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Glazed pork and bacon burgers

GLAZED PORK AND BACON BURGERS

Serves 4–6

4 rindless bacon rashers, finely chopped

3 tablespoons coconut oil or good-quality animal fat

1 onion, finely chopped

150 g mushrooms, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme leaves

1 tablespoon finely chopped

flat-leaf parsley leaves

550 g pork mince

1 egg

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground

black pepper

150 ml Smoky Barbecue Sauce (see recipe XXX)

Salad to serve 

Heat a large frying pan over medium–high heat. Add the bacon and sauté for 5 minutes, or until lightly golden. Transfer the bacon to a bowl and set aside.

Wipe the pan clean, then heat 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil or animal fat over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes until softened. Next, add the mushroom and garlic and cook for 3 minutes until softened. Transfer the onion and mushroom mixture to the bacon and allow to cool completely.

Add the thyme, parsley, pork mince, egg, salt and pepper to the cooled bacon mixture, then mix well to combine. Shape the mixture into ten patties. 

Heat a large frying pan over medium–high heat. Add the remaining oil or fat and cook the patties in batches for 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and allow to rest for 2 minutes. Whisk any juices in the pan into the smoky barbecue sauce.

Brush the smoky barbecue sauce over the patties to glaze, then serve.

Serve with salad.

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SMOKY BARBECUE SAUCE

Makes 420 g

100 g tomato paste

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

120 g honey

100 ml maple syrup

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

100 ml tamari or coconut aminos

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 ½ tablespoons liquid smoke (see Note) (optional)

1 pinch of ground cloves

1 cinnamon stick

sea salt (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, mix well and bring to a simmer.

Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Season with salt, if

desired, and allow to cool. Remove the cinnamon stick and store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

NOTE

Liquid smoke is a water-soluble liquid that forms from condensed smoke particles when chips from a hardwood (such as hickory) are burned. You can

buy it from some supermarkets, delis, specialty food stores or online.

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