Packed with flavor, these Chipotle-Spiced Grilled Ground Pork Burgers are fast and easy to make and sure to satisfy. No boring pork burgers here!
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When you see those packages of bulk ground pork at the store and wonder what you'd ever do with that much pork, here's your very delicious answer.
If you've never had pork burgers, you're in for a real treat! They go together super fast, and you can either grill 'em up or opt to pan fry them.
Truth be told, I prefer these burgers over traditional beef burgers! They're packed with flavor, and I love to grill some red and yellow bell peppers to go along with them as a condiment.
Serve them up with french fries or this great Bacon Dill Potato Salad, and you've got yourself an all-around yummy meal.
Pork internal cooking temperature - important!
The USDA recommends cooking pork to an internal temperature of 145 °F. Yes, gone are the days of overcooking pork to 160, which results in tough, dry meat. Stick to the new recommended temperature (as of 2011) and your pork will be tender and juicy every time.
ThermoPro makes great instant-read thermometers, and they've got a good variety and price range to choose from, too.
Use any or all of your favorite toppings! I love roasted bell peppers with these burgers, because they add a hint of sweetness for a nice contrast to all the savory flavors. I just toss the peppers on the grill at the same time I put the burgers on. Here's some more toppings:
- Lettuce, tomato and onion
- Cheese - this burger really tastes delicious with some feta cheese on top
- Ketchup, mustard and mayo
- Fried or poached egg
- Roasted red and yellow bell peppers
- Hot sauce
So, are you considering the roasted peppers? Super simple. Just chop off the tops, core and seed them and slice them into 1" (or so) strips. Toss them on the grill when you put the burgers on and they'll be ready when the burgers are.
What to serve with grilled pork burgers
Seriously, my favorite side for any kind of burger is french fries. But if you want to try some other really great sides, here are some favs that go great with burgers:
How to make chipotle-spiced grilled pork burgers
- Ground pork
- Potato flakes - seriously, they bind just as well as bread crumbs and oatmeal but they won't absorb as much moisture, leaving your pork burgers nice and juicy
- Cheese (I stuff mine with grated cheddar)
- Chipotle paste (or a touch of cayenne pepper)
- Ground sage
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper
- Combine all the ingredients except the feta cheese in a bowl and mix well until thoroughly blended. I find using my hands does the best job.
- For one pound of ground, I make four patties. You can go bigger and make three if you like!
- Fire up the grill and cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 °F, turning once. Top with the feta cheese after turning.
- Remove them from the heat and let them rest about five minutes, then dress them up and dive in!
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Chipotle-Spiced Grilled Pork Burgers
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 egg
- ½ cup potato flakes
- 1 teaspoon chipotle paste or chili powder, add more or less, to your preference
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground sage or ½ teaspoon dried, powdered sage
- ¼ cup sliced or crumbled feta cheese
- Combine all the ingredients except the feta cheese in a bowl. Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly and evenly blended.
- Divide the mixture into four even sections. Form each into patties to the thickeness and roundless you prefer. If desired, you can make larger patties by dividing the mixture into thirds, or even halves.
- Heat the grill to medium-high. Add the patties directly to the grill and cook for about 4 minutes each side. After you flip them, top them with the feta cheese. Your cook time will depend on the size of your patties. Use an instant-read thermometer to monitor the patties, the idea USDA-recommended internal temperature should be 145℉.
- Remove them from the heat, allow them to rest about 5 minutes, covered lightly, then dress them on buns and enjoy.