Pork and Apple Burgers

Recipe for Pork and Apple Burgers

Apple is to pork what stuffing is to chicken, or horseradish to beef. A timeless combination that almost never fails, the natural sweetness afforded by grated apple complements and helps bring out the flavour of pork. This recipe for Pork and Apple Burgers demonstrates how simple and effective the duo can be – you’ll never look back.

Pork burgers are quite different from those made with beef. Beef, for want of a better description, has a very “meaty” feel to it; it feels dense and filling. Pork mince, as you might expect, has a lighter make-up and makes for a very appealing contrast when you’re in need of something that little bit more dainty. Throw in a little apple and paprika and what you’ve got is a delicate burger worthy of those homemade bread rolls that have just emerged from your oven.

As you’ll likely realise, I’m a fan of simplicity in cooking. One or two flavours here and there to make special ingredients sing. However, if you’re looking to spice your pork and apple burgers up a little, the addition of a few finely chopped leaves of sage would go an awfully long way. Thyme would also be a fine option, but don’t overdo it – 1 tablespoon will do; hiding the sweet apple flavour would be sinful.

Recipe for Homemade Pork Burgers

For an interesting, almost experimental, exploration of the pork and apple combination check out my recipe for Smoked Bacon and Ricotta Ravioli with Apple Sauce…

Pork and Apple Burgers

Makes 4


  • 500g pork mince
  • 2 cloves of garlic, mashed
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a little black pepper
  • sunflower oil, for frying


  1. Tip the pork mince, garlic, apple, red onion, paprika, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper into a large mixing bowl and bring together thoroughly with your hands.
  2. Form the mixture into 4 patties or burgers and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. If you’re not confident about seasoning you can cook a little of the mixture and taste.
  3. When chilled heat 3-4 tbsp of sunflower oil in a heavy-based frying pan and cook the pork burgers over a medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side.
  4. The burgers should be golden brown and cooked through. Serve in a burger bun with a handful of red cabbage slaw.

Pork and Apple Burgers Recipe How to Make Pork Burgers

Cost: At £1/100g pork mince is a delightfully inexpensive meat, even more so than beef. And if you’re watching your pennies you can pick up the remaining ingredients for as little as 80p. As such, this recipe, which yields 4 generously sized pork and apple burgers, should set you back no more than £5.80 to make.

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23 comments on “Pork and Apple Burgers

  1. angsturban
    May 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Mmm, sounds delicious! What’s that yellowish sauce you used under the patty? Or is it just the juice from the patty itself?

    • frugalfeeding
      May 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you – that was just very vibrant olive oil 🙂

  2. Conor Bofin
    May 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    That looks excellent Nick. Pork and apple – what a perfect combo.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you, Conor – the flavours worked very well.

  3. Eha
    May 22, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Love the recipe! Have used apple and pork together [lovely and juicy too!] but have not added sweet paprika and that touch does appeal 🙂 !

    • frugalfeeding
      May 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Just a little paprika really lifts the flavour in a subtle way.

  4. Doggy's Style
    May 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Hell yeah!
    I’m having some this weekend, sounds delicious. I haven’t cooked one of your recipes since the Thai Red Fish Curry, which was delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      That was a while ago 😀 – you must try something else soon!

  5. chagrinnamontoast
    May 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Gorgeous. Will definitely try this.

  6. oceanviewkitchen
    May 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Sounds delicious!!!

  7. littlelotusblossom
    May 31, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never thought to make burgers out of ground pork! I’m very keen to try this!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      It’s so delicious and succulent – really worth a go.

  8. Sabaribook
    June 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Wonderful!Looks very tasty.Will try it for sure! 🙂

  9. droolfactor
    June 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Gorgeous looking burger!

  10. Christie
    September 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Hello, I’m looking forward to trying these pork and apple burgers. They look wonderful! I’m considering doubling the recipe and freezing half to cook another day. Do you think these would freeze well?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Sorry for the late reply! They’ll freeze just fine. Enjoy.

  11. NW
    March 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    can you grill these instead of frying?

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