Jerk Pork Cheeseburgers with Green Apple Slaw

March 2008
Jerk Pork Cheeseburgers with Green Apple Slaw

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 35 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled, grated and patted dry
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon plus 1-1/2 tablespoons juice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chopped chives
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning, such as McCormick
  • 5 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon
  • 4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted
Directions
  1. 1. In a medium bowl, toss the apples with the lemon peel and juice. Add the mayonnaise, chives, 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1/2 tablespoon jerk seasoning; stir to combine; refrigerate.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1 1/2 tablespoons jerk seasoning. Add the ground pork and combine. Shape into four 1-inch-thick patties, pressing your thumb in the center of each to prevent it from bulging.
  3. 3. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving the skillet with the drippings. Cover the bacon with foil to keep warm. Heat the bacon drippings over medium-high heat until sizzling. Add the pork patties and cook for 4 minutes; flip, lower the heat to medium and cook for 3 minutes more. Lower the heat to low and top each patty with a quarter of the cheese; cover the skillet and cook until the cheese is melted and the patties are cooked through, about 2 minutes more.
  4. 4. Place a pork patty on each toasted roll bottom; top with 2 bacon slices, a quarter of the apple slaw and a roll top.
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