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Stuffed Smoky Pork Burgers

These smoky pork burgers are far from ordinary. The ground pork makes them juicy and extra flavorful. Stuffing them takes a bit of extra time, but it's well worth it! —Francine Lizotte, Surrey, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Grill: 15 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
  • 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • Sliced Jarlsberg cheese, optional
  • 12 hamburger buns, split

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 24 thin patties. Divide pineapple, bacon and barbecue sauce over center of 12 patties; top with remaining patties, pressing edges firmly to seal. Refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until a thermometer reads 160°, 7-8 minutes on each side. If desired, top with cheese; grill, covered, until cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes longer. Serve on buns and if desired top additional barbecue sauce, red onion and fresh basil.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 508 calories, 25g fat (9g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 724mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 35g protein.

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