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Extreme Fusion Burgers

Extreme Fusion Burgers

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  • Yield: 4 burgers

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  • 1/2 cup roasted red sweet peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons purchased dried tomato pesto
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/4 teaspoon regular salt
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil or canola oil
  • 4 Kaiser rolls, sesame buns, or onion buns
  • 1 cup finely shredded napa cabbage or bok choy
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter-Chipotle BBQ Sauce (recipe follows)
  • Carrot and/or celery sticks (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine sweet peppers, tomato pesto, lemon-pepper seasoning and salt. Add ground pork; gently mix well. Shape pork mixture into four 3/4-inch thick patties. Brush both sides of patties with oil.
  2. For charcoal grill: Grill patties on the rack of uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in patties registers 160 degrees F, turning once halfway through grilling. (For gas grill: Preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.)
  3. During the last 1 to 2 minutes of grilling, open the buns and place them cut-side down on the grill to lightly toast. Remove patties and buns.
  4. Place cabbage on bottom of buns. Top with a patty, some of the Peanut Butter-Chipotle BBQ and bun top. If you like, serve with carrot and/or celery sticks. Makes 4 burgers.


  • Store any leftover Peanut Butter-Chipotle BBQ Sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Peanut Butter-Chipotle BBQSauce


  • 1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons tangerine or orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons finely chopped, drained chipotle pepper in adobe sauce


  1. In a small saucepan, combine bottled barbecue sauce, creamy peanut butter, tangerine or orange juice, honey and chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Cook over medium-low heat about 3 minutes or just until heated through, stirring frequently. Do not boil. Serve warm. Makes about 1-1/4 cups.

Nutrition Facts

(Extreme Fusion Burgers)

calcium (mg) 111, sugar (g) 21, iron (mg) 4, sodium (mg) 1151, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 7, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, fiber (g) 3, pro. (g) 30, vit. C (mg) 1, carb. (g) 57, Thiamin (mg) 1, Potassium (mg) 670, cal. (kcal) 708, vit. A (IU) 243, sat. fat (g) 12, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Monounsaturated fat (g) 17, Folate (µg) 93, Fat, total (g) 40, Riboflavin (mg) 1, chol. (mg) 82, Niacin (mg) 10

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