It’s 4th of July weekend and time to light up the grill! Although things are looking a little different this year, we still plan to BBQ to keep some holiday traditions alive. These gourmet banh mi hot dogs are far from ordinary! I was first introduced to the banh mi sandwich on my trip to Vietnam a few years ago. Not only is Vietnam a beautiful country, but the food is unbelievable. The traditional banh mi sandwich uses French bread as the base. The French bread is one of the many French influences in Vietnamese cuisine.
One of the most memorable parts of my trip to Vietnam was the customer service. As we were about to depart our hotel to the airport, I asked the concierge where the best banh mi sandwiches are in the city. Without hesitation, he hopped on his bike and came back moments later with the best banh mi sandwich and refused our money. This would never happen in America. I will always remember how good it was and appreciate how kind and generous the people were!
What is a Banh Mi Sandwich?
Banh mi actually means bread in Vietnamese. It is a staple street food in Vietnam and commonly eaten for breakfast or lunch. The sandwich often has thinly slices of pork and is topped with fresh cilantro, cucumber, pickled carrots, and mayo. Talk about breakfast of champions!
The best way to grill bratwursts?
Turn the grill to medium heat. It is important to do a slower cook method on sausages to prevent the casing from cracking. Place sausages on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning once. You want the internal temperature to be at least 165 degrees F.
Banh Mi Bratwursts with Sriracha Mayo
- 8 bratwursts
- 8 hot dog buns
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/2 cucumber, diced into half moons
- 1 jalapenos, thinly sliced
- 2 cups shredded carrots (pre-shredded/store-bought)
- 3/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
Sriracha Lime Mayo
- 3/4 cup mayo
- 1 tbsp sriracha hot sauce
- 1/2 tbsp lime juice
- In a small sauce pan, bring the water, sugar, and salt to a simmer. Pour over shredded carrots in a glass or heat resistant bowl. Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (max 7 days).
- Whisk the mayo, sriracha, and lime juice in a small bowl and set aside.
Bratwursts and Assembly
- Preheat the grill to medium heat. You can also cook in a skillet or in an oven (400 degrees F).
- Cook the bratwursts for 10-15 minutes or until 165 degrees F in the center.
- Assemble hot dogs with fresh cilantro, cucumber, sriracha mayo, pickled cucumber and fresh jalapeno.