Pork Burger with Spicy Slaw


I had some ground pork (which I rarely buy) in the refrigerator that I needed to put to use so I thought what better than a spin on the old classic-pulled pork and cole slaw combo?! This is an extremely easy and quick primal meal that you can whip up in minutes and I like anything covered in a good cole slaw so I’m satisfied. I put this together at the last minute so I even bought the pre-made slaw mix at the grocery store, but feel free to make your own–it would be great with a mix of purple and green cabbage!


Barbecue Pork Burgers (Adapted from Leite’s Culinaria) (Difficulty-Easy; Makes 4 1/4 lb. burgers)

  • 1/2 c organic, low-in-sugar, barbecue sauce, plus more for topping (If you have time to spare you can be an extra good cave dweller and make your own here –that way you’re certain it is Primally approved)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • coarse sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/4 lb prosciutto, divided in half (optional)
  •  Olive oil, for the grill

Heat a grill pan over medium-high. In a medium bowl combine, the ground pork, half of the prosciutto, diced into small pieces, barbecue sauce, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper. Do not overmix. Form the mixture into 4 patties, each about 3 inches in diameter and 3/4 of an inch thick, being careful not to pack the pork too tightly.

Oil the grill pan and then grill the burgers, flipping them every few minutes, until just cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small pan, saute the remaining prosciutto until crispy. Top each burger with barbecue sauce, crispy prosciutto, and a generous heaping of cole slaw, mine reminds me of a straw hat on a scarecrow 🙂 (cole slaw recipe follows).


Spicy Cole Slaw (Difficulty-Easy; Serves 4-6)

  • 1 lb cabbage slaw mix
  • 1/3-1/2 c organic mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Easy as that!



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