Burgers, burgers, and more burgers!

We’ve been eating a lot of burgers recently. Pork burgers with tomatoes and goat feta cheese. Chicken burgers with rosemary and Romano and Asiago cheeses. And pork burgers with a cinnamon apple topping. I may have gone a bit overboard with the burger making.

Why have we been eating so many burgers you ask? Well, it’s because Bryan’s mother bought us a burger press for Christmas and I was excited to try it out! Before this amazing gift found its way into our home, all of our burgers were shaped by hand. Admittedly, I’m not very good at making burger patties that are even in thickness. Usually they would be thick and rounded in the middle and thin on the edges. Sort of like this:

Not anymore! The burger press makes them perfect every time.

I didn’t get photos of all the burgers, but I will be making many more and remaking some I’ve already made.

Here’s the recipe for our favourite burger so far.

Pork Burgers with Tomatoes and Goat Feta Cheese

Ingredients

For the burger

  • 1 pound of ground pork – approximate cost $2.50
  • 1 egg – approximate cost $0.25
  • ¾ cup of bread crumbs – approximate cost $0.25
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced – approximate cost $0.10
  • 2 tablespoons of sun-dried tomato pieces, soaked – approximate cost $0.50
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper – approximate cost $0.05

For the topping

  • 100 grams of goat feta cheese, crumbled – approximate cost $1.50
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes – approximate cost $2.00
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.05

Method

  1. Slice the grape tomatoes into halves and sprinkle with sea salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the burger ingredients: ground pork, egg, bread crumbs, minced garlic, sun-dried tomato pieces, and black pepper.
  3. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the burger ingredients (I’ve tried, a spoon just doesn’t cut it for this task).
  4. Divide the burger mixture into four portions and roll into balls.
  5. Using a burger press (or a flat surface if you don’t own one), form each portion into a burger patty.
  6. Cook the burger patties (I used a counter-top grill, but a barbecue, frying pan, or baking are also great options).
  7. Combine the salted tomato halves and crumbled goat feta cheese.
  8. Sprinkle a generous amount of the tomato mixture over each of the burger patties and serve.

Makes 4 servings (approximate cost: $1.80 per serving).

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