• 1 pound ground pork, *
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs, plain
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

In a small sauté pan, cook the minced garlic in oil just until fragrant, about one minute.  Remove from heat to cool.
In a medium bowl, mix the ground pork gently with the yolk.  In another small bowl, mix together with a fork the breadcrumbs, cumin, oregano, and cayenne.  Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on the meat and incorporate in, mixing gently.  Add garlic mixture and mix again.  Form into 10-12 patties.  Press a small thumb indentation in the middle.  Season with salt and pepper.

PREHEAT grill and season grill with towel dipped in vegetable oil (use tongs for safety).  Grill on medium high heat 3 minutes each side, or until cooked through, but slightly pink or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degree F.

Yield: 4-6 servings; 2 patties per serving

*Nutritionals based on 72% lean ground pork.

Recipe courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian, on behalf of The National Pork Board

Calories: 430 calories

Protein: 19 grams

Fat: 37 grams

Sodium: 130 milligrams

Cholesterol: 140 milligrams

Saturated Fat: 11 grams

Carbohydrates: 7 grams

Fiber: 1 grams