Pork Gouda Burgers – Burgers made from ground pork and topped with smoked gouda cheese, caramelized onions, and homemade garlic aioli.
Summertime is coming and that means that good food is upon us. Not since the holidays has there been a revolving door of great food at our house.
That’s about to change! In the summer, it seems like our fridge is always stocked with tons of fresh produce and leftovers from grilling sessions and parties. Now that our little girl loves to explore new foods, I can’t be more excited to have so many for her to try this season!
Burgers are definitely at the top of our list of summertime favorites. Typically, we’re grilling out when we’re making burgers, but I made this one on the stovetop in my cast iron. You can make these burgers either way, honestly. I just didn’t feel like being outside this time.
Today’s burger recipe is going to floor you. Not only does it use a different meat patty than the classic, it also uses a different cheese. We’re really switching things up here today!
And now for the recipe…I present to you my Pork Gouda Burgers!
How are these burgers are made
These burgers are so jam-packed with flavor that your tongue won’t know what hit it. First, we have ground pork loaded with smoked paprika and minced onions. The onions are key for keeping these lean burgers moist.
Next, we have the smoked gouda cheese. Gouda is a nutty cheese that can easily transform any mac & cheese or grilled cheese sandwich from childhood meal to gourmet dish. It does the same for these burgers! Who would have thought that doing something as simple as swapping out cheeses could transform a burger?!
Up next – the caramelized onions. I don’t have to tell you how magical onions can tastes when they’ve been given the opportunity to cook until soft and caramelized. And it doesn’t take much to get them this way. All you do is slice onions and cook over medium heat with butter, salt, and sugar. The onions in this recipe only take 10 minutes to soften up.
Finally, there’s the garlic aioli. Aioli is just another name for fancy mayo. This mayo is made with half sour cream and half mayo, salt, pepper, and fresh minced garlic. Not only does it add a punch of flavor to the pork burgers, but it also adds creaminess to every bite.
Tips & Tricks
There really isn’t anything complicated about these burgers. Regardless, I still have a couple helpful tips on how to get this recipe perfect the first time:
- Caramelized onions take time to cook. Be patient with them – they aren’t done until they are so soft that they look like jam.
- When forming the pork patties, make sure to make a small well in the center. When the patties cook, they will have a tendency to balloon in the center. If you make a well in the center of the patties before cooking, you can help the patties form a more uniform shape
- Don’t forget to toast the buns! These pork gouda burgers are loaded with ingredients so you need the buns to be slightly toasted so they’re strong enough to hold everything together
Pork Gouda Burgers
For the burgers:
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 slices smoked gouda cheese
- 10 ounces ground pork
- 2 tabalespoons sour cream
- 2 hamburger buns slightly toasted
- 2 tablespoons mayo
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Slice onion into strips. Mince a few strips until you have 2 tablespoons. Set minced onion aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon to large saute pan and set to medium heat. Add sliced onions, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of water to help get the onions a little mushy. Cook until water has evaporated. Remove from heat.
- While onions cook, mix ground pork with minced onions, paprika, half of minced garlic, and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Form into to patties. Heat another saute pan over medium heat with a large drizzle of olive oil. Once hot, add patties and cook for 7 minutes. Flip patties and cook for 4 more minutes. Turn off heat.
- Add one slice of cheese to eat patty. Cover for 1 minute or until cheese is melted. Remove from saute pan and place on bottom half of bun. Top with caramelized onions.
- In a small dish, add sour cream, mayo, other half of minced garlic, salt, and pepper (to taste). Stir to combine. Spread onto top half of hamburger bun. Top burger with top bun. Serve immediately.