Beef burger haters, this one’s for you! You’re going to LOVE this Pork Burger Recipe. A tender pork patty is smothered in an amazing rub, grilled to perfection, and topped with a fresh pineapple salsa. YUM.
Today’s recipe is sponsored by our friends at Stubb’s BBQ. I mean. What’s better than BBQ’ing in the summer?!
When Trevor is in charge of dinner during the summer, his go to is always grilling. He loves picking up a couple burgers or brats from the grocery store butcher, maybe make a side dish or two – like this Mexican Pasta Salad (OMG) – pour a couple of drinks, grab some music, and he’s good to go.
While I do LOVE summer grilling, I’m usually not too excited about beef burgers. Don’t ask me why. . . they’re just not my favorite thing in the whole world. That’s why, today, I decided to take matters into my own hands, and make this Pork Burger Recipe instead. And guess what? Trevor, beef burger lover, absolutely went nuts over these!
I know I’ve said this before, but in the past, Trevor has always manned the grill during the summer months. Whether it’s pizza or salmon, kebabs or burgers – he was in charge, because for whatever reason I always thought it was super intimidating.
This summer it’s been a goal of mine to get super comfortable behind the grill, because girls that grill totally RULE. 😉
I’d say so far so good as this is my SIXTH grilling recipe for SMTY this summer.
I have to thank Stubb’s BBQ for that. Because we’re working with them this summer, and hellooooo BBQ sauce and grilling is just a given, it’s really pushed me out of my comfort zone to get behind the grill.
When I saw Stubb’s Pork Spice Rub – a tangy mix of spices, chile peppers, and lime juice <– gimme! – come in the mail, I immediately knew I wanted to make a pork burger and top it with my fresh pineapple salsa, because the whole pork/pineapple combo is just heaven.
Because I really wanted to let the pork rub shine, I kept these burgers incredibly simple. As in, I only used ground pork and the pork rub in today’s pork burger recipe. 😉
All you’re going to do is form 4 even patties – you could totally do more or less depending how many people you’re serving – and coat each patty with a hefty spoonful of the pork rub. Stubb’s rubs are a great way to EASILY add flavor (but not the fat, calories, artificial flavors, etc. that are often found in other brands) to all your faves meats and even fruits/veggies for all your summer cookouts!
Now, when you’re done coating the patties with the rub, here’s a pro tip from Stubb’s BBQ expert and grandson Rocky Stubblefield: “Let the patties sit for a while before cooking – you can actually see the flavor seeping into the meat! Before you throw them on the grill, make a thumbprint in the middle of the patty to get a flat, evenly cooked burger instead of a plump, rounded one that is undercooked in the middle.”
As someone who’s just starting to get comfortable with grilling, this tip was super helpful and worked like.a.charm.
Pork Burgers ✔️
Now. For the fixins.
It’s easy, it’s fresh, and it’s full of amazing summer produce like juicy pineapple, crunchy bell peppers, cooling cucumbers, and jalapeno for a liiiiittle heat.
Other than that, again, to really let the pork shine, I only used a few more ingredients: pepperjack, because really, what’s a burger without cheese, a bun, and a drizzle of Stubb’s Original BBQ sauce.
This pork burger is ridiculously simple, crazy full of flavor, and is full of a tender pork, smokey BBQ, a little sweetness and a ton of texture from the pineapple salsa. <3
What’s YOUR favorite burger recipe? Show Me the Yummy!
- 1 pound ground pork shaped into 4 equal 1/2 in thick patties
- 2 tablespoons Stubb's Pork Rub
- 4 slices pepperjack cheese
- 4 hamburger buns
- Stubb's Original BBQ Sauce
- Pineapple Salsa
- Coat each patty evenly with 1/2 tablespoon of pork rub.
- Preheat grill to medium high, about 400-450 degrees F.
- Grill patties for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked through.
- Serve with pepperjack cheese, buns, BBQ sauce, and pineapple salsa and enjoy!
Thanks again to Stubb’s BBQ for sponsoring today’s recipe. Thanks to YOU, readers, for supporting brands that keep SMTY up and running! 🙂