Sesame-Ginger Pork Patty with Grilled Pineapple

Sesame-Ginger Pork Patty with Grilled Pineapple

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011

Ditch the bun and serve this Asian-inspired pork burger with sweet grilled pineapple on top of a zesty watercress-and-carrot salad. We like the taste and texture of fresh pineapple for this recipe, but canned pineapple rings work well too. Serve with short-grain brown rice.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 4 pineapple rings, ¼ inch thick
  • 4 cups watercress (about 1 large bunch), tough stems removed
  • 1 cup shredded carrot


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  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (or see Stovetop Variation).
  2. Combine soy sauce, scallions, garlic, ginger and 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a small bowl.
  3. Place pork in a medium bowl. Add half of the sauce mixture to the pork and gently combine without overmixing. Form into 4 patties, about ¾ inch thick. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil and vinegar to the remaining sauce mixture and set aside.
  4. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 155°F, 4 to 5 minutes per side. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add the pineapple rings to the grill and cook, turning once, until dark grill marks appear.
  5. Combine watercress and carrot in a large bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons of the reserved sauce. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Top each portion with a pineapple ring and a burger. Drizzle any remaining sauce on top.
  • Stovetop Variation: Coat a nonstick pan, preferably cast-iron (or a grill pan), with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add burgers, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer registers 155°F (for pork and bison) or 165° (for beef or chicken), 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  • Tip: To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 217 calories; 9 g fat(3 g sat); 2 g fiber; 13 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 23 mcg folate; 66 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 5,786 IU vitamin A; 45 mg vitamin C; 81 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 531 mg sodium; 540 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (116% daily value), Vitamin C (75% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, ½ fruit, 3 lean meat, ½ fat

Reviews 4

August 24, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Great flavor, I used the Zen mix from Earthbound Farms Organics because I don't care for watercress. I made a cilantro rice to go with and it complimented the dish nicely. Fresh pineapple a must. I keep peeled ginger in the freezer, when you grate it, it's like snow and it doesn't stick to the grater.
September 09, 2011
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By: Granny48
It is Just Okay As always, the grilled pineapple was fantastic. I loved the sauce. I didn't have watercress, so I made a regular tossed salad with romaine. I wasn't that crazy about the pork patty. It didn't have enough flavor for me. I probably won't make this again.
June 20, 2011
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By: Celeste4ever
A great dish for the famiy The surprise of the different flavors in every bite is what made this dish!!!! Pros: Each family member loved this dish for a variety of reasons. We especially enjoyed the sweetness of the pineapple mixed with the different flavors from the spices and pork!!! Cons: Would of gave it 5 stars but next time I will go less on the dressing for the salad. Other then that it was perfect!
May 18, 2011
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By: bhamrick
Calorie Count? This is good, BUT the published calorie count per serving CAN NOT be correct! Example (per serving): Pork = 232 Pineapple = 14 Sesame oil = 20 Total so far = 266 Now lets's talk about the fat grams...9g??? Really...I believe it is 16.25g!
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