This was better than I expected! Anytime I open up a can of chipotle chilies for a recipe I look for other recipes that I can incorporate the rest of the chilies into. This combination of ingredients intrigued me so I thought why not? The only changes I made were subbing shallots for the green onions as that is what I had on hand and used a small amount of spring mix instead of butter lettuce. Will make this one again for sure and may even offer it at a cookout to change it up and surprise the skeptics.
Pecan-Crusted Pork Burgers With Dried Apricot-Chipotle Mayonnaise
Ground pork is becoming more common in the meat case. You can also ask your butcher to grind it. Usually the lean-to-fat ratio is similar to ground chuck. We find French hamburger buns at Publix grocery stores.
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- Vegetable cooking spray
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground pork
- 2 tablespoons reserved mayonnaise mixture from Dried Apricot-Chipotle Mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 French hamburger buns, split
- 4 Bibb lettuce leaves
- Dried Apricot-Chipotle Mayonnaise
- 1. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400°(medium-high) heat.
- 2. Gently combine pork and reserved 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise mixture until blended, using hands. Shape into 4 (4-inch-wide, 1-inch-thick) patties.
- 3. Stir together butter and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Sprinkle each patty with about 2 Tbsp. pecan mixture (about 1 Tbsp. on each side), gently pressing to adhere.
- 4. Grill pecan-covered pork patties, covered with grill lid, over 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer inserted into centers registers 155°.
- 5. Grill buns, cut sides down, 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce and Dried Apricot-Chipotle Mayonnaise.
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