You may not know this about me yet, but grilling is my thing. I actually don't let my husband go near the grill. I love it..like really love it. I love the flavor it gives meat and veggies, the sizzle, the smells, and it is a low fat way to cook also!
While living in Texas, I had to go without a grill because we lived in an apartment and sure, I had a grill pan, but it is just not the same! It is a great alternative though as is an iron skillet!
Needless to say, as soon as we moved back to Louisiana one of the first things on the agenda was to go and buy a grill. Next, was to grill something of course. Not just anything, but one of my favorites...pork burgers! I really hold a special place in my heart for burgers in general actually. But where I live there is an amazing farmer's market and there is a farmer who sells the best ground pork, I have missed it so much. Don't worry though you can find ground pork in most grocery stores and meat markets as well!
You have to try these burgers out, they would be great for your Super Bowl party this weekend!
They are juicy and garlicky, and then you top them with the slaw and it's basically like throwing a party for your mouth. Oven fries become the perfect side that keeps this meal on the healthier side while satisfying that good ole burger craving that comes calling on a regular basis (well for me anyway).
You are absolutely going to love these burgers, I have gotten my whole family addicted to pork burgers.
So go out and buy yourself some ground pork and get to grilling!
- 2 Lb. Ground Pork
- 4 Garlic Cloves (minced or grated)
- 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire
- Salt and Pepper
- Burger Buns (I used a sesame whole wheat bun)
*BBQ sauce can be used as a condiment also for the burgers if the slaw isn't enough for you.
- 1/2 Head of Green Cabbage
- 1/2 Head of Red Cabbage
- 1/2 Red Onion
- 2 Large Carrots
- 1/4 Cup Cilantro
Cole Slaw Dressing-
- 3 Crushed Garlic Cloves
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
- 2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Cumin
- Salt and Pepper
- 3 Russet Potatoes
- 1-2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/4 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
-You will want to go ahead and make your slaw dressing so the flavors can combine while you are prepping the rest of the meal. Combine in a bowl your lime juice, cumin, crushed garlic cloves (this will allow the flavor to seep out into the mixture), salt and pepper, and then whisk in your veg. oil until well combined. Sit dressing to the side and allow time to marinate.
-In a food processor shred your cabbages, carrots, and slice your red onion and place in a large bowl. Next chop your cilantro finely and add to the other veggies. If you don't have a food processor just slice everything as thin as possible or grate on a grater.
(This slaw can be made the morning of or the night before also.)
-After the dressing mixture has sit for at least 15 minutes, but longer if possible pour over the slaw and toss to combine. Add just enough of the dressing to coat, but you may not need all of the mixture. Add a little more salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate while the burgers and fries cook.
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice your potatoes (skin on) in about 1/4 inch thick slices. Spray a pan with nonstick spray and place potatoes onto pan. Add your olive oil, cayenne, salt and pepper and toss to combine and spread onto a single layer on your pan (you may need to use two pans). This allows the fries to get crispy, which is what you want. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until fries are golden and have some crisp to them.
-Preheat your grill to med-high about 20 minutes into the fries cooking. Combine your ground pork, garlic, Worcestershire, salt and pepper and make sure seasonings are combined well throughout the meat. Form into 6 patties (if you are using 2 lbs of meat, this will make more if you do smaller patties). I then sprinkle a little more salt and pepper on top of each patty.
-Once your grill has some good heat, you can reduce the heat to medium and place your burgers on the grill. You will want to cook the burgers anywhere from 8-10 minutes on each side (pork has to be cooked through) flipping only once. If you start flipping back and forth your burgers will not be as juicy! Just be patient, you will be glad you did. And DON'T press on the burgers, you will definitely lose juices that way!
-For the last 2 minutes toast your buns on the grill until they have some good grill marks.
-Put everything on a table family style, and your guests can fix their own burger!
If you serve these burgers at your party or anytime really, make sure you like the people you are cooking for because they will more than likely want to come back to your house again and again!
They are delicious, healthy and a must try in my book!
Seriously, how gorgeous is that burger? It's a showstopper.
There is nothing left to say other than you have to make them...now!