C – Jim didn’t really want me to make this burger.
He thought we had already made a pork burger. Yup, we did. But, this one is different. A lot different. Jim made the Pork-a-Palooza sliders. They were delicious, rich and very filling … really good. I wanted to make my own pork burger. A lighter version … maybe. Do we have a competition here?
It all started one day when there was a sale on ground pork. I can’t resist a sale! But, what the heck was I going to do with ground pork? Well, lots of things. Meatloaf came to mind.
But, I was cooking for my boyfriend and he doesn’t have an oven. I had to make something else. Pork burgers were the final result.
This isn’t a burger made with just pork meat. It’s almost a meatloaf. Ground pork with mushrooms, onions, Parmesan cheese, egg and panko bread crumbs. All mixed together to make a taste explosion in your mouth.
I was happy and satisfied when I ate this one. It was good … really good. Pork can be dry and almost flavorless, all by itself. Especially, since most people tend to overcook it. This combination, almost a meatloaf, keeps it nice and moist. It made the burger light. Not dense like a meat-only burger would have been.
- ½ pound mushrooms, chopped
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp butter, unsalted
- 6 sage leaves
- 2 burger buns, toasted
- Homemade mayonnaise
- Homemade mustard
- ½ onion, sliced
- 2 lettuce leaves
- In a medium saute pan on medium high heat, place 1 tablespoon canola oil and mushrooms into pan. Cook until mushrooms have softened. About 3 minutes.
- Add onions. Cook until both mushrooms and onions are golden brown. About 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, place pork, egg, panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and mushroom/onion mixture in to bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix until well combined. Do not over mix.
- Form two to three patties depending on the size that you want.
- Place 1 tablespoon of butter in to a saute pan on medium heat. Add sage leaves. Let melt and turn brown.
- Add patties into saute pan. Cook for 2 minutes. Turn patties over and cover saute pan. Cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and let rest for a few minutes.
- Place mustard on top side of the bun.
- Place mayonnaise on the bottom half of the bun.
- Top bottom with a patty.
- Top with onions slices.
- Top with lettuce leaves.
- Top with top of the bun.
- Serve with fries and pickles.
Jim liked it, too. Although, I think, maybe his Pork-a-Palooza sliders are still his favorite.
Next time, Jim, I WILL win you over. I will prevail. Yeah, I am a bit competitive. Just a tiny bit.