Nothing says summer celebration like a good ol’ fashioned burger, but why not try a twist on the American classic this Memorial Day with our Spicy Apple-Pork Burgers recipe? With cumin and paprika-seasoned pork burgers along with a crisp and savory apple relish, your summer kick-off meal is sure to be the delight of the weekend.


1 pound ground pork
½ cup finely diced peeled apple
¼ cup finely diced onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
1½ teaspoons paprika
1½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons (¼ stick) butter

¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon chipotle hot sauce
Freshly ground black pepper

1½ cups finely diced peeled apple
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1½ tablespoons olive oil
1½ teaspoons stone-ground mustard
1½ teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon coarse salt
⅛ teaspoon paprika

4 kaiser rolls, split, toasted
Cilantro leaves, fresh baby spinach leaves, or arugula leaves (optional)


For burgers: Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine first 9 ingredients in large bowl. Shape into four 4-inch patties. Place butter in 13×9-inch baking dish. Mel butter in oven. Add patties to dish. Bake 15 minutes.For sauce: Combine all ingredients in small bowland stir well. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

For relish: Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and stir well. (Can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

To assemble: Spread both halves of each roll with sauce. Top four halves with burgers. Spoon relish over burgers. Cover with cilantro, spinach, or arugula if desired. Top with remaining oll halves. Serve.

Serve with beer or red wine, such as Zinfandel or Syrah.

Makes 4 burgers.