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Friday Food: Pork and Horseradish Burgers

I didn't believe the Donna Hay recipe (Feb/Mar 2013) when it said that you could make a burger from pork mince, a garlic clove and horseradish cream. I was wrong. Very wrong. It made the most delicious-est burger, juicy and full of flavour.

I thought there was too much aioli in the apple-slaw that went with it, but that's my personal taste. Next time I'd use half and half with plain yoghurt and add a good squeeze of lemon juice. If you need to make the apple-slaw early, then a squeeze of lemon juice could stop the apple from rusting. Apparently I have no photos of making the apple-slaw, you're on your own!!

I only had some ordinary local cheddar, so I used that. No watercress was to be found so it was chopped up celery leaves instead.

I would just caution that the hamburgers do tend to fall apart, as there's not much binding them together, still they are fast and easy and tasty: not much more one could ask for really.


Pork and Horseradish Burgers with Apple-slaw    serves 4

  • 80ml aioli or posh mayonnaise
  • 1 red apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 500g pork mince
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbspn (40ml) horseradish cream 
  • 4 bread rolls, halved
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 1/2 cup shaved manchego or cheddar cheese
  • 50g watercress

Put half the aioli, the sliced apple, salt and pepper into a bowl and mix well. Set aside.

Put the pork, garlic and horseradish in a bowl, season as desired with salt and pepper. Mix very well and then form into four evenly sized burgers.

Making the burgers 

Preheat a pan or BBQ  to high heat and then brush the halved buns with oil. Cook, cut side down for a minute or so until they are lightly browned or charred.

Brush the burgers with oil and then cook for about 4 minutes each side, or until cooked through.

Burgers cooking

Spread the rolls with the remaining aioli, and top with the burger, apple-slaw and watercress.


This is an easy recipe to halve or double and so quick to make. The horseradish cream is not too hot, nor too bland. It is a pretty good burger.

Burgers and slaw



They look amazing! I'm always looking for a nice pork mince recipe.


I am SO making these!! I love the flavour of horesradish and apple slaw :)

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