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Grilled Ham Burgers

My family loves my ham loaf, so I decided to make the ham loaf mixture into patties and grill them—it was an instant hit. Adding the arugula gives these burgers a peppery bite and honey mustard dressing adds just the right sweet and sour flavor. —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds fully cooked boneless ham
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened crushed pineapple plus 3 tablespoons juice
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese (1 ounce each)
  • 8 kaiser rolls, split
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut in sixteen 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup honey mustard salad dressing
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh baby arugula, packed
  • Additional honey mustard salad dressing, optional


  • Pulse ham in food processor until finely ground. Combine with pork, eggs, cracker crumbs, brown sugar, pineapple and juice, mustard and cloves. Mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into eight patties. Using fingertips, make a shallow indentation in center of each patty so it remains flat while grilling. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Grill burgers, covered, on a greased rack over medium-high direct heat for 5-6 minutes; turn and grill another 3-4 minutes. Add a slice of cheese to each burger; grill, covered, until cheese melts, 1-2 minutes more. Remove from heat when a thermometer reads 160°.
  • Place a burger on bottom half of each roll; add two tomato slices. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon honey mustard dressing. Divide arugula evenly among rolls; top each burger with a few sprigs. Replace top half of roll. If desired, serve with additional dressing.

Test Kitchen Tip
  • Since you've already fired up the grill make a double batch and freeze what you don't eat. A minute or two in the microwave to reheat and it will taste just like it came hot off the grill.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 burger: 632 calories, 28g fat (9g saturated fat), 149mg cholesterol, 1430mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 40g protein.

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    • Callie
      Jun 30, 2020

      These are delightful!! The only thing is that they do break apart whole coming them. Thankfully I read the other comments and decided to grill them over foil. I will make these again, but I'll alter the recipe so they don't break apart.

    • dlynsmith9
      Jul 4, 2019

      This recipe was easy, but the burgers did not stay together on the grill. I think it would work better on a griddle or skillet. It had a great flavor, and I ended up putting the crumbled patties on aluminum foil on the grill to finish the cooking. I followed the recipe, so I don't know what went wrong.

    • whee256
      Jul 18, 2017

      I love ham loaf so I cannot wait to try this! Sounds so good!

    • amehart
      May 23, 2017

      Wow! What a great burger! My family initially had trouble getting beyond the "beef" burger, but once they tasted this it was a hit! We only need 4, so I did as suggested and grilled up the rest to freeze. No one could wait long so we are having them again tomorrow night - haha!