Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ground Pork Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Green Onion Relish

It’s been a little over a month since we started the new way of eating around here. We’re doing great.
Grilled fish, interesting sauces, smoothies, new salad combinations (watermelon, feta cheese and black pepper..oh my!) and lots and lots of water.

Lots of water.

Did I say that?

There’s still chocolate in our lives and a drink on the weekends, we’re happy and being creative in the kitchen and life is good.

Then the pork craving got us.

And got us good.

I wanted something Asian. Groom wanted a burger. So we compromised. And what used to be a Bobby Flay favorite from Boy Meets Grill took a walk on the wild side and now has become….

Drum roll please…..

Ground Pork Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Green Onion Relish.

Grilled Pineapple and Green Onion Relish
Adapted from Bobby Flay’s Boy Meets Grill

4 green onions, brushed with olive oil and grilled for about 4 minutes til done on both sides.
1-½ cups overripe pineapple (because it didn’t get into a smoothie like it should), grilled about five minutes
A good swirl extra virgin olive oil
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
½ fresh lime, juiced, seeds removed
1 good squeeze wild honey
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

To grill the pineapple, I heated a grill pan on the stove and brushed it with a bit of olive oil. Grill long enough to get grill marks, about 5 minutes.
Slice the green onions, and add to bowl with pineapple and remaining ingredients. Let sit for at least half hour to blend flavors.

Ground Pork Burgers

1 pound lean ground pork
A good swirl of toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp garlic confit (or 2 fat garlic cloves, finely minced)
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1tsp soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper

Combine ingredients and pat out into small burgers. Put on plate, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Grill burgers over medium heat for about four minutes a side. Let sit for five before serving.

Makes 6 small burgers.


Zen Chef said...

haha.. I don't know what was your old way of eating but the new one sounds fantastic. Love those burgers! Gosh, never had a pork burger but now i want one like... now! :-)

noble pig said...

Well this doesn't seem like you are holding back in any way! I love it, sounds so, so lovely.

Dhanggit said...

oh my pork burgers with grilled pineapple..I gotta eat it with some white rice, yummy!

Peter M said...

Mary, perfect grill marks on the burger...may I treat you to a bottle of water? lol

Anonymous said...


The recipe is great, except for the "6 small" part! I was just gifted with a used "The Holland Grill" and once I get that puppy cleaned up I will be doing some grillage. I just now checked the price of a new one--about $600. Sweeeeeet!


Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

looks delicious!

Mary Coleman said...

Zen: I've never had pork burgers either but these are to die for.

Cathy: oh believe me we are holding back. When we finally let go it will be the shot heard round the world.

Dhanggit: Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Peter:Most can treat me any time!! But I want some of that Easter lamb!!

Demo: I know you can't wait for that grilling to start.

Jessy: Thanks, honey!

fluffernutter said...

We changed our eating style, too, about 4 months ago -- it's a lot more cooking. We should collaborate on something wickedly delicious. This burger sounds a lot like us -- we love ground pork, and it goes with every flavor profile. I especially love the idea of the relish, and am going to steal it immediately.