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These sweet and spicy Pork Burgers are a crowd pleaser in grilling season. Ground pork creates a tender, flavorful burger that is topped with grilled sweet peppers and spicy guacamole. These ground pork burgers are easy and a great meal for a bbq or warm weather get-together. 

Pork Burgers with Guacamole

PORK BURGERS

My love for grilling season is deep. 

One of my favorite things to do during the warmer months is to put burgers, like today’s Pork Burgers, on the grill and enjoy a night with my family in the backyard. We always set out a variety of salads, dips and summer drinks to enjoy alongside these sweet and spicy Pork Burgers. It is not only an easy meal, it is fresh and delicious. 

When people think of burgers they often overlook using ground pork which is a shame. The Ohio Pork Council and I are teaming up today to bring you this mouthwatering Pork Burger recipe. Ground pork creates a great base for a burger and offers a nice change from the typical burgers that are made in the warm months. 

Pork Burgers with sweet peppers

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE PORK BURGERS?

GROUND PORK: The star of this burger recipe is ground pork. Ground pork packs great protein and is lean.   

BBQ RUB OR SPICE MIXTURE: The flavor of this burger comes from the bbq rub that you use. I have a favorite local rub that I use but you can also make your own rub to use. 

GUACAMOLE: The topping for this burger is the guacamole. There’s nothing like topping a pork burger with creamy guacamole. I like to add jalapeños to mine for some heat. 

GRILLED SWEET PEPPERS: I love grilling baby sweet peppers to add to my burgers. You can use any pepper you like — poblanos or any color bell pepper work nicely. 

PEPPER JACK CHEESE: The pepper jack cheese is a great addition to this burger. It offers the creaminess of the cheese along with a bit of spice. 

Pork Burgers with bun

HOW DO YOU MAKE PORK BURGERS?

When making these pork burgers you will have three main parts to the burger: the ground pork  burgers, the guacamole and the grilled mini sweet peppers. 

PORK BURGER: In a large mixing bowl combine the ground pork, egg, red onion, Worcestershire sauce, rub, yellow mustard, olive oil, cilantro and salt and pepper and use your hands to mix everything together. Form the pork into 3 to 3 1/2 oz. burgers. 

Heat the grill to medium high heat. Lightly oil your grill so the pork burgers don’t stick to it. Place the pork burger patties on the hottest part of the grill and cook for 2 minutes on each side, so the pork burgers get a nice sear on them. Move them to the cooler part of the grill and cook for another 8-10 minutes on each side or until they are cooked through and reach a temperature of 160 degrees F. 

GUACAMOLE:Before grilling the pork burgers make your guacamole by putting the avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt in a molcajete or medium bowl and mash the ingredients together until combined. 

MINI SWEET PEPPERS: If you can find mini sweet peppers they work great for burgers. If you can’t then use poblanos or bell peppers. Cut them in thing strips, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. When you flip the pork burgers the second time add the mini sweet peppers. Grill the sweet peppers for 4 minutes on one side and then flip and grill the other side of the peppers.

Pork Burgers white plate

ARE PORK BURGERS HEALTHY?

These easy pork burgers are healthy, packed with protein and lean. The guacamole and grilled mini sweet peppers add vitamins and antioxidants to your meal. Pair this with a healthy salad, a side dish and you have a complete meal. 

MORE PORK RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

GRILLED BASIL LEMON PORK CHOPS // TASTE OF LIZZY T

PORK KABOBS // LEMONS FOR LULU

GRILLED STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC PORK TENDERLOIN // FOODTASTIC MOM 

 

Pork Burgers

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These sweet and spicy Pork Burgers are a crowd pleaser in grilling season. Ground pork creates a tender, flavorful burger that is topped with grilled sweet peppers and spicy guacamole. These ground pork burgers are easy and a great meal for a bbq or warm weather get-together. 

Ingredients

For the pork burgers

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rub {use your favorite}
  • 1 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 6-8 slices of pepper jack cheese
  • 4 mini sweet peppers, roasted, chopped
  • 6-8 Hamburger Buns

For the guacamole

  • 2 Avocados, seeds removed
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • A few pinches of salt

Instructions

  1. Heat the grill to medium high heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the ground pork, egg, red onion, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, olive oil, cilantro, salt and pepper. Use hands to combine everything together.
  3. Form the ground pork mixture into 3 to 3 1/2 oz. pork burger patties and set on a large platter.
  4. Before grilling the pork burgers make your guacamole by putting the avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt in a molcajete or medium bowl and mash the ingredients together until combined. Set aside.
  5. Grill, undisturbed, until marked on the bottom, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn and grill until the other side is marked and the patties feel firm, 4 to 6 more minutes or until they are cooked through and reach a temperature of 160 degrees F.  Meanwhile, spread the cut sides of the buns with butter and toast on the grill.
  6. When you flip the pork burgers add the mini sweet peppers to the grill. Grill the sweet peppers for 4 minutes on one side and then flip and grill the other side of the peppers or until they are soft.
  7. When the pork burgers are done grilling add the pepper jack cheese and let the burgers sit for two minutes so the cheese can melt. Remove the peppers from the grill and slice into small strips.
  8. Place the pork burger on the bottom of the bun; place the sliced mini sweet peppers on top of the pepper jack cheese. Spread the guacamole on the top half of the bun and close the bun.
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Thanks to Ohio Pork for sponsoring today’s post. As always, opinions are 100% my own. I am excited to be partnering with them this year to share more about pork and provide delicious, easy recipes for you to try! 

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