Smokey Pork Burgers

How many times have you had burgers this summer?….That many huh….I encourage you to mix up these pork burgers to wake up your mid summer appetite!   Your taste buds will thank-you.

 

Smokey Pork Burgers

Burgers:

2 cups shredded smoked mozzarella (8 oz)

6 slices uncooked bacon, finely chopped

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and shredded

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 lbs ground pork

Vegetable oil cooking spray for the grill

Barbecue Sauce

6 soft burger buns

 

Serving suggestions:  Lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes

 

For the burgers:  In a large bowl, combine the cheese, bacon, apple, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt  and pepper.  Add the pork and mix well.  Form the mixture into 6 burgers, approx. 4 1/2 inch in diameter and 3/4 inch thick.

Preheat your grill and oil the grate of your grill with the cooking spray.  Cook on low heat until cooked through for 10 minutes on each side.  Brush one side of the burger with barbecue sauce and allow to remain on the grill for another minute or so.   If you are concerned about the doneness of the burgers you can also use a meat thermometer, pork is done when it registers 160 degrees F.

Place the burgers on buns and top with lettuce and tomatoes if desired.

 

 

 

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