Cilantro Pork Burgers

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Summer rhymes with burger! I love cooking burgers on the grill on hot sunny days. One of my favorites is the Cilantro Pork Burger. So here’s my recipe for anyone who loves pork AND cilantro.

A close-up of the cilantro pork burger served on a wooden board with a green salad.
A simple and delicious cilantro pork burger!

How to make cilantro pork burgers

I think cooking burgers should always be quick and easy. I often cook that when I invite people for dinner. Even though I like being in the kitchen, I don’t like to invite friends and family to end up spending all my time cooking instead of enjoying the moment with them.

That’s why I kept this recipe really straightforward. To make these cilantro pork burgers, all you need to do is chop some fresh cilantro, combine all the ingredients, shape your patties, cook them and assemble them. Better yet, let your guests assemble their burgers themselves!

Tips to make great cilantro pork burgers

Making these cilantro pork burgers is easy, but here are some tips for making better burgers in general without too much effort.

Grill the buns

It’s mostly a matter of taste, but grilling the buns on the BBQ will also keep them from getting soggy. Instead, they’ll stay dry and a bit crunchy. If you are not cooking on a barbecue, you can lightly toast them in the toaster.

Grilled burger buns on the BBQ grid.
Avoid soggy buns by grilling them.

Let rest at room temperature

If you prepare your cilantro pork burger patties just before cooking them, you don’t need to do this because the meat will already be less cold.

But if you shape your patties ahead of time and put them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them, just let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes. This will avoid having well-cooked patties on the outside and raw in the center.

Reduce handling

When cooking burger patties, you should handle them as little as possible. That’s why in this recipe, I suggest putting them on the grill (or in a pan) and turning them only once. The less you touch them, the better they will be.

Press the center of the patties

Patties made from ground meat tend to swell at the center while cooking. To help reduce or avoid this and get flat patties, simply press down with the back of a spoon (or your thumb) the center of the patties. They will regain their thickness in the center while cooking.

Cilantro pork burger toppings

For this recipe, I only used lettuce leaves and tomato slices to keep it simple and make a basic recipe that is easy to customize. The most important thing to remember here is to use low sodium and kidney-friendly toppings.

For example, I used my own low sodium mayonnaise to reduce the sodium content of the recipe. You should also use fresh vegetables instead of pickled ones. If you like adding ketchup to your burger I suggest you take a look at my low sodium ketchup recipe.

More meaty recipes

A kidney healthy diet should prioritize plant-based recipes. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s impossible to never enjoy a meal with meat once in a while. Always follow the advices of a registered dietitian or your healthcare team.

Here is others meaty recipes tasty and low in sodium like this cilantro pork burger recipe:

Pulled Beef with Mustard & Maple Syrup

Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Slow Cooker Boneless Pork Roast

Featured cilantro pork burger on a wooden board served with a healthy green salad.

Cilantro Pork Burgers

A very simple pork burger with made with fresh cilantro. Low in sodium, it's a great recipe for the BBQ!
5 from 10 votes
High protein | Low sodium
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Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 30 mins
Course Main Courses
Method BBQ and Grillades, Cooktop
Servings 6 Burgers
Calories 383 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Patty ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork lean or extra lean
  • ½ cup instant oat
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro finely chopped

Patty spices

  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves

Burger toppings

  • 6 burger buns
  • 12 tomato slices
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 tbsp low sodium mayo

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the BBQ on high heat. (Lid closed)
    Preheat the BBQ while preparing the recipe.
  • Combine all the patty ingredients and patty spices.
    All the ingredients needed to make cilantro pork burger patties in a stainless steel mixing bowl.
  • Form burger patties half an inch thick and press the back of a spoon (or your thumb) in the center each of each of them. Each patty will be approximately ⅓ heaping measuring cup of meat (Between 90 and 95g).
    Cilantro pork burger patties placed on a baking sheet.
  • Cook on the grill over medium-high heat for 4 minutes (Lid closed). Then gently flip them over and cook for another 4 minutes (Lid closed). You can also cook the patties the same way in a pan.
    Cilantro pork burger patties cooking on the grill at medium-high heat.
  • Assemble the burgers.
    Assembled cilantro pork burger on a wooden board served with green salad.

Notes

Note 1 – Press the center of the patties
Pressing the center of the patties help avoid or at least reduce the bloating effect when they cook. That way, you will get flat patties to make your delicious burgers!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Pork Burgers
Serving Size
 
1 Burger
Amount per Serving
Calories
383
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Cholesterol
 
83
mg
28
%
Sodium
 
272
mg
12
%
Potassium
 
427
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
442
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
7
mg
8
%
Calcium
 
104
mg
10
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
Phosphorus
 
240
mg
24
%
*5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot

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