I wanted to rename this recipe “pork burgers and applesauce” as an iconic Brady Bunch episode replayed in my head, but I’ll keep the TV references out, and stick to the fact that these pork burgers are rich with amazing fall flavors.
These pork burgers are an easy weeknight meal – simply serve them with steamed veggies or a side salad – maybe one with pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette for the full seasonal affect. For a grilled weekend treat, serve them up with dairy-free sweet potato fries and that nice autumn salad (we need our greens on the weekends, too!).
Special Diet Notes & Options: Apple Pork Burgers
The pork burgers and accompanying sauce are naturally dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free (with the right buns!), peanut-free, tree nut-free, and soy-free.
Kosher Option: Use ground turkey or chicken in place of the pork – these meats also go well with the apple and Dijon flavors.
This recipe was shared with us by the apple chefs at Tree Top.
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown or Dijon mustard
- 2 pounds ground pork (can substitute ground turkey, if desired)
- ½ cup applesauce (such as Tree Top Organic)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 hamburger buns (wheat or gluten-free), optionally toasted
- Baby spinach leaves or lettuce leaves.
- Stir the maple syrup and mustard together in a small bowl.
- Spray a large non-stick grill pan or griddle with cooking spray and place over medium to medium-high heat.
- While that heats up, mix the pork, applesauce, salt, chili powder, dry mustard, pepper and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl. Form the mixture into 6 patties.
- Place the patties in the hot pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, turn and cook additional 4 to 5 minutes or until done.
- To serve, spread bun bottoms with maple mustard mixture. Top each with a patty, spinach or lettuce leaf and bun top.
- Serve with crispy sweet potato fries and steamed beans or broccoli for a full meal.