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Banana Burgers

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.

Banana Burgers
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.

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10 Responses to “Banana Burgers”

  1. novalis says:

    The radishe slices are key.

  2. Jessica says:

    Hi there. your photos are looking great these days. you’ve been practicing ? when did you start boxing? I am a female boxer…not competitively except against other local teams. but really just for the exercise – such hard training. Are you just getting started or have you done this for awhile? Very Cool!

  3. Rosa says:

    This ketchup goes well with pork (with any meat in fact…). It seems that it can be used with pretty much anything…
    A yummy hamburger! Your post reminds me that I should very soon eat this delicious speciality.

  4. I would have never thought to put radish on a burger – what a great idea!

  5. Kristen says:

    This is so interesting. I bet it was delicious! I also love the thought of radish on a burger. Great idea.

  6. Danielle says:

    Jessica – I’ve only taken a few boxing classes so far, but I enjoyed them very much and want to keep up with it. For the exercise, but also for the fun of it. As for the photography, well, it improves in the spring as I get greater access to natural light.

    Rosa – It went well with lamb, too!

    SK – All Dave’s, and it sure was.

    Kristen – It was!

  7. Yvo says:

    Yum, that sounds delicious =)

  8. mr.ed says:

    A burger you might enjoy is one simply stuffed with bleu cheese or similar. Must be done over a flame for that wonderful cancerous flavor. A little red onion and you’re done. Okay, a lot of red onion. And black pepper.

  9. Anh says:

    What an interesting recipe! I never thought of putting banana in a burger mix! Must try for sure!

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