Juicy beef and pork burgers recipe, made with ground pork and beef, seasoned with miso and seasonings for some extra umami flavor
Burgers are simple to make and can satisfy all sorts of cravings but there are many different ways to make them and everyone has a preference when it comes to how they like it. There's no such thing as a perfect burger because everyone's idea of perfection is different. Here's my favorite way to make beef and pork burgers at home!
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR BURGER?
- Flavor - Some like their burgers simple with a bit of salt, and some like it with a bit of spice. Neither is right or wrong as long as you enjoy it. I enjoy it both ways, but for the recipe, I use a bit of spice and condiments in the meat to give it umami and a bit of flavor. Regardless of how a burger is flavored, one thing you shouldn't skip out on is salt. Depending on how you salt and mix the meat, the texture can vary as well. For this recipe, instead of using salt, I use miso as the salt.
- Texture - Burger textures can vary from soft to chewy with crumbly with crispy edges. For this recipe, the burger has more of a chew to it with crispy edges. We get this chewy texture by adding the salt (miso) directly into the meat and overworking it by mixing it a lot. Salt binds the proteins together and basically produces meat gluten - so the more we mix it the chewier the burger will be. If you want a less chewy texture burger, don't overwork/mix the meat. Once you add the miso in and mix it together with the meat, don't mix it anymore. The less you mix the meat, the less chewy it will be.
INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS FOR BEEF AND PORK BURGERS
- Beef/Pork - I use lean beef and medium-fat pork. The fat from the pork is what will give the burger its juiciness. Do not use extra lean pork. This will produce a very dry and tough burger. That being said, you can definitely use fattier ground beefs as well, it would only give it more flavor.
- Miso - This is the magic ingredient for this burger recipe. I use miso as a form of salt, as well as giving it umami. You can use any type of miso (white, yellow, or red), but if you are new to miso you should use white for a milder flavor. The salt from the miso acts as a binder for the burger as well - vigorously mixing the meat with the miso (salt) brings out the meat glutens which creates a chewier textured burger that doesn't fall apart when cooking it. You definitely should not skip or omit this ingredient.
- Mustard - This is the other magic ingredient in the burger. It adds a lot of flavor to the patties and cooking it with the meat makes it smell incredible as well. Definitely don't skip this ingredient.
- Spices - Garlic and onion powder add a wonderful flavor to this burger and the Worcestershire sauce brings it to another level. Mix and match or use them all!
- Egg (Optional) - Using an egg is optional for this recipe, it gives the burger a more silky texture almost meatball-like. If you don't plan on adding salt into the meat or pre-mixing the meat, it will help with binding the meat together so it won't fall apart as well.
WHAT KIND OF TOPPINGS CAN I USE FOR A BURGER?
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!
I usually like to use processed cheese instead of the more expensive cheeses for my burgers because they are a lot easier to melt into that wonderful gooeyness.
My personal favorite toppings are ketchup, mustard, sweet relish, diced onions, and processed cheese.
THE BEST WAY TO COOK BURGERS?
To be honest, there is no right or wrong answer for this. This will depend on what tools you have, and how you enjoy your burger. For this recipe, I use a cast-iron pan skillet over a stove, but you can use the cast-iron pan over the bbq as well. I'll list a few different methods that you can use to make this burger and you can decide what you think will be the most delicious for you!
- Cast-iron pan method - This is my favorite method of making burgers. The flat surface combined with the high heat of the pan gives more of a crust. Since it is a pan, I can also splash a bit of water before I cover it with a lid to steam it as well to keep it juicy. Cooking it on a pan also prevents the juices from dripping away which also keeps it a bit moist as well. I actually love using a cast-iron pan over the bbq in the summer and make smash burgers with this recipe.
- Directly on the grill or bbq - When I"m pressed for time, or I don't feel like cleaning a cast-iron pan, I will use the grill to make these burgers. You lose a bit of the juice and 'dome' it with a bit of water to steam it so the burger is not as juicy as the cast-iron method but it is just as tasty and has more of a charbroiled, smokey flavor.
WHY DO I STEAM MY BURGERS?
I adapted this technique by watching diners cook burgers. Once a crust forms on the burger patty, they use a metal lid and squirt a bit of water under the lid to create steam and steamed it for 1-2 mins to help keep the moisture in the burger, and to cook the meat evenly and all the way through so you have less of a chance of a raw middle. Putting a slice of cheese right after you steam the burger also melts it into its wonderful gooeyness.
TIPS AND FAQS FOR MAKING BEEF AND PORK BURGERS
- Can I double or triple this recipe? Yes, you can! If you are doubling or tripling this recipe, make sure to double and triple everything on the ingredient list including the spices.
- Can I use different kinds of meat for this recipe? You most definitely can. Depending on my mood, I will sometimes use all ground beef or all ground pork. You can even mix in a bit of ground lamb for something different. Just make sure some of the ground meat you are using have some fat to it so that the burger turns out juicy.
- Can I use extra lean meat for this burger recipe? You can, but I wouldn't. Using only extra lean meat will make a tough and dry burger.
- If you are going to make a cheeseburger, the best time to put it on is right before the burger is done cooking while it is on the pan or bbq. The heat from the meat will melt the cheese slightly, for that gooey cheese taste.
- 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.
- To prevent your burgers from curling up, make a small indent in the middle of each patty!
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Umami Beef & Pork Burgers
- I have tested this recipe with extra lean pork and I do not recommend using it. The extra lean pork did not have enough fat to make this burger moist and juicy and it turned out very dry and tough in texture.
- If you want a less chewy texture burger, don't overwork/mix the meat. Once you add the miso in and mix it together with the meat, don't mix it anymore. The less you mix the meat, the less chewy it will be.
- 250 g ground beef
- 250 g ground pork
- 1 egg (optional)
- 1 ½ tablespoon miso
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (not onion salt)
- ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- In a bowl, combine the beef, pork, mustard, egg (optional) Worcestershire sauce, miso, garlic powder and onion powder and mix together.
- Take approximately ½-3/4 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). Make a small indent in the middle of each patty so that the burger keeps it shape and doesn’t curl up during the cooking process.
- Use small pieces of parchment paper between the burgers to stack them up until you ready to cook them.
- Let the patties sit for 30 minutes
- In a cast iron pan, set the stove to medium heat and add a bit of oil. Wait until the pan is very hot.
- Add in the burger and let it sear for 1-2 minutes. Don’t touch it or flip it!
- Add ¼ 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
- Remove the lid and flip the burger and let it cook for another 2 minutes to brown the other side.
- 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
- Serve it on a bun and some toppings and enjoy!!
*Nutritional information is calculated using online tools and is an estimate*
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Hi just made these on Sunday night on the BBQ, they turned out great ,used the same recipe as listed ,I must say they left a different texture or maybe feeling in my mouth but it was great. I wish I could leave a pic of how they looked after coming off the BBQ ,I did add old cheddar cheese on top . I have never used miso but can see myself using it even more,the one I got was a reddish brown colour,that was all that was available.Great job guys and gals or whatever pronouns you may use.
Joyce Lee says
I am so happy you liked it!!
I actually use the reddish brown miso a lot. It has the strongest flavor from all the misos out there and they work amazing in marinades, stews, and braises! I hope you have fun experimenting with it, as I do! 😊
Thanks again for your kind words!
These were delicious! And so easy to make. Using my cast iron will be my go to from now on! Thanks for the wonderful recipe.
Joyce Lee says
Yay I am so happy you liked it! I love using my cast iron pan for burgers, it gets such a wonderful crust! I'm very happy to share! 🙂
I haven't actually made these yet but I was looking for a burger recipe tonight and the miso part intrigued me. We also have a bunch of panko on hand that I was hoping to use, so I'm just wondering how much you'd recommend if you think it would work well with this recipe.
Joyce Lee says
I haven't tried using panko in burgers before but if I was to guess, I would start off with 3-4 tablespoons of it.
Panko is a lot coarser than traditional breadcrumbs so I'd worry that it would draw out the moisture from the meat too much so I would sprinkle the panko with 1-2 teaspoons of water or milk and reconstitute it a little before using it. (Kind of like how we sometimes use a slice a bread and milk in meatloaf)
Hope that helps! Let me know how it turns out!
Irene Christodoulou says
Will it still taste fine if I omit the miso? My partner really hates it. Thanks in advance!
Joyce Lee says
You can substitute it with soy sauce instead 🙂 If you don't want to use soy sauce, you can use salt as well but I haven't tested it with salt so I'm not sure the exact amount to use. I would start off with 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt and take a small piece of meat and cook it and do a taste test. If it's not salty enough add some more 🙂
It's funny, my husband actually hates miso as well, but he said that you barely taste it in the burger, it mostly gives it that salty kick.
Hope that helps and hope you enjoy them!
I have never made beef & pork burger like this. Tomorrow, I will surprise my family for this special recipe, you bet it's better than McDonald''s.😀 .When I get all these ingredients ready to follow your direction to make a delicious homemade burgers, top up some sweet purple onions for myself which is part of my favorite too.
Very good for this unique burger episide👍👍.
Joyce Lee says
Wow lucky family! I hope they enjoy it!
Debi Munn 🇨🇦 says
I just made 3 giant burgers for tomorrow night’s dinner. I used Dijon and added minced parsley as always like to see green or a colour in my food. I always do a tsp taste test for burgers to test seasoning and I fried. It was very good! I do plan to bq. I’m wondering for the bq people if soaked bread crumbs should be added along with the egg for moistness?? What is the reason for adding the water? I’ve never heard if this, but very interesting 🤔 I would have done your way, but sounds messy and a very dirty pan to clean. (Which I try to avoid at all costs). 😉 Is this method adopted from ethnic cooking recipes?
Thank you. 🙏
Joyce Lee says
Wonderful idea taste testing first. I forgot to mention this in the post! I usually taste test my dumpling fillings by microwaving a little bit. The water creates steam! 😊 I actually watched a few people in diners do this! You don't put the actual water in the burger, but squirt it on while it's cooking. I'm in the same boat as you with cleaning dirty pans haha it's definitely one of my least favorite things to do in the kitchen and try to avoid it at all cost as well! haha