Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pork and Peanut Burgers

Not your typical burger, but boy are these delicious.

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
1 TBS snipped fresh cilantro
1 TBS grated fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 pound lean ground pork
1 TBS sesame oil (not toasted)
1/3 cup Asian sweet chili sauce or chili sauce
1 TBS creamy peanut butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup baby spinach (or baby bok choy leaves)
Pita bread, rolls, or hamburger buns (split and toasted)
Chopped dry-roasted peanuts

In a medium bowl, combine onion, the 1/4 cup peanuts, cilantro, ginger, the three garlic cloves, salt and crushed red pepper.  Add ground pork; mix well.  Shape mixture into four 1/2-inch thick patties.  Brush patties with oil; set aside.

For sauce, in a small bowl, combine the chili sauce, peanut butter and the 1 clove garlic; set aside.

For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 10-13 minutes or until done (160), turning once halfway through grilling.  (For a gas grill, preheat grill.  Reduce heat to medium.  Place patties on grill rack over heat.  Cover and grill as above.)

To serve, place some of the spinach on the pita bread or bun.  Top with the burger, sauce, additional peanuts and more spinach.

Makes 4 servings

Source:  Grill It! - Better Homes and Gardens Magazine


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