Banh Mi Burger

I think I just made the best burger I’ve ever tasted. I’m not exaggerating. The flavor…amazing…just amazing!! I could have eaten two of them. I didn’t do it though, I really didn’t. No one believes me.

So, here’s the thing, I probably wouldn’t have made this if it wasn’t for Johnsonville having a “No Ordinary Burger Contest ~ Grand Prize $10,000! . I had to think out of the box…what would go well with patties made of sausage….banh mi of course!! It’s a no-brainer.

If you have never tried a traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwich and you love spicy pork, fresh flavors and good taste…run somewhere and get one. Or, just make this. It is so good, I am still thinking about it. And it will now be a staple in this household. “Banh mi” itself only means bread without any fillings, but the term is used to refer to a type of meat-filled sandwich found in Vietnamese bakeries just about everywhere.

Here’s the best part, one of the most important aspects of the banh mi is getting the seasoning right on the meat. It has to be spicy and it has to have flavor. It’s hard to do because the pork is raw when you are seasoning it…therefore, you can’t taste it. Problem solved with Johnsonville’s new Italian Sausage Patties. Just throw them on the grill and worry about the fixins’ for the burger instead. The seasoning is already perfect, you will see

I chose to flavor this burger with a chile-mayonnaise, thinly sliced cucumber, mint, cilantro, pickled carrots and jalapeno. It’s really an amazing combination of flavors. I even brushed toasted sesame oil on the buns before I made them golden brown in the toaster oven….don’t leave this step out.

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I hope you can all try these patties and when you do, enter the contest, you could win $10,000! Here is the link for the product locator from Johnsonville so you can find these patties in your area.

If you want to see me cook this burger on TV, vote for me here!

Print Recipe

Banh Mi Burger

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: 6


  • 1-1/2 cups carrots, cut as matchsticks (you can buy these as matchsticks or cut them yourself)
  • 3 jalapenos, sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups seasoned rice vinegar

Chili-Garlic Mayonnaise

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 4 teaspoons chile garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce


  • 6 Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage Patties
  • 6 white bread buns, good quality
  • toasted sesame oil


  • 1-1/2 cups thinly sliced cucumber
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves


  • Place carrots and jalapenos in a medium bowl, pour in seasoned rice vinegar and let sit during burger prep and cooking; at least 30 minutes. Could also be made the day ahead.
  • Combine all ingredients for the chili-garlic mayonnaise in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Prepare burger toppings, such as cilantro, cucumbers and mint leaves. Set aside.
  • Grill patties according to package directions. Brush sesame oil on buns and toast until golden brown.
  • Spread chili-garlic mayonnaise on the bottom bun, place sliced cucumbers, mint leaves and cilantro leaves on top of the mayo. Place cooked patty on top of cilantro leaves and top with pickled carrots and jalapenos. Spread more mayo on top bun and place bun on top of carrots and jalapenos. Serve.

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Disclosure: I have a working relationship with Johnsonville and create recipes using their products. However, all opinions are my own.

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9 Comments and 7 Replies

  1. Barbie with a T 1

    I have never heard of an Asian burger before. All of our Asian restaurants do not even have bread of any kind. Sounds like an excellent way to serve up a burger, though. I love the cilantro and mint addition to the burger. I must try it one day soon.

    • Cathy 2

      Hi Barbie- Yes, it’s so good. Banh mi is only found in Vietnamese restaurants and they do not serve it as a burger, but as a sandwich.

  2. absolutely love this ‘outside the box’ idea!

  3. Kindra 5

    I have been playing around with an idea like this and with your post, i think it’s about darn time i get off my hinney and do it! Watch out grill, here i come!!

  4. Sounds really tasty. I love banh-mi! Sadly, I don’t think we can get Johnsonville patties here in Canada, so I’ll just have to content myself with staring longingly at your pictures. And maybe going to my favourite Vietnamese restaurant.

  5. Tasty indeed!

    You remind me that I’ll be back working in NYC soon with the banh mi shop right nearby. I can’t wait to be back, but I’ll happily have the burger while I wait!

  6. brenda s 'okie in colorado' 10

    This is definitely on the weekend menu! Love bahn mi.

  7. Harrison 12

    Here’s a link to the recipe on the Johnsonville contest website! You’ve got my vote! Banh-mi sandwiches are easily in my top 3 favorite sandwiches.

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  8. karen leo 14

    What a delicious new twist……I have a son who would love this. Very adventurous.

  9. Julie 15

    Hi, I was browsing and came upon this recipe and was really excited to see a different twist on a childhood favorite of mine :) I wanted to comment that Vietnamese banh mi have an array of different fillings to choose from and it doesn’t have to only be pork…in fact the pork sandwiches which are called banh mi dac biet has BBQ pork and a pork meatloaf in it. there are also sandwiches that have a simple shredded chicken filling and even BBQ beef. you can put almost any kind of poultry or beef/pork along with the pickled carrots, daikon, fresh jalapeño, and cilantro to create banh mi. oh, and the breaded traditionally used are French baguettes or bread loaf similar that is a bit more wide. I live in southern california 5 minutes from little Saigon so I eat banh mi a lot and I love it :)


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