Taiwanese Breakfast Burger

According to our housemate this Taiwanese Breakfast Burger tastes like dumplings in a bun! We’ve cooked so much flavour right into the patty then topped it off with a crispy fried egg. Ready for breakfast?

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I know I know, I can hear you now. Burgers for breakfast?

100% YEP.

Also before we get started with today’s recipe, we just want to ask:

Have you ever been to Taiwan? Ever eaten a Taiwanese Breakfast Burger? If so, we want to hear from you!

You see, we weaved together our memories of our own Taiwanese Breakfast Burger experience with a little experimentation in the kitchen. But we’re keen to hear what you’ve discovered.

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A quick google search made us realise there’s nothing quite like this one online. The closest is Lady & Pup’s burger recipe, which is sorta-kinda-similarishhh… but the execution is totally different, and not at all like what we found that fine and sunny morning in Taiwan…

We’d just started the hunt for breakfast, and we were less than 100m away from our Airbnb when we found it: a tiny laneway ‘hole-in-the-wall’ with a huge line of hungry locals milling out front.

And trust us. In the world of street food, when you see that – you know you’re onto something good.

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We reached the head of the queue, coming face-to-face with a very busy woman cooking at her massive hot plate.

In rapid-fire Taiwanese she asked us what we wanted to order, but armed as we were with minimal local language, we could only grin and point and mime out “we’ll have one of those, and one of those, and a big coffee, thank you!” – and hope for the best.

Turns out we’d scored ourselves a creamy homemade coffee – served up in a takeaway cup with a straw – an amazing tuna and egg dan bing crepe smothered in sweet chilli soy sauce…

And this little beauty:

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The Taiwanese Breakfast Burger. Oh yes.

We had no idea of the flavour tucked inside that simple little burger bun.

Off we walked down a busy Taipei road, taking bites of burger and making mmming sounds as we shot questions back and forth to each other:

Laura: Oh my god what’s that flavour? Do you think it has Chinese five spice?
Sarah: Mm yeah I think so, but what’s that sauce?
Laura: Is it sweet chilli? Sriracha? No, not spicy enough.
Sarah: Wait, is it tomato sauce? Or ketchup? Seriously?
Laura: What is going on in this burger??
Sarah: Challenge accepted!

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Taiwanese Breakfast Burger

Now, to make our little breakfast burger experiment even more fun, we used our baby pink KitchenAid Artisan Mini to grind fresh pork loin into mince.

Having never done that ourselves before, we’re not ashamed to say we googled a few videos to figure out how to do it.

Happy to say it’s super easy, and in less than 5 minutes you’ll have your own perfectly minced meat from scratch. No more wondering about quality or fat content – you can control it all.

To our minced pork loin we added onion and carrot (also minced in the KitchenAid), Chinese five spice and a few other goodies that our tastebuds picked up from that life changing burger in Taiwan.

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So guys, what do you think? Leave a comment and let us know if you’ve had anything similar to this before. What spices or ingredients do you think work best?

Love burgers? Check out these tasty kewpie and bbq sauce laden Japanese Style Hamburgers. And don’t forget our other Taiwanese discovery – Dan Bing Tuna & Egg Crepes.

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Taiwanese Breakfast Burger
 
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According to our housemate these Taiwanese Breakfast Burger taste like dumplings in a bun! We’ve cooked so much flavour right into the patty then topped it off with a crispy fried egg. Ready for breakfast?
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Taiwanese
Serves: 6-8 burgers
Ingredients
To Assemble the Burger
  • 1 egg per person
  • bread buns/rolls
  • lettuce
  • tomato sauce
Instructions
  1. Let's go! First up, if you're starting with minced pork you can skip to step 3. Otherwise, attach the meat grinder to your KitchenAid with the fine grinder plate, and grind on Speed 4 into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Next, disassemble the grinder attachment and give everything a good rinse to remove any meat from the inner workings, then reattach the cleaned grinder with the course grinder plate. Grind the onion and carrot into the bowl with the pork, and mix well with your clean hands until the ingredients are nicely combined.
  3. Now it's time to rock your seasonings! Add in your soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, five-spice powder, salt and pepper and work it all through the mixture.
  4. If your mixture is too liquidy/sticky, add in breadcrumbs and cornflour a little bit at a time until the mixture is drier and combines smoothly.
  5. Grab a handful of mixture and roll it in your palms into a ball the size of your fist. Squish it down into a flat patty shape and set aside, then continue with the remaining mixture. You should end up with around 6-8 patties.
  6. Time to get cooking! Heat up the sunflower oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Add your patties and cook until nicely browned on one side, then flip and cook the other side. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into the same pan (if you have space) or another pan and fry to your liking.
To Assemble the Burger
  1. Cut open that breadroll and lets stuff it with deliciousness! We recommend layering as follows: Lettuce, egg, pork, tomato sauce.
  2. Serve immediately and get ready for a very good day! (Coffee is optional, but definitely recommended.) 😉

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10 Comments

  1. you’re missing the key ingredient… the Japanese mayonasise!

    I’m also looking for a recipe to replicate this. I’m not sure where you got this one, but it looks amazing. The ones I’m used to are smaller patties and served with sweet mayo, white pepper, sliced cucumbers, and ketchup.

    I made wifey try it for the first time and she got hooked.

    • Wandercooks

      26/01/2017 at 1:12 pm

      Haha awesome Rob, glad you guys enjoyed! We’ll definitely include the kewpie in our next rendition! 🙂

  2. This sounds incredible! Some of my favorite travel memories are finding small local restaurants and tasting dishes that I didn’t even know the names of. I love that you’re able to recreate the experience of the whole trip though this recipe–what a gift!

    • Wandercooks

      21/12/2016 at 10:29 am

      It’s seriously the best part about traveling isn’t it? We love being able to recreate those experiences at home – sometimes the tastebuds have better memories than us! 😛

  3. I’ve never heard of a breakfast burger. Certainly looks hearty!

  4. Dumplings a bun!? Yes please! Sounds absolutely fantastic. Lovely pictures!

    • Wandercooks

      21/12/2016 at 10:28 am

      Haha I know right? Could we ask for a better flavour combo? So glad we stumbled across these guys near our Airbnb. 😀

  5. Love the flavors in there! Asian food is one of my faves.

    • Wandercooks

      21/12/2016 at 10:26 am

      High five Jenn! There’s so much deliciousness in Asian cuisine isn’t there?

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