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Have you ever had Pork Burgers? If not, you’re in for a treat. These Juicy Ground Pork Burgers are super flavorful and are ready in about 15 minutes for a quick tasty dinner.

I’ll show you how to make pork burgers and you’ll see why we like pork burgers better than traditional burger recipes!

pork burger with sriracha ketchup mayo sauce

Why pork burgers?

We absolutely LOVE pork burgers and cooking with ground pork. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Ground pork tastes much better than ground beef
  • Ground pork works really well with many different seasonings and makes for really flavorful burgers
  • Ground pork is cheaper than ground beef (by the way, check out this post on How to Stretch the Meat Budget)
  • Ground pork burgers reheat better than beef burgers without getting tough or dry
  • My son has food allergies and is allergic to beef

In short, I’m a big fan of ground pork and use it anytime most people use ground beef. (Psst, check out my ground pork tacos or this sweet and sour cabbage ground pork stir fry recipe!).

pork burger with cheese

How to make burgers from ground pork

Cooking ground pork burgers is just as easy as cooking any other burgers. You can do it simply by adding salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you like, forming burger patties, and cooking them. 

But I like to add a couple of extra ingredients to give these pork burgers a really great flavor and texture, and to make them really juicy, even when reheated.

The two ingredients are:

  1. Oats
  2. Egg

Why do I add oats and eggs to burgers??

Here’s why:

You know when you cook burgers there’s sometimes weird this weird pink gelatinous stuff that oozes out of them? And  at the same time too much liquid comes out, resulting in dry burgers on the inside that steam in their own juices instead of juicy burgers that get nice and browned on the outside?

Yea, I don’t like that either. 

Oats absorb the extra juices from the ground pork as it cooks, and ensures that the juices stay inside the burger. 

Egg ensures that there is no funky stuff oozing out of the burger, since the egg solidifies as it cooks and also solidifies anything else inside the burger.

This mixture results in the perfect burger. I use oats every time I make turkey burgers and chicken burgers, and I use egg in my venison burgers.

Don’t worry, you can’t taste or feel the oats. They just make everything work together nicely. It’s how people add breadcrumbs to burgers, but I think oats make a better texture. Plus they are a little healthier than bread crumbs.

porn burger patty on a bun

Seasonings for burgers

To make these burgers extra flavorful, I add a teaspoon of garlic powder and two teaspoons of dried oregano to the ground pork mixture along with the egg and oats.

I also add a teaspoon of salt. Yes, it’s a lot, but salty burgers just taste so good, don’t they?

You can also add onion powder if you like, or other dried herbs (such as Italian seasoning or dried parsley and/or basil).

I am usually all for freshly minced garlic and fresh herbs, but dried herbs and granulated garlic powder is actually better for some recipes! I like how the dried seasoning spread evenly throughout the ground meat, giving every single bite lots of flavor.

Make sure you mix the seasonings well to really incorporate them into the ground pork. 

how to cook pork burgers step by step

Pan-fried burgers

These burgers are pan-fried and cook REALLY fast – about 5 minutes per side over medium-low heat. Five minutes per side is enough to brown the burgers nicely on each side and to fully cook the inside of the burger.

Remember, ground pork needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 160F

Always a use an instant-read meat thermometer to test the inside temperature of your burgers to be sure. You don’t want to cut into a burger before it’s cooked and lose all the delicious juices inside!

This is the thermometer I have. It’s inexpensive and makes sure your burgers and steaks come out perfect. Definitely a worthwhile investment. 

Burgers are actually a GREAT weeknight meal because they are super quick to cook and don’t require babysitting. Just put them on a skillet, set a timer, flip, set a timer. Check the temperature, DONE.

pork burger sliced in half

How many burgers does this recipe make?

Using 1 lb of ground pork, this recipe makes 4 really large burgers, or 6 smaller burgers. As you can see in the pictures, the burgers are really tall if you make 4 burgers. Keep in mind that even though you’re using only 1 lb of ground pork, you’re adding oats and eggs, bulking up these burgers quite a lot.

So if you’re trying to stretch the meat budget or are on a diet, I recommend dividing the ground pork mixture into 6 patties to make 6 burgers instead of 4.

Reheating burgers

I find it best to reheat these pork burgers in the oven. Just preheat the oven to 350F and reheat for 5-10 minutes. This is a good opportunity to put a slice of cheese on the burger and let it melt all over the patty.

I love using my Cuisinart Oven and Air Fryer Combo to reheat food because it doesn’t neat to be preheated, so it saves us a few minutes when we’re hungry and hangry. It also doesn’t heat up the whole kitchen which is nice in the summer.  

Toppings for pork burgers

Pork burgers can be served with your favorite burger toppings just like any other burgers:

  • Lettuce, tomato, onion
  • Cheese
  • Ketchup, mayo
  • Pickles
  • Hot sauce
  • Fried egg
  • Guacamole (like in my Turkey Burgers with Guacamole recipe)
  • My awesome spicy sriracha ketchup mayo sauce (keep reading!)

spreading sriracha ketchup mayo sauce on a burger

Spicy sriracha ketchup mayo sauce for burgers

As much as I love cheese, I actually preferred these pork burgers with a generous smear of this super easy Spicy Sriracha Ketchup Mayo…. which not surprisingly, consists of those exact 3 ingredients: Sriracha, Ketchup, and Mayo. 🙂

You can mix them in any ratio that you like, there’s no wrong way to make this sauce, but I used the following amounts:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoons sriracha

This sauce makes the BEST burger sauce, so I hope you try it! And of course, you can make it spicier by adding more sriracha, or switch things up by using gochujang.

By the way, this sauce is also amazing with my other burgers, such as Instant Pot burgers, venison burgers, chicken burgers, turkey burgers, taco burgers, or vegetarian chickpea sweet potato burgers!

What to serve with pork burgers

Here are a few of my favorite sides for burgers. OKAY OKAY, if I’m being honest, my favorite sides for burgers are fries. But in an effort to have a slightly more balanced meal, here are a few healthier side dishes for burgers:

If you make these pork burgers (and you really REALLY should!), please take a picture and tag me on Instagram or Facebook. You can find me at @babaganoshblog on both. I love seeing your creations! 

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don’t forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

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Yield: 4 large burgers or 6 large burgers

Ground Pork Burgers

pork burger with sriracha ketchup mayo sauce

Delicious juicy pork burgers made from ground pork. Ready in just 15 minutes! These quick and easy burgers are actually tastier than ground beef burgers. Try them!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the pork burgers:

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ cup instant oats (or 1 minute oats)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • Olive oil spray for cooking
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4-6 burger buns

For the sriracha mayo burger sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha, to taste

Instructions

Make the burgers:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well, making sure to distribute the spices evenly.
  2. Divide the mixture into 4-6 even parts and form burger patties, making sure to squish them with your hands in the middle. Make them as wide as your burger bun and not too thick in the middle so they cook evenly.
  3. Preheat a large skillet to medium heat. Spray or brush with olive oil. Carefully place the burgers on the skillet, cover with a lid, and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until fully cooked to an internal temperature of 160F. Assemble your burgers and enjoy!

Make the spicy mayo sauce:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir together with a fork. Spread over toasted burger buns while assembling your burgers. This keeps well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Notes

To reheat, preheat the oven to 350F and bake for 5-10 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 723mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g

The nutritional information displayed is just an estimate for 6 smaller burgers, not including the bun or other toppings and will vary depending on the actual ingredients and brands used and the exact amounts used. Please consult with a dietitian or nutritionist if you are actually tracking nutritional information for health reasons.

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Sam

Monday 2nd of November 2020

Great recipe! I was a bit dubious about the oat thing but it worked like a charm. Used ground rolled oats instead; and added Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, smoked paprika, and a touch of sesame oil. It was incredible! Super tender meat

Kate

Monday 2nd of November 2020

Haha don't doubt the oats!! They're my trick for great burgers! Your additions sounds great - I love smoked paprika. So glad you enjoyed these!

James McNulty

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Quite tasty and easy to make. Used Pork Country Strips and ground them myself. Price currently on sale for 99 cents. I did add some chopped Red Onion and 3 small cloves Garlic - Microplaned. Ground beef probably 5 times as expensive. Thanks for posting.

Kate

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Oh that's crazy cheap! Help me spread the word about ground pork - soo much cheaper than ground beef / beef! I usually do fresh onion and garlic in burgers do but decided to leave this as a super quick recipe for a chance. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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