A juicy beef and pork non-traditional burger, filled with umami flavours and breaks all the rules of how you were told a hamburger should be made.

Hamburgers are simple to make, and can satisfy all sorts of cravings but let’s be honest, there are many ways to enjoy it and everybody has a preference. There’s no such thing as a perfect burger because everyone’s idea of perfection is different. So it’s always good to have options right? Let’s go through the experiments I have been tinkering with and see if we can get your perfect burger! Traditionalist be warned, I have butchered every hamburger rule out there. πŸ˜€

 

Umami Beef & Pork Burgers

 

 

BURGER TINKERING

Flavour

Some enjoy their burger with a bit of spice, some like it plain – neither is bad, or wrong as long as you enjoy it. πŸ™‚

 

Pork and beef? Yes! One of the best burgers I ever ate was a pure pork burger! So I simply had to combine this with beef to see how that turned out. Result? A very juicy burger. You don’t need to even add fat! or use fattier cuts of meat! I have tried using 50% beef/50% pork as well as 70% beef/30% pork both are equally fantastic.

 

Mustard in the burger and not as topping? Yup! When I ate at the Burger Priest I really enjoyed the Jarge-style burger, there’s something about searing mustard into meat that gives it a caramelized flavour. It’s a tough flavour to describe but there’s nothing like it! You can brush it on the burger before searing it or put it right in!

 

I used powdered onion and garlic powder simply because I don’t like biting into chunks of onions and garlic in my burger.

 

You can omit spices or add spices to your preference. If you enjoy a heavier spiced burger go nuts – dill is fantastic in burgers! If you enjoy the flavour of just the meat then go light on the spice.

 

One thing you cannot substitute and I highly recommend not omitting is the miso. Instead of adding salt, I used miso instead which also gives it that nice umami flavour. This is the secret ingredient! πŸ™‚

 

Texture

I like my burger with a bit of a bouncy give. I like to feel that chew when I bite into a burger and I know most people enjoy a more crumbly melt in your mouth burger but I find that too soft. So I experimented with the dumpling meat method to give my burger a bit of a chew.

 

The dumpling method is to over mix the meat, mix it in one direction for a long period of time and you get a tougher and bouncier textured meat. (you must think I’m crazy because every single recipe out there tells you never to over work your meat, and I am doing the complete opposite right? I know I thought I was insane too.) I used a stand mixer and mixed it for about 5 minutes on medium speed. A hand mixer might work as well but I haven’t tried using it so let me know if you go that route and how that worked for you!

 

The result is a burger with a bit of a give that holds together very well. It doesn’t fall apart and it isn’t tough or dry. We can thank the pork for that.

 

I added an egg to my burger to give it the smooth buttery texture. I am not a huge fan of burgers crumbly ground meat texture in burgers, however if you enjoy that crumbly meat texture feel free to omit the egg.

 

My findings in short:

Stand Mixer – Firmer textured burger, with a nice bounce. Burgers hold very well together.
Manually Mix by Hand – Softer burger, burgers still hold well together as long as there is an egg

Adding an Egg – Smoother buttery textured burger.
No Egg – Crumblier textured burger.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

All ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. If miso is harder to find, than you can usually find it at your local Asian grocery store or specialty food stores.

 

Umami Beef & Pork Burgers

 

For the meat, we used extra lean beef and extra lean pork and it still came out juicy so if you decide to use fattier ground meats – it can only get juicier from there. πŸ™‚ An experiment that I plan to test out for fun in the near future is grinding my own meats for this as well! I’ll keep this post updated for new findings but in the mean time if you decide to grind your own meats, let us know how it turns out for you! πŸ™‚

 

Toppings

I find that keeping the toppings simple is best, however you can fancy it up with caramelized onions and mushrooms or fancy mustards and mayo if that’s what you are feeling that day! πŸ™‚

 

Umami Beef & Pork Burgers

 

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

This burger is made on a cast iron pan skillet. I found that the cast iron holds a nice heat to give it that nice browning. You can use a non stick pan as well but you may need to turn the heat up higher. I have not tried this on a BBQ yet.

 

Let’s Steam!

We are going to steam the burgers mid point. (Wait wha? Are you serious? you ask.) Yes! I told you we were breaking every burger rule in the book! πŸ˜€ You ever notice when you go to diners that they cover your burger in metal bowl with a squirt of water while cooking it? Yes it helps melt the cheese but it also helps the burger cook more evenly as well! When you omit the steaming, I found that outside of the burgers were cooked well done but the middle was always ‘softer’ from not being cooked as hot all the way through. Steaming fixed this problem and gave the burger a nice even texture all the way through.

 

Flippy Flip Flip!

To get that nice brown crust, you want to touch the burgers as little as possible. You only need to flip the burger once – 2 times max.

 

Holey Burgers?

To prevent your burgers from curling up, poke a hole in the middle! πŸ™‚

 

Umami Beef & Pork Burgers

 

Alright, let’s do this! (Use the notes above to adjust the flavour and texture of the burger to your preference.) I will show you the method to get a juicy, burger with a bit of a bounce.

  1. In a bowl, combine the beef, pork, mustard, worcestershire sauce, miso, egg, garlic powder and onion powder and mix very well! (I used a stand mixer)
  2. Take approximately 1/2 cup of meat and shape it until it is approximately 1cm thick. (Don’t worry, when the meat cooks it get thicker as it shrinks inwards) Poke a hole in the middle so that the burger keeps it shape and doesn’t curl up during the cooking process.
  3. Use small pieces of parchment paper between the burgers to stack them up until you ready to cook them.
  4. In a cast iron pan, set the stove to medium heat and add a bit of oil. Wait until the pan is very hot.
  5. Add in the burger and let it sear for 1-2 minutes. Don’t touch it or flip it!
  6. Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan and quickly put a lid over it and let it steam. (Careful, the steam is hot!) Let it cook for about 2 minutes, or until the water has evaporated away.
  7. Remove the lid and flip the burger and let it cook for another 2 minutes to brown the other side.
  8. At this point, if you are adding cheese to your burger put it on now and put the lid over it for another 30 seconds or until the cheese has melted
  9. Serve it on a bun and some toppings and enjoy!! πŸ™‚

 

Umami Beef & Pork Burgers

Umami Beef & Pork Burgers

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Umami Beef & Pork Burgers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A juicy beef and pork non-traditional burger, filled with umami flavours cooked in a cast iron pan in a non-traditional way.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Pups with Chopsticks
Ingredients
  • 250 g ground beef
  • 250 g ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp miso
  • 1 1/2 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the beef, pork, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, miso, egg, garlic powder and onion powder and mix very well! (use a stand mixer if you can)

  2. Take approximately 1/2 cup of meat and shape it until it is approximately 1cm thick. (Don’t worry, when the meat cooks it get thicker as it shrinks inwards) Poke a hole in the middle so that the burger keeps it shape and doesn’t curl up during the cooking process.

  3. Use small pieces of parchment paper between the burgers to stack them up until you ready to cook them.

  4. In a cast iron pan, set the stove to medium heat and add a bit of oil. Wait until the pan is very hot.

  5. Add in the burger and let it sear for 1-2 minutes. Don’t touch it or flip it!

  6. Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan and quickly put a lid over it and let it steam. (Careful, the steam is hot!) Let it cook for about 2 minutes, or until the water has evaporated away

  7. Remove the lid and flip the burger and let it cook for another 2 minutes to brown the other side.

  8. At this point, if you are adding cheese to your burger put it on now and put the lid over it for another 30 seconds or until the cheese has melted

  9. Serve it on a bun and some toppings and enjoy!! πŸ™‚

 

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11 thoughts on “Umami Beef & Pork Burgers”

  1. I am a practicing disciple of the pork in beef burger cult. I don’t think I’ve made a straight beef burger in years. There’s no comparing, especially if you are stuck with lean beef. I do the granulated onion and garlic thing some times but I have never, ever, thought to put miso in a burger. I’ve also never used a stand mixer to mix my burgers but I trust you – so I’m going to try it. Another great post filled with culinary wisdom!

    Also, I noticed you don’t use salt. The miso brings enough?

    1. It’s amazing isn’t it? So juicy! πŸ˜€ Aye if you’re a traditionalist then you can omit the stand mixer. I just find it gives a nicer smoother bounce texture. I used miso as the salt. It does double duty of the salt and the umami! πŸ˜€

    1. This can be done on a cast iron skillet as well! I will have to try this on the grill sometime in the summer πŸ™‚

  2. Wow! Thank you for all the burger tips. I love that you really went into depth on how different cooking approaches and ingredients affect the end texture and flavor and I now feel like I’m going to be able to make an actually tasty burger on the grill this summer.

    One question β€” as I feel like it’s something you would know β€” would you recommend a gas or a charcoal grill?

    P.S. Your photos are so gorgeous!

    1. I don’t care what anyone says, everyone has a preference right? πŸ™‚ I highly recommend a charcoal grill, the flavours from it cannot be beat. Gives food a smokier flavour but getting it up to temp is a lot more trickier than a gas grill but once you do it a few times it’s a breeze πŸ™‚ However if you prefer quick cooks and convienience over flavour then the gas grill would be a better choice. Oh and if you get a charcoal grill, you must buy a chimney starter! Makes lighting it up super duper easy and quick πŸ™‚

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