Thai Burger with Peanut Sauce

5 from 4 votes

This beef and pork burger recipe has everything you love about a classic American hamburger with a snappy Asian twist. A blend of beef and pork makes these burgers moist and juicy while chili peppers, garlic, herbs, and a dash of hoisin sauce bring the patties to life.

ground pork burger with jalapenos and spicy peanut sauce on soft bun

Burger night just got a whole lot more exciting! One bite of these Thai-inspired pork and beef burgers, and you’ll be hooked. They are easy to make and packed with loads of intense flavor. 

In addition to the bright, zesty flavors of the lemongrass, garlic, and peppers, this pork burger recipe features a spicy-savory peanut sauce that takes the whole burger to the next level.

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Serve tasty pork burgers at your next family barbecue or simply whip some up any day of the week. From start to finish, these delicious burgers take less than 30 minutes to prepare. Watch the video below to see how to make this!

Grab a napkin, too. With all that delicious peanut sauce melting on your burger, you’ll need it. Simple, sensational, and scrumptious!

For more Thai-inspired recipes, check out my Gai Yang Chicken (Thai BBQ), Thai Baked Halibut, Thai Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Pizza.

closeup: spicy peanut butter burger on brioche bun

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Ground Beef – Helps hold our burgers together and gives them a familiar flavor. Look for lean ground beef with a ratio of 80/20. 
  • Ground Pork – Adds richness and moisture to the patties with its higher fat content and deep, meaty flavor. If you aren’t a fan of pork, you can substitute ground chicken, but your burgers will be a bit leaner. 
  • Jalapeños – Add a kick of bright spiciness and heat. Feel free to substitute another fresh chili variety like bird’s eye or Fresno. 
  • Hoisin Sauce Brings a salty, slightly sweet dose of umami flavor. Oyster sauce or fish sauce with a bit of honey added will also work. 
  • Lemongrass Paste Delivers a mild citrus flavor with hints of ginger and mint. Look for the paste in the produce section of your supermarket. Or, if needed, you can use 1 tablespoon of dried lemongrass in its place. 
  • Garlic Cloves – Add a dash of pungent, zingy, and zesty flavor. 
  • Cheddar Cheese – Optional, but adds richness and a comforting flavor. 
  • Peanut Sauce – A simple combination of chunky peanut butter, hot chili paste, and soy sauce. Swap the soy sauce for tamari for a gluten-free version. 
  • Garnishes – Cilantro leaves and jalapeño rings add zest and a dash of green.
overhead: fresh ground pork and ground beef in mixing bowl next to smaller bowls of ingredients to make Thai burger recipe

How to Make Thai Pork Burger With Peanut Sauce

  1. Prepare the Peppers. Chop one of the jalapeño peppers into rings, set aside, and reserve for garnish. With the other 2 jalapeños, remove the seeds and dice into ¼ inch bits. 
  2. Form the Patties. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, diced jalapeños, hoisin sauce, lemongrass paste, garlic, salt, white pepper, and cheddar cheese (optional). Mix well, then form into patties. 
  3. Grill As Desired. Transfer the pork and beef burgers to the grill and cook them the way you prefer. I like to set the grill to high and cook the patties on one side for about 3 minutes. Then, I reduce the heat to medium, flip the burger, and cook the other side for around 4 minutes. I give one final flip and allow another 2-3 minutes for it to finish cooking.  
  4. Make the Peanut Sauce. Use a small bowl to whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, and hot chili paste. Set aside. 
  5. Toast Buns & Serve. Toast the hamburger buns of your choice before spreading the peanut sauce on both sides of the bun. Add the grilled pork burger patty followed by cilantro leaves and sliced jalapeño rings. Serve and enjoy!
ground pork and beef burger patties (uncooked) on parchment paper

Tip From Kevin

Experiment with Thai Cuisine

Thai cuisine incorporates bright, bold flavors, especially lemongrass, fresh garlic, and spicy chiles. To experience the flavors together, try dishes like Thai lemongrass chicken and gai yang chicken. Then fire up your grill (outdoors or indoor grill pan) to make this spicy burger recipe!

pork and beef burgers on brioche hamburger buns

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take To Cook A Pork Burger?


That depends on the temperature of your grill, the thickness of your patties, and your personal preferences. However, a good rule of thumb is to aim for about 5-7 minutes per side. 

For the best results, make sure your grill is preheated and your grates are cleaned and oiled.  Avoid flipping these pork and beef burgers too much, or they could fall apart. One or two flips will do the trick!

Can Pork Burgers Be Pink Inside?


Yes, it is perfectly okay if your Thai pork burger is a little pink on the inside, as long as the internal temperature is at least 160 degrees F. That is the temperature where harmful bacteria and other pathogens can no longer survive. Just be sure to probe your pork burger in the thickest part for the most accurate reading.

Thai Pork Burger Serving Suggestions


These Thai-inspired pork and beef burgers are wonderful with a wide variety of side dishes. Serve them up with your favorite barbecue sides or check out some of these recipes for inspiration.

– Start your meal with a bright, zesty salad like Green Papaya Salad, Thai Mango Salad or this Pai Huang Gua (Chinese Cucumber Salad).
– Instead of French fries, try these Crispy Greek Roasted Potatoes or these Crispy Potato Pakora
– Pair your Thai pork burger with savory vegetable dishes like Asian Green Beans, Pan Roasted Carrots, or sauteed Bok Choy.
– This recipe goes great with all types of rice dishes from regular Basmati Rice and Jasmine Rice to Hibachi Fried Rice or this Rice Pilaf Recipe.

grilled pork burger on brioche bun

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ground pork and beef burger with jalapenos and spicy peanut sauce on soft bun

Thai Beef and Pork Burger

5 from 4 votes
This Thai-inspired beef and pork burger is infused with spicy jalapeños, lemongrass, garlic and cheese with a heavenly peanut sauce topping.
Servings: 4
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Peanut Sauce

Garnish

  • cilantro leaves
  • fresh jalapeños sliced into rings

Instructions 

  • Slice 1 jalapeno into rings and set aside for garnish. Cut and remove the seeds from remaining 2 jalapeños and chop 1/4-inch dice.
  • In a bowl mix together the ground beef, pork, jalapeños, hoisin sauce, lemongrass, garlic (cheddar cheese) and salt and white pepper. Form into patties.
  • Grill to your liking, I cook first side for 3 minutes on high, then lower heat to medium and flip to cook for 4 more minutes. Flip again and finish with 2-3 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, chili paste and soy sauce. Set aside.
  • Toast the bread or bun of choice and spread equal amounts of peanut sauce on both top and bottom cut side of bun. Top with grilled burger and cilantro leaves and jalapeno rings (optional).

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Nutrition

Calories: 813kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 1278mg | Potassium: 1033mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 6mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: main dishes
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Author: Kevin
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I was bitten by the cooking bug as a kid cooking and baking along side my mom. After an ROP restaurant course in high school, I went to work in restaurants and catering. My love of travel and food has led me across the world and I love to share those foods with family and friends.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We absolutely love this recipe. For a little something extra, we made a slaw of shredded carrots, green cabbage, cilantro and thinly sliced jalapeno and seasoned rice vinegar and piled that on top of the burger. It added a nice crunch. Keep ’em coming Kevin!!

  2. 5 stars
    I have been making this burger since you initially posted the recipe and it is absolutely, hand’s down one of my very favorites! It is so unique and delicious!!!I I add a couple of things to the sauce to suit my own tastes: juice of 1/2 a lime, 1/2 tsp sesame oil, 1/2 tsp fish sauce, 1 or 2 minced garlic cloves and a tsp of grated fresh ginger. The garnish of cilantro on the assembled burger is essential to me! Just a fabulous burger!!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious and easy! I used ground Turkey and pork and skipped the cheese! I might try making meatballs next time and throw in a bowl with noddles and julienned veggies