Spanish Pork Burgers

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Spanish Pork Burgers

Spanish Pork Burgers

This Spanish-themed burger is boldly flavored with sautéed onions (which keep it moist), paprika, garlic and green olives. The creamy mayonnaise spread is tangy with lemon and a hint of earthy saffron.

Serves 4

Prep Time 55 min

Total Time 55 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups thinly sliced Spanish onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped Spanish green olives, such as Manzanilla
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Pimentón de la Vera, (see Shopping Tip) or Hungarian paprika
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of saffron, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Manchego or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • 2 whole jarred Piquillo peppers, (see Shopping Tip) or jarred pimientos, halved lengthwise

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Set aside half the onion for topping; finely chop the other half.

Step 2

Preheat grill to medium.

Step 3

Place the chopped onion in a large bowl; add pork, olives, garlic, paprika, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 4 equal patties, about 1/2 inch thick.

Step 4

Combine mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice and saffron in a small bowl.

Step 5

Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 10 to 12 minutes total. Top with cheese and cook until it is melted, about 1 minute more.

Step 6

Assemble the burgers on toasted buns with the lemon-saffron mayonnaise, some of the reserved onions and a half a Piquillo (or pimiento) pepper.


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