Alright, since I’ve got the time today, I figured I may as well post another recipe for you. This one was created when I found a package of lean ground pork in the freezer. Measurements are approximate. Because that’s just how I cook.
Cilantro and Caramelized Onion Pork Burgers
- 2 tbsps vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 lb lean ground pork
- 1 Vidalia onion, finely chopped
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsps pineapple juice
- bread crumbs
- salt and pepper
- bacon, cooked to your liking (keep some of the bacon fat)
- 6 pineapple slices
- 6 slices jalapeno Havarti
- 6 onion poppy seed buns
- Crispy onions (you know, the store-bought ones)
- In a heavy sautee pan, heat the vegetable oil and butter over low-medium heat. Add the onions and cook until the onions are a nice golden brown colour, and have a sweet, slightly nutty aroma. This will take about 30 minutes. You don’t want to cook them too quickly because they will end up burning. Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a bowl, combine the ground pork, chopped cilantro, garlic, caramelized onions, pineapple juice, egg, bread crumbs, and salt and pepper. Divide the meat mixture into 6 balls and shape each into a patty. Put the patties on a plate, cover, and refrigerate until ready to cook.
- Cook the patties using a method of your choosing (BBQ, frying pan, oven). I used a BBQ. While the patties are cooking, heat up your bacon fat over medium heat, and fry the pineapple slices on both sides.
- To serve, slice the onion buns in half, put mayonnaise on both halves. On the bottom half layer the following: a pork patty, a slice of Havarti, a slice of pineapple, and bacon. Garnish with tomato, lettuce, and crispy onions if desired. Chow down.