Pork Mince Burgers with Coconut Relish

Pork burgers with Thai tomato and coconut relish

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Check out these pork burgers with punchy Thai flavours, topped with a cooling zesty coconut relish. These easy pork burgers come from chef Scott Hallsworth's Asian junk-food restaurant, Freak Scene



  • pork belly mince 250g, (see notes below)
  • vegetable oil 1 tbsp
  • iceberg lettuce 4 leaves
  • aïoli from a jar 4 tbsp
  • coriander a few leaves
  • mint a few leaves
  • red chilli sliced to serve (optional)


  • tomatoes 250g, ripe
  • extra-virgin coconut oil 50ml
  • lemongrass 1 stick
  • lime leaves 3
  • fish sauce 2 tbsp
  • palm or soft light brown sugar 1 tbsp
  • bird’s-eye chillies 2


  • garlic 4 cloves, chopped
  • ground turmeric a pinch
  • caster sugar 50g
  • soy sauce 4 tbsp
  • coriander a small bunch, chopped
  • bird’s-eye chillies 4
  • lime leaves 6, stalks removed
  • Thai red curry paste 1 tbsp
  • ginger a thumb-sized piece, peeled


  • Step 1

    For the relish, heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6, put all of the ingredients onto a baking tray and toss. Cook for 20 minutes, then cover and cool to room temperature. Remove the lime leaves and lemongrass, and mix well. This will make a little more than you need, but will keep in the fridge for a week.

  • Step 2

    Put all of the Thai paste ingredients into a food processor and whizz to a purée. Tip into a bowl with the pork mince and mix well. Form into 4 patties then cover and chill for at least an hour.

  • Step 3

    Heat a non-stick frying pan with a splash of vegetable oil, then cook the patties for 6-7 minutes on each side or until really caramelised and cooked through.

  • Step 4

    Put a large spoonful of the relish into each lettuce cup, top with the patty, a little aïoli, coriander and mint leaves, and slices of chilli.

Ask a good butcher to mince the pork belly for you.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 757
  • Fat 70.8g
  • Saturates 19g
  • Carbs 21g
  • Sugars 18.9g
  • Fibre 1.2g
  • Protein 8.3g
  • Salt 3g