Pork Parmigiana Burger

Pork burger topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and lettuce

Using all the elements of the classic veal parmigiana, we have remixed this favourite Italian-American dish and taken it outdoors to the barbecue by making a juicy pork burger topped with a zesty tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and parmigiano reggiano.  

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 bugers 1x
  • Category: Food and Drink, Main
  • Method: bbq, stovetop
  • Cuisine: North American, Italian



Pork Burgers

  • 1lb duBreton Extra Lean Organic Ground Pork
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (60mL) bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) parmigiano reggiano, grated
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh thyme, chopped
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) black pepper

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can whole peeled Italian tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh thyme, chopped
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) red chili pepper flakes

Basil Mayo

  • ¼ cup (60 mL) mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lemon juice

Burger Assembly

  • 100g buffalo mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly or roughly torn
  • 1 cup arugula
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) freshly grated Parmesan
  • 4 Italian buns


No. 1 | In a medium bowl, mix together all the burger ingredients. Divide into 4 equal portions, roll into a ball and flatten to about ½ inch thickness. Place each burger on a small piece of parchment paper and place in your fridge until ready to grill.

No. 2 | Heat a skillet on medium-high heat with olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes, then add garlic and continue to cook for an additional 1 minute. Pour in the tomatoes, basil, thyme, chili flakes and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and continue to simmer for at least 20 minutes, until thickened.

No. 3 | Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon basil, and lemon juice in a bowl. Place in fridge until serving.

No. 4 | Remove the burger patties from the fridge. Preheat grill on medium heat. Grill burger patties for about 3-5 minutes per side ensuring they reach a minimum internal temperature of 160°. Top the burgers with ¼ cup of tomato sauce then sprinkle with Parmesan. Place the mozzarella on top then cover until the cheese is melted.

No. 5 | To serve, smother both halves of the bun with basil mayo. Place ¼ cup arugula on the bottom the top with the burger. Serve with a side salad or fries with a sprinkling of Parmesan.

Keywords: burger recipe, pork recipes, bbq recipes