Down Island Pork Burgers with Mango Mayo and Grilled Onions

I hope that everyone is gearing up for a happy and healthy 4th of July!  As of right now, my husband and I do not have any plans to celebrate, but my nieces will be down the street visiting my mother, so I see some hanging out and swimming in my near future – can’t complain about that!  If you are looking for some patriotic appetizers or desserts, check out what I made last year: Firecracker Cookies and Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs!  Including cake mix in a cookie recipe is basically the best invention ever.  EVER.


Also, what 4th of July is complete without grilling?  You can peruse all of my grilled recipes if you would like to choose one for your family or friend barbecue!  Don’t forget to add these Down Island Pork Burgers with Mango May and Grilled Onions from Sutter Home to the list!  I made these last month, also while my mother-in-law was visiting and they were absolutely delightful.  I do not think I have ever made pork burgers before, but I had bought ground pork on sale awhile ago and knew I had to take this opportunity!  Seriously, so good.  They were incredibly moist and flavourful.  The mango mayo was a bit…interesting, but it did add a great deal to the “down island” feel of the burgers.  The curry powder is crucial, by the way.  It is what MAKES these burgers what they are.  And who doesn’t love grilled onions?


I could seriously go on and on about these fantastic burgers, but instead I’ll get to the recipe, and let you get to the grocery shopping!


Side note: 4th of July is also not complete without paying homage to the amazing men and women who have made this country the free country that it is.  I have roots tied to other countries as well, and I don’t believe in selfish notion that the U.S. is the best country in the world, but I am happy to call it my home. =)


Down Island Pork Burgers with Mango Mayo and Grilled Onions

serves 4

For the mango mayo
-1/4cu mayonnaise
-1/2cu diced ripe mango
-2tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
For the patties
-1.5lbs ground pork
-2tbsp white cooking wine
-2tbsp hot sauce
-1/4cu panko
-4 large garlic cloves, minced
-4tsp minced fresh ginger
-4tsp curry powder
-1tsp salt
-1/2tsp ground allspice
For assembling
-Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
-sweet onion slices
-4 whole wheat buns
-desired toppings

-Pre-heat the grill on desired setting.
-To make the mayo, combine all of the ingredients in food processor and process until smooth.
-To make the patties, combine the pork, cooking wine, hot sauce, panko, garlic, ginger, curry powder, salt, and allspice in a large bowl. Mix the meat well, then form into 4 patties.
-When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, about 4-5 minutes on each side for medium. While the patties are cooking, place the onions on the grill rack and cook until golden brown and crisp-tender, about 2-3 minutes per side. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.
-To assemble the burgers, on each roll bottom, place a patty, an equal portion of the mayo, an onion slice, and your toppings. Add the tops and serve.


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