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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.
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.
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.
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:
Cilantro Pork Burgers
- 1 lb ground pork lean or extra lean
- ½ cup instant oat
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro finely chopped
- 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
- 6 burger buns
- 12 tomato slices
- 6 lettuce leaves
- 6 tbsp low sodium mayo
- Preheat the BBQ on high heat. (Lid closed)
- Combine all the patty ingredients and patty spices.
- 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).
- 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.
- Assemble the burgers.
This recipe is for informational purposes only.