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May 20, 2018

Grilled Pork Burger with a Hawaiian-Style Bun

Grilled Pork Burger with a Hawaiian-Style Bun topped with coleslaw and dressed with Cherry Chipotle Sauce.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. I received product samples from sponsors to use in creating #BBQWeek recipes. However, all opinions are mine alone.

Grilled Pork Burger with a Hawaiian-Style Bun

This grilled pork burger is not just a burger patty made from ground pork. There's lots of good stuff in the patty, like shallots, garlic, thyme, chiles, chorizo, and bacon.

Put all those flavors together, grill, top with some fresh coleslaw, and serve it on a grilled Hawaiian-style bun slathered in Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle Sauce created by my friend Erika, who wanted to create sugar free, corn syrup free, and artificial sweetener free sauce for grilling and dipping. (Update: Erika has decided to discontinue Not Ketchup).

Grilled Pork Burger with a Hawaiian-Style Bun with Not Ketchup

I also made my own Hawaiian-style burger buns for these grilled pork burgers. I cut this recipe for Hawaiian rolls in half and shaped the dough into eight burger buns. I love the subtle sweet flavor of the bread, and think it goes so well with pork.

Rest assured, you can use the delicious Hawaiian rolls from your grocery store, or any burger bun of your choice. You'll still create a delicious grilled burger.

Hawaiian-Style hamburger buns

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Yield: 6 burgers

Grilled Pork Burger with a Hawaiian-Style Bun


For the Burger
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grilling
  • 1/2 cup diced shallots
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 3 fresh Thai chiles, minced
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/4 pound fresh Mexican chorizo
  • 3 ounces bacon, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 6 Hawaiian-style burger buns (see note above)
  • 1 recipe Coleslaw (see below)
  • Cherry chipotle sauce or sauce of your choice
For the Coleslaw
  • 12 ounces of bagged coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


To make the burgers:
  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium low heat. Add the shallots and cook for a few minutes until the shallots begin to soften. Add the cumin, garlic, thyme, and the minced chiles. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 more minutes. Turn off the heat and cool. 
  2. In a large bowl, gently mix the ground pork, chorizo, bacon, cooked shallot mixture, and parsley, 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper with your hands. Form the mixture into 6 patties. If you are not using them right away, wrap them individually and refrigerate. 
  3. Brush the patties on both sides with olive oil and cook the patties on the grill or on a grill pan about 4 minutes per side, until they are browned on both sides and the interior of the burgers reaches at least 150 to 160 degrees F. Remove the burgers to a plate and tent with foil. 
  4. While the burgers are resting, grill the buns briefly to brown. 
  5. Spread the bottom bun with the cherry chipotle sauce, add the burger patty, top with cole slaw, and add the top of the bun. 
To make the coleslaw:
  1. Add the coleslaw mixture to a medium bowl. 
  2. In another bowl, mix the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, chives, scallion, and salt and pepper. 
  3. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the vegetables, and toss. Refrigerate until ready to use. 

This recipe was inspired by Suzanne Goin's grilled pork burger on Food 52

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  1. Now that the weather is getting nice here, we grill out 4 to 5 times per week. These burgers look like the perfect addition to our menu!

  2. I normally pass on the buns...but with this sandwich...NO WAY!!! This sounds and looks so good!

  3. Your grilled pork burger with slaw is my kind of sandwich!

  4. We grill every weekend here in Louisiana if the weather permits.

  5. I need to start buying charcoal in bulk so we can grill more often. Currently its 1-2 times per week, but I'm very open to more since I don't have to do it. :) I love the flavor combinations for this pork burgers.

  6. A fantastic pork burger and I love the coleslaw topping and rolls are yummy.

  7. This looks amazing! I love the flavors and how easy it is to put it all together. I'm so ready to fire up my grill!

  8. Love these flavors and easy meals! Going on our grill soon! Yum!

  9. Both the burger and bun recipe sound amazing. The coleslaw takes it over the top!

    1. Thanks so much! It was fun to put together.

  10. With those Thai chillies in the burger, I am hooked!

  11. YAAASSSSSSSSSS! To all of this! It looks so moist and delicious.

    1. Thanks! The bacon and chorizo in the burger were game changing.

  12. I love that you added Mexican Chorizo to these burgers. Going to give this recipe a try real soon!

  13. I love the coleslaw on top! Thanks for sharing on the Celebrate 365 Blog Party!

    1. I loved this recipe so much I included it in my #Celebrate365 Grilling Bucket List: Thanks again for linking it up!

    2. Thank you!! Loved the post and shared it.

  14. I love pork and this burger looks amazing! The Cherry Chipotle "Not Ketchup" sauce is one of my favorites. The pork with the sauce is the perfect combination!


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