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.

Nutirion Profile: Diabetes Appropriate Healthy Weight Heart Healthy High Fiber Low Calorie Low Cholesterol Low Sat Fat

Serves Prep Time Total Time
4 55 min 55 min

Directions

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 Instruction

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.


Nutrition

  • Serving: Per serving
  • Calories: 364
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 71mg
  • Potassium: 209mg
  • Sodium: 659mg
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

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