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Taiwanese Breakfast Burgers – Asian Ground Pork Burgers

04/02/2021

These Taiwanese Breakfast Burgers taste like dumplings in a bun! Infused with Chinese 5 Spice straight into the ground pork patty, then topped with a crispy fried egg and smothered with tomato sauce.

Burger on a wooden chopping board with tomato sauce oozing out.

Why We Love This

I know I know, we can hear you now. Burgers for breakfast? 100% YES. If you’ve ever needed an excuse – this is it.

These are great to eat straight away, or make them up the night or morning before work and take them in for lunch or to eat in the car!

Two pork burgers on a wooden board.

What are Asian Ground Pork Burgers? 

Taiwanese Breakfast Burgers a quick “grab and go” style street food in Taipei, Taiwan. The minced pork patty is loaded with onion and carrot, then infused with Chinese five spice, soy sauce and Chinese cooking wine.

If you love burgers, check out these tasty kewpie and BBQ sauce laden Japanese Style Hamburgers too. Or amp up the flavours with our Korean Gochujang Chicken Burgers or Easy Thai Burgers!

Where We Learned This Recipe

We were in Taipei, Taiwan. We’d just started the hunt for breakfast, and we were less than 100m away from our quaint little 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 Mandarin 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:

A half eaten pork burger in Taipei, Taiwan.

Behold the Taiwanese Breakfast Burger. 

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 just regular tomato sauce? Or ketchup? Seriously?
Laura: What is going on in this burger?
Sarah: Challenge accepted!

What You’ll Need

  • Pork – Minced or ground pork is perfect for this recipe. If grinding the meat yourself, pork loin works great.
  • Sesame Oil – Brings a nice nuttiness to the meat, and pairs perfectly with the Chinese five spice.
  • Chinese Cooking Wine – Use any Chinese cooking wine here, or cooking sake if you have it on hand.
  • Five Spice Powder – This brings the big flavour punch to the dish. Find at most local supermarkets or online.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Use five spice powder sparingly – This is one spice mix which can easily overtake a dish. Half a teaspoon is all you need for the perfect blend in this recipe.
  • If the patties have too much liquid – Add in extra breadcrumbs and cornflour a little bit at a time until the mixture is drier and combines smoothly.
  • Swap the protein – If you’re not a fan of pork, try it with minced chicken or beef!
  • Storage – You can freeze the patties before or after cooking, between layers of baking paper in an airtight container. To thaw, leave out on the counter for an hour or two, then cook as normal or re-heat in the microwave if already cooked.

FAQs

What other sauces can I use on the burger?

If you’re not a fan of tomato sauce / ketchup, try it with Kewpie mayonnaise, hoisin sauce – or even a mix of the two. For something spicy, you can also add sriracha.

What else can I use pork mince for?

If you have leftover pork, whip it up into Indonesian satays, Japanese Gyoza Dumplings or Australian Sausage Rolls!

Hand holding a small pork burger with egg and lettuce on a sesame seed bun.

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Hand holding a small pork burger with egg and lettuce on a sesame seed bun.

Taiwanese Breakfast Burgers – Asian Ground Pork Burgers

These Taiwanese Breakfast Burgers taste like dumplings in a bun! Infused with Chinese 5 Spice straight into the ground pork patty, then topped with a crispy fried egg and smothered with tomato sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Taiwanese
Servings: 6 burgers
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $10

Ingredients

To Assemble the Burger

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the minced pork, onion and carrot into the bowl. Next, add in the soy sauce, sesame oil, Chinese cooking wine, five spice powder, cornstarch and breadcrumbs. Work everything through with your hands until well combined.
    500 g pork, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 tbsp cornstarch / cornflour, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine, ½ tsp five-spice powder, 3 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 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 pop on a plate, then continue with the remaining mixture. You should end up with around 6-8 patties.
  • Time to get cooking! Heat up the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add your patties and cook until nicely browned on one side (3-5 minutes), then flip and cook the other side for the same time. Meanwhile, crack the eggs and butter into the another frying pan and cook to your liking.
    2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 egg, 1 tbsp butter

To assemble the burger:

  • Cut open the bread rolls or burger buns and layer with lettuce, egg, pork patty and tomato sauce. Serve hot.
    bread rolls or burger buns, lettuce, tomato sauce / ketchup

Recipe Notes

  • Use five spice powder sparingly – This is one spice mix which can easily overtake a dish. Half a teaspoon is all you need for the perfect blend in this recipe.
  • If the patties have too much liquid – Add in extra breadcrumbs and cornflour a little bit at a time until the mixture is drier and combines smoothly.
  • Swap the protein – If you’re not a fan of pork, try it with minced chicken or beef!
  • Storage – You can freeze the patties before or after cooking, between layers of baking paper in an airtight container. To thaw, leave out on the counter for an hour or two, then cook as normal or re-heat in the microwave if already cooked.
  • Ingredients:
    • Pork – Minced or ground pork is perfect for this recipe. If grinding the meat yourself, pork loin works great.
    • Sesame Oil – Brings a nice nuttiness to the meat, and pairs perfectly with the Chinese five spice.
    • Chinese Cooking Wine – Use any Chinese cooking wine here, or cooking sake if you have it on hand.
    • Five Spice Powder – This brings the big flavour punch to the dish. Find at most local supermarkets or online.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Taiwanese Breakfast Burgers – Asian Ground Pork Burgers
Amount per Serving
Calories
322
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
24
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Cholesterol
 
87
mg
29
%
Sodium
 
437
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
331
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
17
g
34
%
Vitamin A
 
1738
IU
35
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
35
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    10/03/2021 at 4:34 am

    5 stars
    Wow… The burger is my favorite. I love to eat burgers. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Keep sharing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/03/2021 at 10:48 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Reply
    Adrianne
    06/10/2019 at 8:39 pm

    5 stars
    Oh yum!! This is my kind of breakfast burger!! Love it. That sauce dropping out the side, oh boy, wow, I am salivating a little. Great work, thanks!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/10/2019 at 4:31 pm

      Haha so were we when it was cooking – so annoying when the camera has to eat first. XD

  • Reply
    Rob
    26/01/2017 at 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    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.

    • Reply
      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! 🙂

  • Reply
    Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com
    14/12/2016 at 5:18 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      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! 😛

  • Reply
    Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
    14/12/2016 at 2:36 pm

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

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      21/12/2016 at 10:28 am

      Well then life’s about to get a whole lot delicious-er Amy! 😛

  • Reply
    valentina
    14/12/2016 at 1:34 pm

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

    • Reply
      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. 😀

  • Reply
    Jenn
    14/12/2016 at 1:24 pm

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

    • Reply
      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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