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Mexican-ish Pork Burgers with Chipotle Relish

Introduction & method

This juicy pork burger is flavoured with fennel seeds and smoky chipotle chilli - it's easy to make and delicious.

Mexican-ish Pork Burgers with Chipotle Relish Recipe

Prep the Burger Mix

Peel and finely dice the onion, crush/mince the garlic. Mix the meat, onion, garlic, herbs and spices together in a bowl. Weigh the mixture and divide it into 4 equal balls. If you want perfectly circular patties, place a ball into a 10cm (4 inch) diameter steel ring, flatten it and make sure the mixture goes right to the edge. 

Cook the Burgers

Heat a cast iron griddle plate or skillet until it's smoking. Spray with a little oil and place the patties. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Cook for 4-5 minutes then turn the patties over. Place a slice of cheese on each one and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Check the temperature - it should be 71° C (160° F). Don't worry if it's not quite at that temperature - it will continue cooking while it's resting. Remove the patties to a warmed plate, cover with an upturned bowl or tent with foil and rest for 10 minutes before serving. Slice your muffins or burger buns in half horizontally and place them cut side down on the griddle to lightly toast them. Be careful not to burn them. Quarter your little gem or romaine lettuce(s) and pop them on the griddle to get them charred somewhat.

Make the Burger Sauce

Just mix together the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Taste it and add more sugar or vinegar if needed to balance the sweet-sourness.

Prep the Accompaniments/Sides

When I do burgers I like to lay out a little buffet so people can add whatever they like to their burger. So slice some tomatoes, red onion, dill pickles etc. Break out the mayonnaise, tomato ketchup and mustard. And make some guacamole and/or coleslaw - and add some sliced apple to it because that goes brilliantly with pork.

To Serve

Spread the bottom bun with burger sauce. Top it with charred lettuce and then a patty. If the cheese isn't melted much, blast it with a blowtorch. Top the patty with a few onion rings and slice of pickle. Spread the inside of the top bun with mayo or ketchup.


Ingredients & Info

 450 grams pork mince 20% fat
 1 small onion
 1 clove garlic
 2 tsp fennel seeds
 2 tsp smoked paprika
 1 tsp thyme
 pinch of salt
 1 slice per burger good melty cheese
 1 or 2 romaine or little gem lettuce(s)
 1 tsp chipotle chilli powder
 1 tsp dijon mustard
 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
 half a tsp demerara sugar
 a splash of balsamic vinegar


Burger buns or muffins, tomato, pickles and other accompaniments.

US Customary/Imperial

Makes 4 burgers
Prep time: 15 minutes.
10 minutes time: Resting.
Cooking time: 8 minutes.
Total time: 33 minutes.