Are you a grilling maniac looking for healthy BBQ recipe ideas? Expand your culinary repertoire with this appetizing BBQ Pork and Apple Burger Recipe from HelloFresh. Served with a delicious, healthy side of rosemary potatoes and mixed green salad, this recipe is a hit with kids and adults alike!
30 - 40 minutes
Up to 4
30 - 40 minutes
Up to 4
Gas or Pellet Grill,
600 Grams Or 15 Oz
Salt & Pepper
Instant Meat Thermometer
Large Mixing Bowl
2 Baking Sheets
Step 1: Roast Potatoes
Preheat your gas or pellet grill on medium - high heat and don’t forget to lightly oil the grill grates.
Finely chop or slice 2 teaspoons of rosemary leaves. Cut the potatoes into ½-inch wedges. Place them in a covered container for 2 hours to really absorb the flavor.
Next put the potatoes in a saucepan and fill with salt water. Bring the water to a boil, cooking for 8 - 9 minutes on medium - high heat until they are tender.
Finally, drain the water and remove the potatoes from the saucepan. Place the potatoes on the grill over direct heat for approximately 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can use premium BBQ grill mats to keep your grates clean and save you some work during clean up.
To roast in an oven, set the temperature to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the potatoes onto a baking sheet and sprinkle half the rosemary leaves with 2 tablespoons of oil. Add salt and pepper for seasoning. Place in the middle rack and roast for 25 - 28 minutes.
Step 2: Prepare Pork Patties
Grate one apple using a box grater. Using a strainer and your hands, press out as much liquid from the shredded apple.
Next combine the grated apple with the ground pork, half a tablespoon of mustard, the remaining rosemary (1 tsp) and ¼ teaspoon of salt in one bowl. Mix it all together thoroughly and season with pepper.
Then, partition the pork into four equal portions of burger patties with a width of approximately 4 inches each.
Step 3: Grill Burgers
With your potatoes roasted and your grill set between med - high, you can now grill the burger patties. Cook over indirect heat for 4 - 5 minutes per side. They should look golden brown, with no pink areas remaining.
If you have an instant meat thermometer, cook until the internal temperature reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit, or 71 degrees Celsius.
Step 4: Toast Burger Buns
Brioche style burger buns are ideal for this recipe but any type of bun you prefer is fine. Halve the buns and place evenly across your grill. Usually, it’s best to divide your grill into sections. Use one side for meat, and the other for vegetables, breads, and everything else.
Set your grill temperature on med - low and avoid direct flames. They should only take 4 - 5 minutes to reach a toasty golden brown.
Step 5: Prepare Salad
In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, ½ tablespoon of dijon, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and ½ tablespoon of oil. In a separate bowl, thinly slice the remaining apple and toss in spring mix vegetables.
Step 6: Add Dressings And Serve
To serve, offer mayonnaise for the burgers as a spreading, and the vinegar dressing for the spring mix. Portion out the potatoes and salad, and enjoy!
Love the taste of grilled burgers on a gas grill? Check out these 5 Best Gas Grills for some ideas.
Charcoal Vs Gas: Which Is Better For Grilling?
Gas and charcoal grilling are both extremely popular methods of barbecue cooking for good reason. Finding a quality charcoal grill or gas grill really isn’t hard. Outdoor grilling over an open flame adds aromas and flavors to your food that an electric heating element can’t duplicate. But is one better than the other?
Taste may well be subjective, but there are health and ecological considerations as well. Food cooked with gas or charcoal may taste delicious, but the impact on your health is different for each.
Charcoal grillists will argue that their burgers taste infinitely better than gas because the charcoal adds flavor.
Not true at all.
Burning charcoal does have a wonderful aroma to it, when there’s food over it. By itself, a smoke pit of burning charcoal doesn’t produce an aroma. Burning carbon doesn’t have a taste. And both gas and charcoal are carbon fuels.
The flavoring in your burger is a result of the drippings. As food cooks, the juices drip onto the flame, releasing a burst of sugars, proteins and oils that coat your food.
Gas burns cleaner than charcoal. so food that drips onto burning charcoal also releases harmful carcinogens into your food.
Which leads to the next point.
Charcoal and gas grills can achieve extremely high temperatures. Your Weber or Traeger, a CampChef charcoal grill can reach as high as 3500 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s perfect temperature for braising or searing meat.
A gas or charcoal flame heats the cooking surface to produce radiant heat. The radiant heat is ultimately what cooks your burger or sausages. To create the right radiant heat, you need a heating surface that evenly distributes the heat and reflects it adequately with minimal heat loss.
Quality BBQ mats, grill grates, ceramic plates or lava rocks are the key to better tasting grilled food. But if you want to achieve higher temperatures, a gas grill burns at approximately 3500 degrees Fahrenheit, while charcoal grills reach a maximum of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, overall, gas grills are more efficient at heating. Gas is also healthier for grilling than charcoal.
5 Important Grilling Prep Tips
- Charcoal, gas or pellet, always start with a clean grill. Remove any excess dirt and debris from the smoke box or fire chamber and be sure your cooking grates are clean. If you’re using grill mats, these should be cleaned and pre-cut for use on your grill before you start grilling.
- Read over your recipe carefully to make sure you have all the grilling utensils you’ll need. If the recipe calls for a meat thermometer, check to be sure yours is calibrated and clean before inserting in any food.
- Oil or spray any nonstick grill grates you’re using before you heat your grill. Spraying or oiling grates over an open flame can be extremely dangerous.
- If you’re using gas, inspect the hose line and regulator for any holes or damage. Make sure that vents are clear of any obstruction and that flammable objects are out of reach from your grill.
- Preheat your grill before you begin cooking. Load the required fuel to capacity to avoid having to reload in the middle of your cooking. You should always have an estimate of the cooking time needed so you can have enough fuel for the job, whether it’s pellets, wood chips, gas or charcoal.