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
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
Dijon mustard for serving
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.
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.
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.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 35g||44%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||56%|
|Total Carbohydrate 15g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||10%|
|*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.|