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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011

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  • Preheat grill to medium-high (or see Stovetop Variation).

  • Combine soy sauce, scallions, garlic, ginger and 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a small bowl.

  • 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 3/4 inch thick. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil and vinegar to the remaining sauce mixture and set aside.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 155 degrees 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.

  • 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 Facts

217 calories; 8.6 g total fat; 2.9 g saturated fat; 66 mg cholesterol; 531 mg sodium. 540 mg potassium; 13.2 g carbohydrates; 2.1 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 24.5 g protein; 5786 IU vitamin a iu; 45 mg vitamin c; 23 mcg folate; 81 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 38 mg magnesium;

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Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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. Read More