves Napa cabbage, bok choy or other Chinese cabbage
- Heat grill to medium high.
- In a medium bowl, combine ground pork, onions, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, brown sugar, mirin and soy sauce until thoroughly blended.
- Form into 8 mini patties about 2½-3 inches in diameter.
- Grill 5-7 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Serve each slider on bun with 2 slices Asian pear and 1 Chinese cabbage leaf.
Tips & Notes
• Look for mirin, also known as Japanese sweet rice wine, and dark sesame oil in the Asian foods or ethnic area of larger supermarkets.
• Asian pears are in season late summer through early fall. They look like a cross between an apple and pear. None in your market? Just substitute a firm, crisp Bartlett or Anjou pear.
• Chinese cabbage is a generic term for numerous leafy cabbage varieties, including Napa cabbage, celery cabbage and bok choy. Substitute any favorite crisp lettuce or shredded red or green cabbage instead of Chinese cabbage, if you’d like.