Sunday, August 24, 2014

Banh Mi Burger for #WeekdaySupper

Banh Mi Burger for #WeekdaySupper

Before I begin with my dish, please first let me explain my absence in the last two weeks: I have been busy packing my things for a move. As you're reading this, I'm spending my first full day as a metro Seattle resident. Mrs. Stuntman and I decided to relocate primarily because I had been living in one of the most expensive regions in the country. Why Seattle? It's a short plane ride away from my daughter's grandparents, better schools than in California and the region's reputation for coffee and seafood. I also respectfully request a couple of weeks to get settled before I publish new dishes here.

Earlier this month, I published a sirloin steak dish for #SundaySupper sponsored by The Beef Checkoff so I chose a different cut of beef to display the flexibility of beef, this time for an evening after returning home from the office. In case you haven't already, please 'Like' them on facebook in addition to following them on twitter, pinterest and #SundaySupper's own beef pinterest board. In the interest of full disclosure, this post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own. This dish is not traditional, by any means, but has been adapted from the traditional Vietnamese version.

The Challenge

Demonstrate the versatility of beef in a dish appropriate for a weeknight preparation.

The Source

Adapted from a recipe found on Food & Wine magazine's website. I reduced the amount of spice by omitting the jalapeƱos and decreased the amount of Tobasco because I don't like heavily spiced foods.


1/2 cup julienned carrots
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Tobasco
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I recommend an 80/20 mixture)
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
1 24-inch baguette, quartered crosswise, then each quarter cut in half length-wise
Cilantro sprigs, for garnish


1. Finish the mise en place. Preheat the oven to 400⁰ Fahrenheit. Combine the carrots, rice vinegar and sugar in a small bowl and let them steep for 10 minutes. Then remove the carrots with a slotted spoon to set aside and discard the pickling fluid.

In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Tobasco, tomato paste and garlic, then season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Separately, combine the ground beef and the curry powder then season with salt and pepper. Form the ground beef mixture into four oval-shaped patties, approximately 6 inches long and 1 inch in length. In addition, spread the butter on the cut side of each piece of baguette.

2. Cook the burgers and toast the baguette. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the burger patties and cook, turning once, approximately 6 minutes per side for medium doneness. While the burgers cook, place each baguette piece on a foil-lined sheet tray, cut side up, and place in the oven, toasting the baguette until lightly browned, approximately 5 minutes.

3. Assemble the burgers. Spread the seasoned mayonnaise onto each baguette half and top one slice with a burger patty. Garnish with the pickled carrots and cilantro sprigs, then top each burger with the remaining halves and serve hot.


Despite it not being traditional, it was one of the most well balanced burgers I've prepared. The spice in the mayonnaise balanced out the acidity of the carrots and the savory burger patty. I'll definitely repeat.

Before you go, I present a preview of the other #WeekdaySupper dishes that will appear later in the week. Please check them out.

Sunday Supper Movement


  1. I really like all the spices in this burger. I'd add the jalapeƱo to mine since I like spicy food.

  2. I hope the move went well - I've been keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I love banh-mi! I've never tried it with beef before, so this will be a nice change! Thanks for sharing, DB :)

  3. I thought Seattle was on par with the Bay Area in terms of cost of living? My husband and I are constantly talking about moving somewhere more affordable than the area that we're in (Northern NJ). But the thought of moving AGAIN just does not appeal to me. Congrats on your new home!

    BTW, this bahn mi looks and sounds amazing!

  4. Usually banh mi recipes intimidate me with all the different components but this, I can do. Your sandwich looks absolutely delicious, DB! And don't be too hard on the photos - they still look good to me! I'm so excited you're in Seattle now. When you're all settled in, Tony and I will come and crash your place and lurk around until dinnertime ;)

  5. I've always wanted to make "banh mi" anything! Your delicious burgers look like the perfect way to start!!!

  6. We just moved this past Monday. What a job! And we just moved three miles away. Banh Mi Burger burger has been on my list of "things to make" for a couple of years now. One....of....these....days. :)


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