Pork & Fontina Burger with Balsamic Onion, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Spicy Ketchup

Pork & Fontina Burger

with Balsamic Onion, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Spicy Ketchup

35 MIN
$11.44/serving 2 Servings
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    For an Italian twist on the classic burger, juicy pork patties are seasoned with a mix of oregano, sage, thyme, and more, then topped with melty fontina and tangy balsamic onion rounds. You'll serve it with a side of roasted sweet potatoes with a spicy ketchup dipper for a welcome kick of heat.
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    Pork & Fontina Burger with Balsamic Onion, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Spicy Ketchup
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    • 10 oz Ground Pork
    • 2 Potato Buns
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 1 Yellow Onion
    • 1 lb Sweet Potatoes
    • 1 Tbsp Ketchup
    • 2 Tbsps Balsamic Vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp Hot Sauce
    • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
    • 1.2 oz Daiya Dairy-Free Cheddar-Style Cheeze (This May Not Be A Dairy-Free Recipe)
    Prepare & roast the sweet potatoes
    1 Prepare & roast the sweet potatoes

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch-wide wedges. Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat; arrange in an even layer, skin side down. Roast 26 to 28 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

    Prepare the remaining ingredients
    2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

    Meanwhile, peel the onion and cut crosswise into 1-inch rounds, keeping the layers intact. Grate the cheeze on the large side of a box grater. Halve the buns. Peel 2 cloves of garlic; using a zester or the small side of a box grater, finely grate into a paste. Place half the garlic paste in a large bowl; add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the ketchup and as much of the hot sauce as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like it to be.

    Form the patties
    3 Form the patties

    Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the pork, Italian seasoning, and remaining garlic paste. Season with salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine. Form the mixture into two 1/2-inch-thick patties. 

    Cook the patties & onion
    4 Cook the patties & onion

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the patties and onion rounds in an even layer. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until browned. Flip the patties and onion rounds (carefully, as the oil may splatter). Cook 3 to 4 minutes. Top the patties with the grated cheeze and loosely cover the pan with foil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the patties are cooked through.* Turn off the heat. Leaving the cooked onion in the pan, transfer the cooked patties to a work surface. Carefully add the vinegar to the pan of cooked onion; stir to coat. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 160°F for pork.

    Toast the buns
    5 Toast the buns

    Add the halved buns, cut side down, to the same pan. Toast on medium-high 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a work surface. 

    Dress the sweet potatoes & serve your dish
    6 Dress the sweet potatoes & serve your dish

    Transfer the roasted sweet potatoes to the bowl of garlic oil; toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Assemble the burgers using the toasted buns, cooked patties, and as much of the cooked onion as you’d like. Serve the burgers with the dressed sweet potatoes and spicy ketchup on the side. Enjoy!

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    Prepare & roast the sweet potatoes
    1 Prepare & roast the sweet potatoes

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch-wide wedges. Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat; arrange in an even layer, skin side down. Roast 26 to 28 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

    2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

    Meanwhile, peel the onion and cut crosswise into 1-inch rounds, keeping the layers intact. Grate the cheeze on the large side of a box grater. Halve the buns. Peel 2 cloves of garlic; using a zester or the small side of a box grater, finely grate into a paste. Place half the garlic paste in a large bowl; add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the ketchup and as much of the hot sauce as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like it to be.

    Prepare the remaining ingredients
    Form the patties
    3 Form the patties

    Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the pork, Italian seasoning, and remaining garlic paste. Season with salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine. Form the mixture into two 1/2-inch-thick patties. 

    4 Cook the patties & onion

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the patties and onion rounds in an even layer. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until browned. Flip the patties and onion rounds (carefully, as the oil may splatter). Cook 3 to 4 minutes. Top the patties with the grated cheeze and loosely cover the pan with foil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the patties are cooked through.* Turn off the heat. Leaving the cooked onion in the pan, transfer the cooked patties to a work surface. Carefully add the vinegar to the pan of cooked onion; stir to coat. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 160°F for pork.

    Cook the patties & onion
    Toast the buns
    5 Toast the buns

    Add the halved buns, cut side down, to the same pan. Toast on medium-high 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a work surface. 

    6 Dress the sweet potatoes & serve your dish

    Transfer the roasted sweet potatoes to the bowl of garlic oil; toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Assemble the burgers using the toasted buns, cooked patties, and as much of the cooked onion as you’d like. Serve the burgers with the dressed sweet potatoes and spicy ketchup on the side. Enjoy!

    Dress the sweet potatoes & serve your dish
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