Well it’s winter and I am grilling outside! I was super excited to fire up the grill for this next recipe but my hopes of a great burger were diminished when I realized the elements of the burger were not sticking together.
The cookbook I used was “The Burger.”
The recipe tagged was for Pork Burger.
To start with I made a marinade by heating orange marmalade, orange juice and balsamic vinegar until I the marmalade was runny.
Then I placed the marinade over ground pork. The recipe actually called for use of pork tenderloin cut into small pieces to later be ground. But since I don’t have a meat grinder I started with ground pork. So perhaps that could be why this recipe didn’t turn out…
While the pork marinated I got a pot of water boiling in on the stove. Then I put in roughly chopped parsnips into the boiling water for 15 minutes.
I removed the pork from the marinade, reserving the marinade. I took the parsnips, drained them and put then in a bowl with the pork. I smashed the parsnips into the pork and I mixed to combine.
I then gently stirred in orange rind, garlic, scallions and shredded zucchini. I seasoned with salt and pepper.
That was to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Then patties were formed and I warmed up the grill. While the grill warmed I took the reserve marinade and put it on the stove in a small pan and brought it to a boil for 5 minutes. Another failure happened at this point, the marinade was suppose to turn into a glaze but instead it became hard an unuseable.
I brushed the patties with oil and put them on the grill.
Also take note I was grill barefoot in the snow outside…check out the pedicure I had gotten earlier in the day!
After 6 minutes I went to flip the burger (as instructed by the recipe). I flipped 2 burgers and found they were crumbling apart. So I let the other two cook an additional 6 minutes before flipping.
The extra time really didn’t make much of a difference though because the burgers still crumbled apart when I tried to flip. Which made a huge mess in my grill.
The Verdict: Well I sampled a bit of a remaining patty and really didn’t care for it. There was way too much of an orange taste. I think the ultimate reason these failed is because zucchini is super watery and I think the addition of an egg to bind the burgers together would have created a better result. But because of the strong orange flavor, where orange flavor doesn’t necessarily go in my opinion.