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Pork Burgers With BBQ Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 4 burgers

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons + 1/3 cup tomato ketchup , divided
  • 2/3 cup water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

For the pork patties:

  • 4 slices bacon , cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 lb (450g) ground pork
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • olive oil , for frying

To serve:

  • 4 burger buns , sliced in half
  • 1 handful of lettuce
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tomatoes , sliced
  • dill pickle slices , drained
  • 1 sweet onion , sliced into rings

Instructions

The sauce:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute shallots until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add in paprika powder and stir well. Add the white wine vinegar and cook until evaporated, then stir in the Worcestershire sauce and 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup; cook for a minute. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining ketchup and water. Pour this sauce over the onion mixture. Cook and stir sauce on medium-low heat until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.

The patties:

  • In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crispy and then drain on a paper towel. Once slightly cooled, cut them into small pieces. Mix the ground pork, bacon, salt and pepper (I added 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper) together in a large bowl until just combined. Separate the meat into 4 even portions, and form each portion into a thin patty slightly larger than the bun.
  • Heat a large pan with a little olive oil. Cook the patties for 2-3 minutes on the first side. Flip the patties and place one slice of cheese on each one. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Assembling the burgers:

  • Lightly toast the buns. Spread some BBQ sauce on the bottom of a burger bun. Then place the lettuce leaf, pork patty with cheese, tomato slices, pickle slices, onion rings, some sauce and another lettuce leaf. Place the bun on top to complete your burger. Continue this until you have made all the burgers. Enjoy!