Today we take a moment to honor all those Heroes of 9-11. Much has been written of the NYPD and NYFD for their heroic acts on that day but we must also remember the medical personnel and other service organizations who came from all over the country to lend their talents, knowledge, expertise and comfort wherever needed on that day. They, too, are Heroes of 9-11. For all our Heroes, this hearty Pork Burger with all the trimmings, is dedicated.
Hero-Sized Pork Burgers
- 2 lbs ground, lean pork
- 1 tbsp. Kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp. caraway seeds
- 1 Tbsp. rye seeds (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. freshly cracked pepper *
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil
- Buns or Hoagie rolls
- Mustard or Ketchup
- Sliced Kosher Dill Pickles, optional
- Sliced onion raw or Caramelized onions
- Chips or French Fries
Put the ground pork in a large mixing bowl and add the salt, caraway seeds, rye seeds (if using), and cracked, black pepper. Using your hands, mix spices into the meat until thoroughly blended. Add chopped parsley and sour cream and mix well. Form into patties anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 pound each.
Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan or griddle (spray with cooking spray if not non-stick) on medium heat. Add burger patties and cook slowly 4-5 minutes each side until the internal temperature reaches 155 on an instant read thermometer. Alternately, cook on a grill on medium heat 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked through,
Remove the burgers from the heat and cover with foil to keep them hot; briefly toast the buns on the pan or grill. Top each burger with mustard or ketchup, onions and pickle slices if desired. Serve with coleslaw, chips or French Fries.
TIP: For cracked pepper, place whole black peppercorns close together on a cutting board and smack them with the flat side of a chef’s knife or cleaver. This will give you large chucks of pepper. You can use freshly ground black pepper as an alternative.