I have experimented with several different pork burgers over the years, and have never found one that I really really loved ..... until this week! I found this recipe for pork burgers on Food Network and decided to give it a go. And WOW, we were surprised how amazing they are! We made them again for a large family function and got two thumbs' up!
Confession: I am maybe not the biggest bacon fan on the planet (even though our bacon is second to none!) I enjoy one piece every now and then, but more than that can be a little rich for me. Because the bacon is ground up and then mixed into the ground pork, it leaves you with just the right amount of bacony-goodness. Add a little earthy sage, and these burgers have the perfect burger flavor. But because of the added fat from the bacon, take care grilling them as we did have a few flames shooting up.
Coleslaw is the perfect condiment for these burgers, adding creaminess - and just a little sweet to compliment the salt. You won't even need ketchup or mustard!
5 slices bacon
1 fresh clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground pork
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 t. dried rubbed sage
1 package coleslaw
1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
1 t. apple cider vinegar
1 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. honey
1/2 T. olive oil
1/2 t. celery seed
1. Mix Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, olive oil, and celery seed in medium-sized bowl. Add coleslaw; mix to cover. Refrigerate until burgers are ready.
1. Pulse the bacon and garlic in a food processor until coarsely ground (and resembles ground pork.)
2. Combine the ground pork, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the sage in a large bowl. Add the bacon mixture and gently mix with your hands. Gently form the meat into 4 balls, then lightly press into 4-inch-wide, 1-inch-thick patties. Make a 2-inch-wide indentation in the center of each with your thumb to prevent the burgers from bulging when grilled.
3. Preheat a grill to medium high. Grill, undisturbed, until marked on the bottom, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn and grill until the other side is marked and the patties feel firm, 4 to 6 more minutes.
4. Serve the patties on the buns; top with coleslaw.
Recipes by Katrina
If I'm not doing chores, running kids around, or working, you are sure to find me in my kitchen! Feeding my family well is one of my favorite ways I love them. I am also a registered dietitian, so I tend toward recipes that feature whole foods bursting with flavor!