You know that game where you have to (hypothetically) choose only one food to eat for the rest of your life? Well, for me, it would probably be a burger. I absolutely love them—and I love the fact that they are so versatile. Sure, I love a good beef burger any day, but I’ve had some amazing ones made out of turkey, chicken, bison … heck, even lamb or pork.
Given my penchant for burgers, I thought I’d start sharing some of my favorite burger recipes on a regular basis. A “Burger of the Month” feature, if you will. The burgers I’ll share will be my tried and true favorites—staples in our house. And this month, we’re starting with a new favorite that’s been in rotation on the weekly menu as of late: a Bahn Mi Burger.
If you’ve never had a Bahn Mi, it’s a Vietnamese-style sandwich typically served on a baguette. The meat can range from various types of pork—like meatballs, grilled pork or pork cold cuts—to chicken to tofu. The toppings are, in my opinion, what lend the sandwich its unique flavor. They usually include pickled vegetables like carrots or daikon (radishes), thinly sliced chilies, cucumber, cilantro and mayo. It’s a salty-meets-spicy-meets-sweet-and-sour kind of flavor. It’s delicious.
Before I moved to Chicago years ago, I had never even heard of a Bahn Mi, let alone tried one. But the great thing about living in that city is access to a seriously diverse and amazing mix of foods. On a whim one day, when the hubz (then boyfriend) was traveling for work I tried out a little Vietnamese café in our neighborhood and had my first Bahn Mi. I was a little overwhelmed by the choices. Do I get meatballs or chicken or BBQ pork? I went with the “safe” choice and tried chicken, ultimately. I was a little nervous I wouldn’t like it, but it turned out to be absolutely delicious.