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Mediterranean Beer Braised Pork Burgers

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We could never manage to get ourselves through an entire conversation about cooking with beer without talking about meat. Sure, the magical leavening powers of beer give bread that awesome texture, and after making a chocolate stout cake none of my cakes will ever be sober again, but meat is where it all begins.

There is no hard data on the inception of beer cooking, but my educated guess leans me towards meat. Not just for the incedible meat tenderizing properties of beer, but also due to the fact that it’s a mild preservative, important in those pre-Frigidare days of trying to feed a crowd. These days, meat and beer just seem to have found a seamless connection, a perfect marriage that leads to the birth of outstanding crowd pleasing meals. This union is due in no small part to the fact that beer gives meat an amazingly tender texture while infusing it with a little bit of that beer flavor we all know and love.

So, what beer with what meat, you ask? Great question. Here are my recommendations:

Beef: Imperial Stout

Pork: Smoked Porter

Chicken & Turkey: Brown Ale

Fish: White Ale

 In my history of beer cooking, those are the pairings that have proven the most successful. Also, don’t forget to save some of that beer for drinking.

Beer Braised Pork Burgers

For this recipe I used my Homemade Beer Burger Buns, which was a fantastic idea.

Mediterranean Beer Braised Pork Burgers


For the Meat:

  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 lbs country style pork ribs
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 14.5 wt. oz. stewed tomatoes
  • 12 oz smoked porter
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped

For the topping:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbs dill chopped
  • ½ cup red onion very thinly sliced
  • 1 English cucumber dices
  • 1 cup firm tomatoes chopped
  • 8 Homemade Beer Burger Buns


  • In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, smoked paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and cumin.
  • Sprinkle pork on all sides with spice mixture.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven until hot but not smoking. Sear pork on all sides, working in batches in necessary.
  • Pour the stewed tomatoes and beer over the pork. Add the Worcestershire, onions and garlic. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Add a lid at a vent and allow to cook until pork is very tender and falling off the bone, about 4 hours. Shred using two forks, removing the bones from the pot. Remove meat from the pot with a slotted spoon to drain off excess moisture.
  • To make the sauce, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, dill and red onion. Chill until ready to serve.
  • Split the burger buns and fill with pork, top with cucumber, tomatoes and yogurt sauce.

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Tieghan September 6, 2013 um 5:49 am

These are such cute little burgers! Everything about them is just awesome. The Mediterranean flavors going on the beer braised pork, the greek yogurt topping! I love it all and need to make these as soon as possible!


Paula – bell’alimento September 6, 2013 um 8:09 am

These are going to happen soon! Loverly.


dishing up the dirt September 8, 2013 um 8:11 pm

I love the idea of cooking fish with a white ale. I would have never thought of that! These sliders are pretty darn cute.


Laurie {SimplyScratch} September 9, 2013 um 10:05 am

Good golly… I want to wrap my lips around those little pork burgers o heaven!


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain September 9, 2013 um 10:59 am

STOP IT!!! I can’t even handle how epic these pork burgers are! WANT!!!


Maggie September 9, 2013 um 1:46 pm

Wow! You have done it again…crazy! By the way…I totally agree on the stout cake. It has pretty much ruined me for cake of any kind. Thank you.


Jackie September 9, 2013 um 3:52 pm

awwww, thanks mags!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet September 9, 2013 um 2:01 pm

Seriously, what’s not to love here. And an additional plus for using country style pork ribs. We love them!

Reply September 10, 2013 um 3:34 am

What the hell? Perfect little burgers with this sauce! I’m going to do that!


Belinda @themoonblushbaker September 10, 2013 um 9:20 am

What a sauce! what a braise! I need the pork burgers right now. This will not be good for my waist line, I might eat them all


Ashley – Baker by Nature September 10, 2013 um 10:33 am

Jackie, seriously every time I come here I leave STARVING!!! This trip over is no different 😉 These burgers are just amazing!


addie | culicurious September 10, 2013 um 11:50 am

wow, I kinda wanna lick my screen now. 😉 These look great and thanks for the pairing tips!


andi mcgrew September 10, 2013 um 6:19 pm

Those look amazing. I am going to make this!


Bob September 10, 2013 um 9:59 pm

Made these tonight for extended family and everyone thinks im a rockstar…. thanks !!!!!!


Meredith in sock monkey slippers September 11, 2013 um 10:51 am

Holy mamma of it all! I want these tonight!


Laurie {Simply Scratch} November 19, 2013 um 6:55 am

OooooO! I love it all! The pork… those buns!!! good gracious… now I need a beer!


Laurie {Simply Scratch} November 19, 2013 um 6:56 am

And now I realized I already commented on these… I’m delusional!


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