Danish Pork Burgers

Danish frikadeller pork burgers recipe. Ground pork mixed with eggs, crumbled saltine crakers and onions, shaped into patties and fried. Serve with Dijon mustard.

Danish Pork Burgers
Elise Bauer

I met Iowa hog farmer Paul Willis at the Fancy Food Show in January and naturally our conversation turned to food and recipes.

"Have you ever had a pork burger?," Paul asked, eyes bright.

Upon hearing my response in the negative, Paul added, "You have to try my wife Phyllis' pork burgers. They're amazing."

Thinking of burgers made out of pork, I can't say I was convinced, even when he continued, "Everyone in Iowa eats pork burgers." But when Paul pointed out his wife's recipe in the Niman Ranch Cookbook I saw the light.

These burgers aren't hamburgers made out of ground pork. They are more like large, flattened Swedish meatballs. Very tasty. Thank you Paul and Niman Ranch, and thank you Phyllis for a fabulous recipe.

Danish Pork Burgers

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced

  • 16 saltine crackers, crumbled

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Vegetable oil

  • Dijon mustard for serving


  1. Make the ground pork mixture:

    Using your hands to combine, mix together the pork, saltines, onion, eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

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  2. Fry the patties:

    Lightly brush a large, nonstick frying pan with vegetable oil. Heat the pan on medium high. Divide the pork mixture into 8 equal portions.

    Working in batches, drop each portion into the hot pan, spacing them as not to crowd the pan.

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    Pat them down with the back of a spoon to form them into patties. Cook the patties, turning once, for 4 to 5 minutes per side, until golden brown.

    Serve the pork burgers with Dijon mustard.

Danish Pork Burgers
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
517 Calories
35g Fat
15g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 517
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 203mg 68%
Sodium 570mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 548mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.