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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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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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.

Tips

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; protein 24.5g; carbohydrates 13.2g; dietary fiber 2.1g; sugars 7.1g; fat 8.6g; saturated fat 2.9g; cholesterol 65.8mg; vitamin a iu 5786.5IU; vitamin c 45mg; folate 23.4mcg; calcium 81.3mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 38.4mg; potassium 539.5mg; sodium 531.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1 vegetable, 1/2 fruit, 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat

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