Tested till perfect Sage Apple Pork Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Sage Apple Pork Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Photography by Matthew Kimura

Sage Apple Pork Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Not your average backyard fare, these thick, juicy burgers, dressed up with lettuce and thinly sliced apple, are fancy enough for casual entertaining. And since you can make the patties and the caramelized onions ahead, they might become a weeknight grilling favourite, too.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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  • Portion size 4


  • 1 1eggeggs
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupapple juiceapple juice
  • 2 2green oniongreen onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupdry bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspfinely chopped fresh sage, (or 1/2 tsp/2 mL dried)
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppepper
  • 1 lb 1lblean ground pork
  • 4 4onion or hamburger bunhamburger buns
  • 4 4leaves leaf lettuce
  • 1 1red-skinned appleapples, thinly sliced

Carmelized Onions

  • 1 tbsp 1tbspvegetable oil
  • 1 1large oniononions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspgranulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspwine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
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In bowl, beat egg with apple juice. Stir in green onions, bread crumbs, sage, salt and pepper; mix in pork. Shape into four 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick patties. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours. Or layer between waxed paper in airtight container and freeze for up to 1 month; thaw in refrigerator.)

Caramelized Onions:
In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; fry onion, stirring occasionally, until turning golden, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and vinegar; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until deep golden, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, place patties on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and cook, turning once, until no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes. Cut buns in half; place, cut sides down, on grill and toast until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.

Place lettuce, apple, patties then onions on bottoms of buns; sandwich with tops.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 523 pro 30g total fat 21g sat. fat 6g
carb 53g fibre 6g chol 121mg sodium 906mg

% RDI:

calcium 12 iron 30 vit A 5 vit C 20
folate 39
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