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How do you feel about mini food? Even more importantly, how do you feel about mini burgers?  There is just something so charming about a mini version of any food.  And I just love burgers


Total time

55 minutes


Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Guinness stout
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon, lime or orange juice
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • dash hot sauce or ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp Guinness stout
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic {or 1 tsp. garlic powder}
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 slices Muenster or other white cheese
  • 5 mini buns
  • burger toppings, as desired


Method

  1. Whisk together BBQ sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan set on high heat. When it begins to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-22 minutes, until sauce has thickened. Taste and adjust seasonings, as necessary. While BBQ sauce cooks, prepare burgers. Combine ground pork, mustard, stout, garlic, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Work with your hands until all ingredients are incorporated. Form 5-6 small patties. Heat cast iron skillet {or sauté pan} to medium-high heat. Add cooking spray or a little oil to the pan. When hot, add patties and cook on each side about 4-5 minutes, until a nice crust is formed and pork is cooked to 145°F. When burgers are almost done on the second side, add the cheese slices to each burger; allow to melt. Remove patties and toast the buns for 30-60 seconds each in the hot pan. Build the burgers with desired toppings and BBQ sauce.

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