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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.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Taiwanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 burgers
Calories 322kcal
Cost $10


To Assemble the Burger


  • 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.
  • 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.

To assemble the burger:

  • Cut open the bread rolls and get ready to layer! We recommend layering as follows: Lettuce, egg, pork, tomato sauce.
  • Serve immediately while hot! (Serving with coffee is optional, but definitely recommended)


  • 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.


Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1738IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg