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

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.  
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: food and drink, Main
Cuisine: Italian, north american
Keyword: bbq recipes, burger recipe, pork recipes
Servings: 4 bugers
Author: Chef Sous Chef


  • Pork Burgers
  • 1 lb 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
  • 100 g 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.