Pork and Fennel Burgers

Last week I watched Rory O’Connel’s new tv series ‘How To Cook Well’. He’s the co-founder of Ballymaloe cookery school.  I was mesmerised by his
Grilled Pork Burger with Fennel and Pistachios. They looked really unusal because of the mixture of flavours and textures he was using.


I had to try them, so the night after the show aired, I did just that. They were amazing! I’d highly recommend making these burgers. I have a feeling they’ll be making an appearance at a barbecue this summer!



700g minced streaky or shoulder of pork
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1-2 chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
2 tsp fennel seeds, roasted and ground
2 tblsp chopped coriander leaves
40g pistachio nuts, shells removed
Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Mix all of the above ingredients together. Fry a teaspoon of the mixture to check seasoning. Adjust as necessary.

Form the mixture into burgers, either 4 large or 8 small, and chill until ready to cook.


Heat a heavy grill pan until quite hot and pop the burgers into it. Allow to become golden brown on one side before turning. Control the heat carefully and cook the burgers, turning occasionally until fully cooked through. This takes about 15 minutes and the burgers will feel firm to the touch.


I served mine with sweet potato wedges.

Melissa xx

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