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Vietnamese-Style Banh Mi Burgers

"Is this an American take on a Vietnamese classic or a Vietnamese take on an American classic? Either way, these spicy burgers topped with Tabasco-spiked mayonnaise, slivers of crunchy pickled carrots and sprigs of cilantro are wonderful. "
Course Entrées
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 carrots coarsely shredded
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 24-inch baguette quartered crosswise and split
  • 2 pickled jalapeños thinly sliced
  • 12 cilantro sprigs

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°. In a small bowl, toss the carrots with the rice vinegar and sugar and let stand for 10 minutes; drain.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the Tabasco, tomato paste and garlic and season with salt and pepper.
  • Form the meat into four 6-inch-long oval patties, about 1 inch thick. Season with the curry powder and salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Cook the patties over moderate heat, turning once, until medium, about 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, spread the butter on the cut sides of the baguette. Set the bread cut side up on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, until lightly toasted. Spread the Tabasco-spiked mayonnaise on the bread and top each baguette section with a burger patty, pickled shredded carrots, pickled jalapeño slices and cilantro sprigs. Close the sandwiches and serve hot.

Notes

Note: The Tabasco mayonnaise and pickled shredded carrots can be refrigerated for up to 2 days
Courtesy of Joanne Chang (Food & Wine).
Keyword Banh Mi, burgers, recipe, summer
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