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Hog Heaven Burger

People tend to think Texas is all about beef, but we have equal love of pork—especially sausage and bacon. This burger celebrates that affection —Texas-style (ok, I did decided to leave out smoked ham—it deserves to stand on its own :)) . My usually low-key husband came close to cartwheels when he gave it a try. We get the most gorgeous avocados here—they go perfectly with the pork, and the apple gives a traditional flavor contrast (pork and apples) but in a fresh new way.


1/2 pound black pepper bacon, finely chopped
1 and 1/4 pounds ground pork
1 1-pound package sage sausage
5 tablespoons bottled bbq sauce—divided use (preferably a chipotle bbq sauce—see comments)
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons vegetable oil—divided use
2 large yellow onions, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
3 cups pre-washed bagged mesclun/spring salad mix
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 small California avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, sliced
3 tablespoons bottled balsamic vinaigrette
6 good-quality hamburger buns (I like to use potato buns)
10 ounces Cambazola cheese, sliced


Prepare gas grill to medium-high heat. In a large skillet set on grill grate, cook the bacon, stirring until cooked through. Transfer to paper towels to drain; cool (wipe out skillet). In large bowl, gently mix cooled bacon, pork, sausage, 2 tablespoons bbq sauce (reserve remaining sauce for onions), and salt. Shape into 6 patties; chill in ice cooler until ready to use.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil (reserve remaining oil for brushing grill grate) in same large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook until onions soften and brown, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add remaining 3 tablespoons bbq sauce. Cook 2 minutes longer; set skillet aside. In a medium bowl toss the salad mix, apple, avocados, and vinaigrette.

Toast buns on grill, cut side down, about 2 minutes. Brush grill rack with the remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Grill patties on grill rack, cover, and cook, turning 1x, until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes per side. Divide cheese on patties for the last 3 minutes of grilling. To assemble, place onions on bun bottom, then a cheese-topped patty and an equal portion of salad mixture. Add bun tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers.


Cambazola is a creamy blue cheese, a cross between camembert and gorgonzola (hence the name). We have small grocery stores here, and they always carry it. If you can’t find it, though, brie or camembert or another soft blue cheese can be used.

You can use any bbq sauce you like here, but I prefer to use a chipotle bbq sauce (e.g., Bulls Eye Sizzlin Chipotle Barbecue Sauce)