While growing up in the country when I was young had it’s ups and downs, one of the advantages of having livestock was the fresh meat we were able to have as a family. All the hard work of raising animals and the time and energy spent making sure that they were feed and cared for was worth it. We raised chickens, beef and pigs. Pork meat was always one of our favorite meats for a meal, whether it was a thick juicy pork chop or thick cut smoked bacon. However my favorite was when we would cook up some pork burgers.
Pork burgers are simple to make and it won’t cost much more than lean ground beef, the taste is a nice change from the standard hamburger and the preparation is super easy. You don’t need to add a whole bunch of fillers to the meat either, it holds up on its’ own. The only thing I add is my own pork seasoning blend during cooking, that’s all. Now I know one of the complaints that people have with pork is that it can be dry but in my opinion that is because most people over cook there pork. You should never cook pork without using an instant read thermometer, a well cooked pork burger is done when it’s internal temperature is 160 F degrees. This is normally achieved by cooking over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes on each side.
Just like hamburgers there are many different options when deciding what to top your pork burger with, I prefer to keep it hearty and simple. A thick slice of tomato and red onion on a whole grain Ciabatta bun sounded great this time. I also made a mayonnaise spread with the pork seasoning, check it out in the recipe below.
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 medium red onion
- 1 red tomato
- 1 package multigrain ciabatta sandwich rolls
- 5 teaspoons Seasoned Salt
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 2 Tablespoon Hellmann's mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon Pork Seasoning Blend
- Make your pork patties about ½" thick (1/4# per burger)
- Liberally apply pork seasoning
- Grill for 5-7 minutes each side or until internal temperature is 160 F
- Let burgers rest for 10 minutes
- Serve with your choice of buns and toppings
Have you tried Pork Burgers? How do you change up the usual burger meal?