What do you do with a freezer full of banana rum ketchup? You make banana burgers, of course!
These were entirely Dave’s creation. He put them together one night while I was out at the gym, trying to find a boxing class that would be right for me. He timed them so that they would be done just as I came home. I wasn’t particularly hungry after my class, but he left some uncooked for me to make for breakfast the next morning.
I was a bit skeptical, but the combination of banana and pork worked very well. Add a few radish slices for crunch and some banana rum ketchup to bring out that umami, and it was just what I needed when I woke up in the morning and was hungry at last.
The banana is not overpowering, and you won’t be thinking about fruit while eating these burgers. You will be thinking, why is this burger so internally balanced in its flavors, and so delicious? The banana is the answer.
1 lb ground pork
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 banana, peeled and coarsely chopped
Salt, freshly ground black pepper, and truffle salt to taste
Mix everything together. Make into small (slider-sized) patties. Grill or cook in a pan on the stove.