Piggy Stuffed Hog Burger

...Because that sounds a lot more fun than a bacon stuffed pork burger. Actually that sounds pretty awesome too. Either way, this is a super porky burger...quite literally a pork burger stuffed with more pork. This thing rocks. Definitely one of those times when I'm glad my manfriend doesn't like bacon because I get it ALL TO MYSELF (insert evil Jafar laugh here...if you don't catch that Aladdin reference, may you burn in the fire of a thousand suns).

Side note: if you don't bake your bacon...then your doing it all wrong. I used to be all about frying it up on the stove, but haven't you notice how it gets all shriveled? Baking it retains a bigger shape, gets more flavorful and is just all around easier. I cook the entire package of bacon at once and store it in the fridge - zapping baked bacon in the microwave does nothing to compromise crispiness or flavor. Not to mention...cooking all of it at once renders a piggy bank of bacon grease...which goes right into my fridge...which then goes right into my mouth (I cook with it, you sicko, I don't eat it by the spoonful...or do I). 

As far as toppings go, caramelized onions are mandatory here. Not to be a burger nazi or anything, but I would strongly recommend NOT omitting that part of the recipe. Past that, do whatcha want...sliced avocado, ketchup, mayo...the world is your oyster - dream big.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 3 slices of bacon, cooked
  • 2 tbsp fat (I used duck fat, but bacon grease, ghee or grass-fed butter also works)
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine ground pork, garlic salt, pepper and paprika.
  3. Form 6 flat(ish) patties with the pork mixture. Cut up one piece of bacon and lay it in the center of a patty. Take another patty and place it on top of the bacon patty. Pinch around the sides to seal in the bacon and use your hands to slightly round out the burger. Repeat with the remaining patties/bacon (there will be 3 bacon stuffed patties by the end).
  4. On medium/high heat, place the burgers on a non-stick skillet. Let sit on one side (undisturbed) for 3-4 minutes then flip to sit for another 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer the seared burgers to an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and place in the oven for 6 minutes, or until burgers are cooked through. Careful not to leave them in too long though as they may easily dry out.
  6. While burgers are searing/baking, heat up fat in another skillet and add onion slices. Saute on medium heat until onions are caramelized.
  7. Top burgers with caramelized onions and whatever else you please!

Servings: 3