I have a long list of “favorite” meals. Pizza, with a variety of toppings. Sweet potato fries seasoned to perfection. Macaroni and cheese. My mom’s chili, especially on a cool, crisp fall evening. Pulled pork sandwiches and a truly juicy burger; no matter if made from beef, chicken, turkey, bison, or vegetables.
Something almost magical takes place when you start building these dishes together as if they were legos. A thick pizza crust topped with a sprinkling of macaroni and a spread of pulled pork is quite close to heaven, in my opinion. Sweet potato fries topped with Mom’s chili and a generous sprinkle of cheese make the perfect game day meal, sitting cross legged in front of the television with a bowl on my lap and smile on my face.
The way I see it, if I’m going to have an indulgent meal once in a while, it may as well cover as many favorite taste bases in one plate as possible. Creating these combination meals ensures a homerun in my book.
While I consider these special meals “indulgences” in the midst of my weight loss goals, I still try to find ways to make these bites a bit more healthy. When I make recipes calling for ground beef, I usually use extra lean ground turkey. I used ground turkey in my award winning Root beer Burgers, and they were to die for!
I also like to use lean ground pork as a healthy substitution for beef when I think the taste profile will work. Pork is also often less expensive and I am always a fan of saving money any way I can. (The ground pork I bought for this recipe was $1.70 less a pound than the ground beef, and $2.20 less than the ground turkey!)
BBQ Pork Burgers
Makes five 4 oz. burgers
- 1 1/4 pounds lean ground pork
- 1 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 5 buns of choice, I used wheat Arnold’s thins
- 5 pieces good mozzarella cheese
- coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
- your favorite barbeque sauce
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking dish or cookie sheet for baking burgers.
- In a small dish, whisk together Worcestershire, mustard, pepper and salt.
- Break the ground pork into pieces and spread out over a large plate. Pour sauce mixture over meat and mix together with hands until seasoned throughout.
- Divide the pork mixture into 5 portions. Form each portion into a ball, and work into a patty.
- Preheat a non-stick skillet to medium-low heat. Add patties to skillet and raise heat to medium-high. Cook two minutes on each side.
- Transport burgers to baking dish and place in preheated oven. Bake for 6 minutes. Flip burgers and cook 4-5 minutes more.
- Spread bun with barbeque sauce. Add burger and top with coleslaw and mozzarella.
- Thank me later.
Tips & Tricks & Notes
Spreading the meat out before adding the sauces and spices encourages even seasoning.
I love the technique of pan frying the burgers for two minutes on each side first, and then cooking through in the oven. It gives the patties and nice crisp edge with an ultra-juicy center.
I LOVE parchment paper. It makes removing every food I put in the oven easy-breezy. Cookies, pizza, scones, bread, meatballs – EVERYTHING. Parchment also makes clean up a breeze and gives old, well-loved baking sheets new life!