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?
I know I know, I can hear you now. Burgers for breakfast?
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.
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:
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!
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.
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?
- 500 g pork, diced
- 1 brown onion, quartered
- 1 carrot, diced into small pieces
- 3 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp corn flour
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp Chinese cooking rice wine
- ½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- pinch salt
- pinch white pepper
- pinch black pepper
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil (for cooking)
- 1 egg per person
- bread buns/rolls
- tomato sauce
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cut open that breadroll and lets stuff it with deliciousness! We recommend layering as follows: Lettuce, egg, pork, tomato sauce.
- Serve immediately and get ready for a very good day! (Coffee is optional, but definitely recommended.) 😉