Pineapple Chile Pork Burgers

imageI didn’t have time to cook this weekend, but I did just make these  tasty Pineapple Chile Pork Burgers!  The combination of chipotle chiles and pineapple gave them just the right amount of smokiness, heat, and sweetness.  These would be a great addition to any summer barbecue!

1 can chipotle chile peppers in adobe
2 teaspoons dried oregano (I used my special Cucina Rosa Three Spice Blend of basil, parsley, and oregano)
2 cloves garlic
1 small white onion, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds lean ground pork
8 pineapple slices (fresh or canned, unsweetened)
Hamburger buns of your choice
Fresh cilantro
Light mayo (optional)

In a food processor or blender, puree the chipotle chile peppers (no additional sauce), oregano, garlic, half of the white onion, and pineapple juice.  Combine the pork, marinade, salt and pepper with a fork in a large bowl.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat grill (I used my Cuisinart Griddler).  Shape pork mixture into 8 patties (6 if you want larger burgers).  Grill burgers and pineapple, flipping burgers once until cooked through.  Serve on hamburger buns of your choice with fresh cilantro, light mayo, and remaining onion, sliced.  Yum!!!! 🙂

*Adapted from Food Network

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