Cajun Pork Burgers

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 29 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 14 min
  • Yield: 5 burgers
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Ingredients

3/4 pound andouille, removed from casing

1 pound ground pork

1 rib celery, finely chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 small white onion (boiling onion), finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped, about 1 tablespoon or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce, several drops

Coarse salt and black pepper

Special Sauce:

1/2 cup chili sauce

1/4 cup (3 well-rounded tablespoons) mayonnaise or reduced fat mayonnaise

1/4 cup (3 well-rounded tablespoons) prepared sweet red pepper relish

Toppings: Bibb lettuce or hearts of romaine, sliced vine ripe tomato, and 5 crusty rolls

Serving suggestion: Red Bean Salad, Cajun Oven Fries, recipes follow

Directions

  1. Cut sausage into large chunks and place in a food processor. Grind sausage into crumbles. Combine ground sausage with pork, vegetables, garlic, thyme, hot sauce and a little salt and pepper. Form mixture into patties and cook 7 minutes on each side on an indoor electric grill preheated to high. To cook in a skillet, heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and cook burgers 6 to 7 minutes on each side. For outdoor grill, cook patties 6-inches from hot coals or over medium high gas heat 6 minutes on each side, covered.
  2. Mix chili sauce, mayonnaise, and sweet relish in a small bowl. Serve burgers on crusty rolls with special sauce, lettuce, and tomato. Serve with red bean salad and Cajun oven fries.
  3. P.S. Don't forget a cold beer for Pop!
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