Sometimes I want something different than our regular hamburgers. I had a package of ground pork in the freezer so I asked my husband if he wanted me to make pork burgers, and he asked me if I was going to put cracker dust in them, at which point I remembered I had made them that way before, but didn’t care for them. I thought they were too dry. So I looked up a few recipes, already knowing that I was going to put Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in them like I do when I make ground beef burgers, and came across one that had bacon in the mixture! You know my love of bacon, right? If you don’t this is probably your first time visiting here. I showed the recipe to the husband and told him I was going to adapt this one, and he agreed, so off to the kitchen I went.
I loved the addition of bacon in them, I thought it gave them a fabulous flavor. I think a smoked bacon would give them a nice, smoky flavor and would be great on the grill next summer. I cooked them on the stove in my ribbed cast iron pan this time. Sorry, I don’t grill when it’s below 40 degrees out.
Ground Pork Burgers – adapted from Food Network Perfect Pork Burgers
1 pound ground pork
5 slices uncooked bacon
2 cloves garlic
2 dried sage leaves, crumbled ( about 1/2 teaspoon ground sage)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
heaping 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 burger buns
thinly sliced Cheddar cheese (optional)
lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced onion, for topping (optional)
Directions: Process the bacon and garlic cloves in a food processor until well ground. In a large bowl combine the ground pork, egg, dried sage, salt and pepper. Add the bacon mixture and mix well using clean hands.
Shape into equal patties. Preheat a grill or a ribbed cast iron pan over medium high heat. Grill the patties for 5 minutes or until marked on the bottoms, then turn and grill for 5 minutes more. Turn the heat down to low, top with the sliced cheddar, and continue to cook until the cheese is melted. Serve on your choice of bun with desired toppings.