Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works.
  2. Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.
  3. Here’s how to make this recipe.
  4. These pro tips will make this recipe a success.
  5. Frequently asked questions about this recipe.
  6. You'll love these other summer barbecue recipes
  7. Watch how to make this recipe.
  8. Have I convinced you to make this recipe?
  9. Grilled Pork Burgers Recipe

There’s no better way to bring in the grilling summer season than with a delicious pork burger. These easy-to-make burgers have a tender texture that’s flavored with garlic and onion to create an iconic main dish. When paired with a quick homemade sauce, there’s no other recipe you’ll need this season!

Why this recipe works.

Warmer weather is synonymous with grilling. I realized summer was for grilling when I was growing up. As soon as the weather was warm, we worked outside until late in the evening and then would fire up the grill. Not just to keep the heat out of the kitchen but also to savor the season. A staple was pork burgers. I assumed everyone ate more pork burgers than hamburgers, like my family, but later on, realized since we raised pork, it was cheaper than beef. Pork is often misunderstood. The flavor is lighter but, when used correctly, can be delicious. This recipe uses the secret ingredient, miso, to bring out the best rich flavor. The meat is seasoned with simple pantry staples with an egg yolk to bind them together. These may just replace the usual hamburger with a perfect pork burger.

Two hands holding onto top and bottom of grilled pork burger with lettuce and creamy mayonnaise sauce all sandwiched in a golden bun.

Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Ground pork is the main ingredient. Unlike beef, pork is not sold in lean percentages. The important choice is good quality and well-raised pork for the best flavor.
  • Onion powder adds a hint of onion flavor without any overpowering. The onion powder is the essence of onion with an almost sweet finish.
  • Garlic powder melts into the burgers and lends a light garlic flavor to accompany the light ground pork.
  • Miso is a fermented soybean paste that possesses a deep, rich flavor. When added to these pork burgers, there won’t be a noticeable thought of the miso that went into them, but instead, an appreciation of the depth of flavors.
White marble surface filled with all ingredients needed to prepare grilled pork burgers including raw ground pork, herbs, spices, mayonnaise, mustard, egg yolk, and more.

Here’s how to make this recipe.

  1. Prepare the meat mixture. To a large bowl, add the ground pork, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, miso, and egg yolk. Mix everything together until the mixture is homogenous without any individual pieces or spices visible.
  1. Form the patties. Have a baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment and set aside. Using a food scale or by eye, form the meat into eight identically-sized balls. Press each ball into a flat disc-shaped patty using either a biscuit cutter or another flat surface. Drizzle the top of each patty with a small amount of neutral oil and sprinkle with salt.
  1. Grill the burgers. Place the burgers on the grill set to high or medium-high heat. Let each burger cook for 4 to 5 minutes, flip it, then grill on the other side for another 4 to 5 minutes. Remove each burger when the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Let each patty sit for a few minutes to redistribute the juices. Then serve the burgers as desired.
  1. Prepare the sauce (optional). In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, minced fresh dill, and minced fresh parsley. Whisk everything together until well combined. Serve on top of each pork burger.

These pro tips will make this recipe a success.

  • For the most flavorful burgers, make sure to start with good-quality ground pork. A recipe can only be as good as the ingredients that go into it, so opting for better-quality pork is the first step.
  • The easiest way to mix the meat together is to use your hands. If touching raw meat is not appealing, simply put on gloves to prevent contact. Alternatively, a spoon or spatula can be used to mix everything together, but it may not create the evenest distribution of meat and flavorings.
  • If you want evenly-sized pork burgers, weigh each patty with a food scale before rolling it into a flat disc. This will ensure that each pork burger has the same weight and will cook in relatively the same amount of time. If weighing on a food scale, make sure to cover the scale with plastic wrap or another protective cover for easy clean-up.
  • For the sauce, any herbs will work. Whatever you have on hand will likely be delicious in the sauce and pair well with the burger. Cilantro, basil, dill, parsley, and tarragon will all be wonderful additions, but the pairings may need to be adjusted. Depending on the type of herb, using one herb may be best.
Spoon smoothing creamy mayonnaise sauce on top of grilled pork burger with piece of lettuce underneath all on white plate.

Frequently asked questions about this recipe.

Can six larger-sized burgers be made instead?

Yes, the recipe can easily be adapted to form six large patties or make them even smaller and prepare ten patties.

How long do these burgers last once grilled?

After they are grilled and stored in the refrigerator, the burgers will last for 7 to 10 days as leftovers.

Can the meat be formed into patties and then frozen for future use?

Yes, this is a great way to make burgers ahead and use them later. Also, if you do not want to grill all of the patties, simply freeze the extras for later use. When ready to grill, let thaw before cooking.

What toppings work best on these pork burgers?

These can be dressed just like your favorite hamburger. The sauce with this recipe is a perfect accompaniment but so are guacamole, tomato, mustard, and lettuce!

Hand holding grilled pork burger with bite taken out showing interior texture of meat with hamburger buns and other toppings sitting below.

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Grilled Pork Burgers

5 from 8 votes
There’s no better way to bring in the grilling summer season than with a delicious pork burger. These easy-to-make burgers have a tender texture that’s flavored with garlic and onion to create an iconic main dish. When paired with a quick homemade sauce, there’s no other recipe you’ll need this season!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 burger patties

Ingredients

For the burgers

  • 2 lb ground pork
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp yellow miso (mild)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil

For the sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley minced

Instructions
 

For the burgers

  • Have a parchment-lined baking sheet prepared and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, miso, and egg yolk. Mix until the meat and seasonings are well combined.
    2 lb ground pork, 1 ½ tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 tbsp yellow miso (mild), 1 large egg yolk
  • Use a scale or by eye to portion the meat mixture into 8 equal balls. Flatten each one into a patty approximately 3 inches wide. If needed, use a 3-inch biscuit cutter as a guide. Drizzle the patties with the oil and sprinkle with salt.
    1 tbsp neutral oil
  • Heat the grill on high for 15 minutes, and reduce to medium-high. Grill the patties until they are browned and reach 160°F, 4-5 minutes per side. Once grilled, remove the patties from the heat and serve with the sauce.

For the sauce

  • In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt, black pepper, dill, and parsley. Whisk until smooth and store in the refrigerator until serving. This can be made two days in advance.
    ¼ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 2 cloves garlic, ½ tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 tbsp fresh dill, 1 tbsp fresh parsley

Notes

  • For the most flavorful burgers, make sure to start with good-quality ground pork. A recipe can only be as good as the ingredients that go into it, so opting for better-quality pork is the first step.
  • The easiest way to mix the meat together is to use your hands. If touching raw meat is not appealing, simply put on gloves to prevent contact. Alternatively, a spoon or spatula can be used to mix everything together, but it may not create the evenest distribution of meat and flavorings.
  • If you want evenly-sized pork burgers, weigh each patty with a food scale before rolling it into a flat disc. This will ensure that each pork burger has the same weight and will cook in relatively the same amount of time. If weighing on a food scale, make sure to cover the scale with plastic wrap or another protective cover for easy clean-up.
  • For the sauce, any herbs will work. Whatever you have on hand will likely be delicious in the sauce and pair well with the burger. Cilantro, basil, dill, parsley, and tarragon will all be wonderful additions, but the pairings may need to be adjusted. Depending on the type of herb, using one herb may be best.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger pattyCalories: 329kcal
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Grilling

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I halved the recipe and it turned out great. Also, they held their shape well. I was craving these after watching your video, and was definitely not disappointed. Very tasty!

  2. 5 stars
    Sooo good! Who knew a pork burger could be so flavorful and satisfying!? I was expecting it to be on the drier side but it was surprisingly juicy! Definitely worth a try! It’s a nice change from your typical beef burger.

  3. 5 stars
    This was the first recipe I tried from your site after it came up on Facebook.
    I actually ordered the ingredients and had them delivered that very day. These were so juicy and delicious and rich in umami flavour, thanks to the miso paste in the recipe. My husband loved them and looked forward to taking them to work for his lunch. Great recipe!