Monday, June 20, 2011

Pork, on top of pork, inside of pork

When I first started cooking, one of the dishes I used to make a lot, was my mom's lasagna. It always turned out good, but not quite as good as her's and I could never figure out why. Turns out, in addition to using ground beef in her lasagna, my mom also used to use ground pork. Trying ground pork for the first time, I was hooked. Definitely my favorite ground meat. I added it to lasagna, meatballs, meatloaf; anything I used to make with just ground beef.

A few weekends ago, while leafing through June's Food Network Magazine, I found an article titled, "Pick a Patty" that discussed the tried and true techniques for perfecting the perfect beef burger, salmon burger, veggie burger, turkey burger, and pork burger. Pork burger? Sign me up.

Apparently, the secret to a great pork burger is ground bacon inside the burger. Sounds like delicious to me.

Perfect Pork Burgers (The Food Network Magazine)
Serves 4
  • 5 slices of bacon, cooked crisp
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 4 buns, split
  • unsalted butter, softened for spreading


Pulse the bacon and garlic in a food processor until coarsely ground. Combine the ground pork, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoons pepper, and the sage in a large bowl. Add the bacon mixture and gently mix with your hands. Gently form the meat into 4 balls, then lightly press into 4 inch wide, 1 inch thick patties. Make a 2 inch wide indentation in the center of each with your thumb to prevent to burgers from bulging when grilled. Preheat a grill to medium high. Season the patties with pepper. Grill undisturbed until marked on the bottom, 5-6 minutes. Turn and grill until the other side is marked and the patties feel firm, 4-6 more minutes. Meanwhile spread the cut sides of the buns with butter and toast on the grill. Serve the patties on the buns; top as desired.


  1. The title of this blog post not only intrigues but had me hungry and craving for a burger with bacon. For breakfast ;)

  2. wow. I'd love one of these. It cracks me up that with all the pork, it calls for Kosher salt ;) {Just my bad attempt at a joke}

  3. Ha. I never thought of that! That is funny.

    I'm not sure if the recipe called for Kosher Salt or if I just threw that in because it's what I used. It's so much better than regular salt.