Rating: 4.53 stars
59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2

I am a big fan of American classics like burgers and pizza, but sometimes you need to push things a little bit and try to come up with something that is a bit different. My wife and I both love Asian food and we love burgers, so one day I got inspired to whip up this recipe. They turned out amazing the first time; you just have to try these. They are so flavorful you can eat them without a bun. I would recommend putting some extra teriyaki sauce on them.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 burgers
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix the ground pork, apple, onion, bell pepper, teriyaki sauce, apple cider, ground ginger, bread crumbs, black pepper, and soy sauce together in a mixing bowl until evenly combined; shape into 8 patties. Chill the patties in the freezer for 30 minutes so they are not soft when placed on the grill.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Cook the burgers on the preheated grill until firm, hot, and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

284 calories; protein 21.8g; carbohydrates 10.5g; fat 16.7g; cholesterol 73.6mg; sodium 490.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (59)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2011
This is an awesome recipe!!!! I did make a couple slight changes I omitted the bell pepper cause I had none and the apple I added some fresh garlic bout two teaspoons. Other than that followed the recipe and it turned out great!!! Read More
(19)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/18/2016
There are only two of us and two pounds of pork would last us forever so I proceeded to cut the recipe in half. I used 1 pound of ground pork half a small Granny Smith apple and 1/4 of a green bell pepper. We like onion so I used 1/2 a small red onion. Some of the other reviewers mentioned that it was hard to make the mixture stick together so I used more bread crumbs and all the liquid the recipe called for. It still wouldn't stick together. I added more bread crumbs but I still couldn't form the mixture into patties. The only other thing I could think of was to add an egg. I did that and still couldn't make patties. So I put the mixture in a loaf pan and made a meatloaf out of it! I baked it at 350º for 45 minutes. It was just OK. It won't take the place of my usual meatloaf and I won't even try to make burgers from this recipe. It didn't have much flavor but part of the reason for that is that the recipe doesn't call for adding any salt.Even I thought it desperately needed salt and I don't usually add salt to anything. Read More
(4)
59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2011
This is an awesome recipe!!!! I did make a couple slight changes I omitted the bell pepper cause I had none and the apple I added some fresh garlic bout two teaspoons. Other than that followed the recipe and it turned out great!!! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2014
This is a mind teaser. My head says it is a burger but the taste buds say it is ribs. This is fantastic but for me not something I'd eat as often as a regular burger. This is special & would be a treat. My husband asked if there was liquid smoke in it nope. He couldn't believe either how much it tasted like good ribs. I didn't have apple cider so didn't use anything in its place just left out. I really don't see what it could've added because they were very moist & you have to put in the freezer for the 30 min to keep them firm. We didn't know if you'd use ketchup on these or what. I'd recommend just butter the bun & crisp them up. We did try a little BBQ sauce on a bite or two & it still tasted like a good rib with BBQ sauce then. I'm still having a hard time getting my head around how teriyaki sauce apple red pepper ginger & soy sauce onion & bread crumbs come out like they did for the flavor. Sorry can't say enough so good & juicy with lots of flavor. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2012
These are very delicious. I followed the recipe as written other than that I cooked it on the George Foreman due to cold wet weather. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2013
Excellent recipe! I ground the pork myself with my stand mixer attachment and pushed the apples bell pepper and onion through the grinder with the pork. The chilling of the patties is super important or they will fall apart. The first time I made this recipe it turned into Asian inspired pork sloppy joes! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2013
What an incredible blend of flavors!! Adapted as others to what I had on hand: omitted bell pepper applesauce in place of cider flour in place of bread crumbs. Added 1 TBSP minced garlic and teaspoon of all spice. I also substituted an apple chipotle sauce for the teriyaki as I was anxious to try the chipotle sauce. Just the aroma was tantalizing! I look forward to grilling these burgers this summer but this time they baked for 20-25 minutes on a broiler pan in a 400 degree oven turned at 15 minutes and broiled on high for an additional 2 mins on each side to brown the burgers slightly. Topped with slices of apple additional chipotle sauce and mozzarella for the last 2 minutes of broiling - though I would've preferred a sharp white cheddar in place of the mozzarella (but we had none on hand). I'm confident these would've been exceptional exactly as the recipe is written but they were also easy to adapt to what was on hand and DELICIOUS and so moist! (Served with side of chipotle sweet potato fries.) Thanks Norm for the great recipe! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
Loved this recipe! Great flavors, easy to follow, moist, and delicious. The only change I made was I had to use apple juice instead of apple cider since that's what I had on hand. I served mine with some PF Changs egg rolls and fried rice from the freezer section at the grocery. The whole family loved it, would definitely recommend! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2013
Great recipe! I had to omit the bell peppers and soy sauce because I didn't have any but other than that I made no changes. We topped our burgers with chopped cilantro grated baby carrots sliced onions and a bit of sriracha sauce to add to the Asian flair. I'll be making this again! Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
06/18/2016
There are only two of us and two pounds of pork would last us forever so I proceeded to cut the recipe in half. I used 1 pound of ground pork half a small Granny Smith apple and 1/4 of a green bell pepper. We like onion so I used 1/2 a small red onion. Some of the other reviewers mentioned that it was hard to make the mixture stick together so I used more bread crumbs and all the liquid the recipe called for. It still wouldn't stick together. I added more bread crumbs but I still couldn't form the mixture into patties. The only other thing I could think of was to add an egg. I did that and still couldn't make patties. So I put the mixture in a loaf pan and made a meatloaf out of it! I baked it at 350º for 45 minutes. It was just OK. It won't take the place of my usual meatloaf and I won't even try to make burgers from this recipe. It didn't have much flavor but part of the reason for that is that the recipe doesn't call for adding any salt.Even I thought it desperately needed salt and I don't usually add salt to anything. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2015
This was a fantastic burger! I served it with a slaw on top which went so perfect with the apple in the burger! Also subbed the bread crumbs for panko since that's all I had...delicious!! Read More
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