Recipe: Cilantro and Caramelized Onion Pork Burgers

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
  • mayonnaise
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • Crispy onions (you know, the store-bought ones)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Super yummy Cilantro and Caramelized Onion Pork Burgers

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