Burgers al Pastor

"These burgers are a fun take on the traditional street taco I grew up eating in Tijuana," says Marcela.

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
20 min
30 min
25 min

6 servings

  • 6 dried guajillo chile peppers, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 teaspoons crumbled dried marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons crumbled dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweetened pineapple juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • Vegetable oil, for the baking sheets
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 sesame hamburger buns
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • Soak the chiles in boiling water until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and puree with the marjoram, oregano, garlic, one-quarter of the chopped onion and the pineapple juice in a blender until smooth. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Blend to combine.

  • Combine the pork and the marinade with a fork in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the broiler. Divide the pork mixture into 6 equal portions. Shape each portion into a 3/4-inch-thick patty. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet; place the patties on the baking sheet and broil until slightly charred and cooked through, about 9 minutes per side. Transfer the burgers to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Let rest about 8 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, lightly oil another rimmed baking sheet, add the pineapple and broil until slightly charred, about 2 minutes per side.

  • Spread about 1 teaspoon mayonnaise on the cut sides of each bun and broil them until the mayonnaise has melted, about 2 minutes. Place the burgers on the bottom halves of the buns. Top with the pineapple, cilantro, the remaining chopped onion and the bun tops.

  • Photograph by Ryan Dausch

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