Everyone loves a good burger and these pork burgers with apple and sage are juicy, packed with fabulous flavour and super easy to make.
What’s to love about this recipe
- These pork burgers with apple and sage are just a bit different from the standard burgers you can buy in the supermarket.
- Making any burgers is easy and these pork and apple burgers are no exception, they come together really quickly too.
- Value for money – pork mince is cheaper than beef mince, so these pork burgers are good for your wallet.
I was inspired to come up with this recipe for pork burgers by one of my favourite things – stuffing! Yes, good old-fashioned sausage stuffing that goes with a Christmas dinner.
I love the flavour of pork, apple, sage and onion that is found in a good stuffing mix so I thought I would bring those great flavours together in the form or a burger to enjoy all year round.
I often make my pork chops with apple and sage so thought turning it into a burger recipe might be a good idea and a more economical recipe too with the same flavour combo.
Ingredients for pork and apple burgers
Pork – I’ve gone for simple pork mince here, the sort you can easily buy in any supermarket.
The base – You want some onion and garlic to give a nice strong flavour to these pork burgers with apple and sage.
Apple – (just a standard eating apple, whatever you have in the fruit bowl) adds a sweet juiciness that marries perfectly with the pork.
Sage – The earthiness of fresh sage counteracts the sweetness of the apple and the pork itself so is a great addition to these pork burgers.
Breadcrumbs – These help bind your pork and apple burgers together, and let’s face it, no snuffing would be without breadcrumbs so it works perfectly in the recipe too.
Lemon – The only other ingredient you need for these pork burgers is some lovely fresh lemon zest to add a bit of a zing!
Want to add more flavour?
You can add even more flavour and punch to this pork burger recipe by adding 1/2 teaspoon of English mustard powder to the mix.
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How to make pork and apple burgers
These pork burgers with sage and apple are super easy to make.
I start by using my mini food processor to whizz up the bread to make breadcrumbs. Do this first when the food processor is dry, then move on to the onions.
Tip the breadcrumbs into a large bowl and then put a roughly chopped onion and the garlic into the processor and whizz those till you have nice small pieces similar in size to the breadcrumbs that you just made.
Tip these into your bowl.
Finely chop the sage leaves and add these to the bowl along with the breadcrumbs and onion/garlic mixture.
Using a box grater grate the apple including the peel and add this to the bowl. Don’t chuck the apple into your food processor as you would just end up with apple puree which is exactly what you don’t want for these pork burgers!
I wouldn’t use a microplane grater either as it would grate the apple so finely it would be pulp. A good old-fashioned box grater is perfect for this job.
Add the other ingredients to your mixing bowl; pork mince, lemon zest and some salt and pepper.
Now, get your hands into that bowl and start squishing all your ingredients together till they are thoroughly mixed.
You’ll find that that apple works like an egg would in a burger mix with breadcrumbs, it is a binding agent as well as a fabulous juicy flavour aid.
Divide your burger mixture into four pieces and pat and press them into four burger patties.
Heat a griddle pan and sprinkle lightly with olive oil and when hot add your pork apple and sage burgers.
Heat for about 4 minutes on each side till lovely and brown and golden on the outside and cooked through inside.
How to serve pork burgers with apple and sage
These simple pork burgers are just perfect on a lightly toasted brioche bun with some a bit of lettuce and tomato and a good dollop of English mustard on top.
Serve your pork and apple burgers with all your other goodies at a BBQ.
Pork burgers go really well with chips and baked beans on the side. A casual supper dish or hearty lunch.
How many does this pork burger recipe make?
I got 4 pork apple and sage burgers from this recipe using 500g of pork mince. Want more pork burgers? Then just double up the recipe.
You can freeze these pork burgers with apple and sage uncooked between pieces of baking paper and in a freezer-proof bag or box for up to 4 months. Defrost thoroughly before cooking.
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Pork Burgers With Apple And Sage
- 1 slice bread 25g breadcrumbs
- 1 small onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 small apple
- 1/2 tsp fresh sage finely chopped
- 1/2 lemon zest
- 500 g pork mince
- salt and pepper to taste
- Use a food processor to make the slice of bread into crumbs then tip these into a mixing bowl, now use same food processor to whizz up the onion and garlic and add to the bowl
- Finely chop the sage and add to the bowl and grate the apple and add that too
- Add the pork mince, lemon zest and seasoning and use your hands to squish everything together then make into 4 burger patties
- Heat 1 tsp of olive oiol in a griddle pan and cook your pork burgers for about 4 minutes on each side or until browned and golden and cooked through