A good hamburger is an American staple, and in the South, minced ham is a popular ingredient. So, why not combine the two? This burger recipe uses minced or ground ham in place of beef (it is called a "ham" burger, isn't it?). Not to be confused with ground pork, minced ham is saltier but naturally leaner than most ground beef at less than five percent fat. It also has fewer calories and is more economical. We spice things up in this recipe with chopped peppers, onions, and seasonings, but you can make it your own using any of your favorite burger flavorings.
- 1 cup minced ham
- 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Combine minced ham, green pepper, onion, parsley, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.
- Blend in beaten egg with hands or a wooden spoon.
- Divide mixture into 4 portions and shape into burgers.
- Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until hot.
- Fry minced ham burgers for about 5 minutes on each side until cooked through.
- Drain on paper towels before placing in buns.
Cooking and Serving Tips
Ground ham may be hard to find in a grocery store, but butcher shops are a good source as they may sell ham and grind the meat to order for you.
(You might also ask if your grocery store can grind the meat you purchase.)
Minced ham burgers can be served as traditional beef burgers on toasted split buns with all of the regular toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, and condiments. French fries are always welcome, but adding something more savory, such as onion rings, will help give the meal more depth. Of course, the burgers can also be paired with a side of steamed veggies such as carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli. Given the saltiness and sweetness of ham, minced ham burgers are better off without any other salty flavors in accompanying sides.