I’ve been buying a lot of ground pork lately because it has been on sale and I really love the change up from ground beef. When looking for a burger recipe, this one from the Food network caught my eye (ok, maybe the bacon in the recipe caught my eye).
5 slices bacon
1 clove garlic
1 lb. ground pork
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried rubbed sage
4 potato buns, split
Unsalted butter, softened, for spreading
Coleslaw, for topping
1. Pulse the bacon and garlic in a food processor until coarsely ground
2. Combine the ground pork, 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper and the sage in a large bowl. Add the bacon mixture and gently mix with your hands.
3. 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. Season the patties with pepper.
4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. 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.
5. Meanwhile, spread the cut sides of the buns with butter and toast on the grill.
6. Serve the patties on the buns, topped with coleslaw.
Sorry about the poor quality picture… my camera battery died just as I was about to take the picture so I had to use my cell phone instead.
And seriously? Bacon IN the pork patty. Amazing. That is all I have to say about that.
I have made this recipe twice already. The first time, the bacon went in the patty like the recipe says. The second time, I just put 2 Crispy No-Mess Oven-Baked Bacon slices on top of the patty, under the slaw, because I was too hungry to time everything out properly so I had everything going all at once. Here’s a picture of attempt 2:
I just used regular hamburger buns and I didn’t butter them. In the moment I was just so anxious to eat that I forgot about the butter (not that I really needed it anyways).
I did as suggested and topped my burger with coleslaw (with this homemade dressing) but you can obviously top it with the classics: tomato, lettuce, onion… However, I really enjoyed the flavour combination of the slightly salty burger patty (because of the bacon) and the creaminess of the mayonnaise based coleslaw. Just make sure to pile that coleslaw high and ensure a mess while eating.