These Gouda Apple Pork Burgers are the very best savory weeknight dinner! Made with ground pork, freshly grated apples and loaded on top of a toasted bun with roasted garlic aioli - they will become your new go-to!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grab the garlic bulb and peel the outer layer of it. Slice the tops of the bulbs off, to where the garlic cloves are exposed. Place bulb on a sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle a splash of olive oil on top as well as a large pinch of salt. Wrap it up in the aluminum foil and place in oven. Roast for 30-35 minutes or until the cloves are fork tender.
Slice the yellow onion into long thin slices. Set aside for now.
Slice the apples and remove the core/seeds. Carefully shred the apples. Next, add the shredded apples into a clean and fresh tea towel. Over the sink, squeeze the apples until all of the moisture has come out of them. You should have about 1/2-3/4 of a cup.
Add the ground pork to a large bowl. Add the apples and salt and mix together with your hands until combined. Next, either make two 1/2 lb. burger patties OR four 1/4 lb. burger patties (See note below!) Form these with your hands. Set aside for now.
Add a drizzle of olive oil to coat a large cast iron skillet. Let it warm up on medium heat. Once hot, add in the burgers. Cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes, flipping halfway.
While the burgers are cooking, warm up a medium size pan on medium heat. Add in 1-2 tbsp of butter. Once melted, add in the onions with a large pinch of salt. Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until they become soft and caramelized. Stir frequently!
Once the burgers are browned and cooked at an internal temperature at about 160 degrees, add on the cheese and a lid for the cheese to melt for 1-2 minutes. Remove the lid and the burgers should be cooked at 170 degrees and the cheese should be melted.
Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves from the bulb into a small bowl. Smash with your fork to make it more into a paste. To this, add in mayonnaise. Mix together. Add in a squeeze of fresh lemon and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust seasoning if needed.
On broil in your oven, toast the buns for 1-2 minutes (keep an EYE on them and don't let them burn!)
Add a dollop of the roasted garlic aioli to the top of the bun, followed by the burger, a helping of caramelized onions. Enjoy!
Note! This recipe can either make two 1/2 lb. burgers or four 1/4 lb. burgers. For the photos, I used two 1/2 lb. burgers.