Val Plagge of Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids is our guest blogger for today’s Great Summer #PorkOff burger! Val is a great friend, and fellow North Iowa Blogger who shares a love of blogging and agriculture advocacy with me. She loves to volunteer in many ways around her community and does all of this while taking care of three young children. She’s an Iowa farm mom in its truest form! Check out her blog! Today, shes giving us the recipe for her Iowa Bacon Burger.
Iowa Bacon Burger
2 lb. ground pork
1/2 lb. bacon
1 packet (1 ounce) onion soup mix
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 Tbsp seasoning salt
Grind bacon up so it is similar in size to the ground pork in your food processor. If you don’t have a food processor slice the bacon to 1/4″ pieces. Mix the pork, bacon, soup mix, bread crumbs, seasoning salt and egg in large bowl. Form into 8 round patties; make a thumb print in the middle of each patty so it cooks evenly. Place on preheated grill over medium heat. Grill each side 4 to 5 minutes until burger reaches 145 degrees. Serve on hamburger bun with toppings of choice. Our family loves topping these burgers with BBQ sauce and dill pickle slices.
When you think of a good burger you probably think of beef. While I will agree that beef does make a delicious burger, I hope you try my Iowa bacon pork burger recipe. I think the key to a good pork burger is seasoning and fat. Pork is a lean meat, so adding bacon into the meat mixture of this burger gives it a rich flavor. Plus the combination or the soup mix and seasoning salt gives it a nice zest. Raising our own hogs means our freezer is 95% filled with pork, so I’m always creating new recipes to give a new spin on pork. A hobby of my husband’s is actually making his own bacon. So anytime I can use some of his bacon it is an added bonus!