Chinese 5 Spice Burgers with Spicy Mayo and Salsa

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Chinese 5 Spice Burgers with Spicy Mayo and Salsa


1 pound ground beef

1 pound ahi tuna

1 tablespoon Chinese 5 spice seasoning

1/3 cup chopped fresh mint and cilantro

3 spring onions

2 inches fresh ginger

Olive Oil

Fresh spinach leaves

4 Buns


For the mayonnaise spread


1/2 cup light mayo

1 tsp Chinese 5 spice seasoning

4 tablespoons garlic chilli sauce


For the salsa


1.5 large tomatoes, diced

1 ear of fresh corn, rinsed

1 small red onion, finely diced

1 Zest of 1 lime

Juice of 1 lime



Combine mayo dip ingredients and combine in a bowl.  Move to the fridge, and do the same with the salsa ingredients into a separate bowl.

Place into a food processor the ginger, spring onions, mint, cilantro, Chinese 5 spice, cod and the ground meat.  Process until combined.

Form the mix by hand 5 large burgers.

Coat each burger is olive oil.  Place on baking sheet.

Broil each side for around 3-5 minutes.  Be gentle otherwise they will crumble.

Serve with fresh spinach leaves in your buns with salsa and the spicy mayo.


This recipe came about because I can’t eat eggs.  I really wanted crab cakes but they need eggs to bind it together.  This was my solution.

I also tend towards Asian flavors so I incorporated Chinese 5 spice, cilantro and Asian garlic chili sauce.  I intentionally added a lot of the chili sauce to the mayo.  It’s the only part of the recipe that has any heat so I wanted to stand out.

I made Vietnamese pickled vegetables as a side for this meal.  Check back tomorrow for the recipe.

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