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Pork Belly Burger

When it comes to making a juicy beef burger even better, why not top it with a few fat slices of roasted pork belly? Mmmm-mmmm. It doesn’t get much better than a Pork Belly Burger.

Pork Belly Burger with Gouda cheese on a plate with lettuce, tomato and pork belly slices.

Meaty pork belly burgers will be the star of your next backyard BBQ. Trust me!!

Last updated June of 2020

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making pork belly burgers is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the printable recipe. 

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Cooked Pork Belly and Pork Belly Burger in a vertical collage image with title text overlay graphics.

The ingredient list:

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  • ground beef
  • pork belly, sliced into strips
  • shallots
  • salt and pepper
  • sliced Gouda cheese
  • buns

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How this recipe came to be:

I don’t typically see pork belly in the stores I frequent, so when I spotted it at my local Costco, I quickly added it to my cart.

When I arrived home, I divided the package into serving sizes and wrapped them carefully for the freezer until I decided how I wanted to use them.

Pork belly freezes wonderfully well so next time you see it in the market I suggest you snap it right up and make these delicious burgers!!

Grilled Pork Belly Burger in the foreground and a squeeze bottles of ketchup and mustard in the background.

What is pork belly?

In case you’re wondering what pork belly is, it’s the boneless cut of fatty meat from the belly of a pig. Pretty simple.

It’s basically bacon, but it’s uncured, unsmoked, and usually comes in slab form.

If you don’t have pork belly, please feel free to substitute bacon in this recipe.

How to cook sliced pork belly:

  • Layered it on a baking sheet fitted with a rack and roast it in the oven for 40 minutes at 425 degrees.
  • You can also cook the pork belly in a skillet if desired, but the cleanup is less if you cook it in the oven.
  • I also like to line my baking sheet with aluminum foil because, well, I’m lazy 🙂

What is a shallot?

A shallot is a member of the alluim family and are related to onions, garlic, and chives.

They’re milder in flavor than onions and have less of a pungent bite than garlic.

Shallots have become one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. If you don’t already cook with shallots, I strongly urge you to give them a try!

This recipe calls for two medium shallots. One is minced, and one is grated, and then they’re added to two pounds of ground beef.

The grated shallots mixed with the beef will keep the ground beef juicy and flavorful as it cooks.

Can onions be swapped for the shallots in this recipe?

Sure!

That said, I do recommend still grating part of an onion and mixing it in with the ground beef before forming the patties.

You’ll be amazed at how juicy your burgers will be!

Can other ground meat be swapped for the beef in these burgers?

For sure!

I suggest ground turkey, ground pork, or even ground lamb,

The easy instructions for making pork belly burgers:

  • Mix the shallots and beef together, but don’t over mix as it will make the burgers tough.
  • Shape the meat into six equal-sized patties.
  • Roast the sliced pork belly in a 425-degree oven for 40 minutes, or until your desired doneness.
Making a Pork belly burger with grated shallots
Shaping a pork belly burger
  • Once the patties are formed, make an indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb. This will keep the burgers from puffing up while they cook, and will help them hold their shape.
  • Place the patties on a preheated grill and cook until your desired doneness.
  • Top each burger with a slice of Gouda cheese, and serve once the cheese has melted.
pork belly burger on the grill

Plated Pork Belly Burger with Gouda Cheese on a red and white table cloth.

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A closeup image of a pork belly burger on a plate with lettuce, tomato, and pork belly slices with title text graphic overlay.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy grilled burger recipe.

Yield: 6 burgers

Pork Belly Burger

Pork Belly Burger with Shallots

Pork Belly Burgers are kept juicy by adding grated shallots into the ground beef. They're then grilled to perfection, topped with Gouda cheese and two thick slices of roasted pork belly! Oh, happy day!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thick cut pork belly
  • 2 pounds ground beef, I use an 80/20 blend
  • 2 medium shallots, 1 minced and 1 grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 slices Gouda cheese
  • 6 burger buns
  • toppings of your choice, lettuce, tomato, pickle, ketchup, mustard, etc.

Tools and Equipment

  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil, optional
  • rack for the baking sheet, optional
  • large bowl
  • microplane grater
  • chefs knife
  • spatula

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425-degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with a baking rack.
  3. Place the pork belly in an even layer on the rack and roast in a preheated oven for 40 minutes (or until your desired doneness). Set aside.
  4. Place the ground beef in a large bowl and add the minced and grated shallots.
  5. Mix the beef and shallot mixture, but don't over mix.
  6. Shape the ground beef into six evenly sized patties.
  7. Season the patties liberally with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook the burgers on a preheated grill until your desired doneness.
  9. Add the cheese and allow to melt.
  10. Place the burger on bun, top with the cooked pork belly slices and add he topping s of your choice.
  11. Serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1 burger

Amount Per Serving Calories 890Total Fat 65gSaturated Fat 26gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 187mgSodium 586mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 49g

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Plated Pork Belly Burger with Gouda Cheese

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Lisalia

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

Yummy! This tastes like it was made on the cooking channel - in an episode of gourmet burgers! So so good.

Renée

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

It's tastes fancy, but it's really so so simple. Glad you enjoyed it, Lisalia!

Linda

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

What a tasty burger! I had pork belly for the first time in a Korean BBQ restaurant and have wanted to try it at home ever since. This is a great way to use that tasty piece of meat plus I get my burger fix too! We'll be cooking these again real soon for our next family get-together.

Renée

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

Glad this recipe could kill two birds with one stone (so to speak) for you, Linda. Glad you liked it!

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Wow, this looks and sounds mouth-wateringly good!!

Cecilia Cortez

Monday 30th of May 2016

Oh this sounds so good. I am so glad grilling season is here. I just bought a new grill and can’t wait to try these out this weekend. Thanks for sharing :)

Renée

Monday 30th of May 2016

So glad you like this recipe, Cecilia. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope you love the burger as much as we did!

Cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling

Friday 27th of May 2016

I know some people (my husband!) who would LOVE this burger!

Renée

Sunday 29th of May 2016

My husband loved it too, Cathy. Of course he love anything with lots and lots of meat!

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