Fennel & Apple Slaw Pork Burger Recipe

When making the patties for this Fennel and Apple Slaw Pork Burger recipe, it is key to choose the right meat. Seeing the name on the recipe, you would know what meat it is we’re recommending. That’s right, pork! In general, it is easy to achieve a tender and succulent patty with pork meat without fear of overcooking, unlike if you use beef.

Meanwhile, the other hero to the slaw: the fennel, is a vegetable that has a faint flavor of licorice. Also, it’s crunchy and sweet when tossed raw into a salad. This, accompanied by the crisp and mild flavors of the iceberg lettuce and sweetness of the carrots is a marriage of interesting layers of flavor perfect for this dish. Try out our Perfect Panko Crusted Onion Rings Recipe, it’s a great accompaniment to this delicious Fennel and Apple Slaw Pork Burger recipe!

Fennel & Apple Slaw Pork Burger Recipe

How To Make Fennel and Apple Slaw Pork Burger

This healthy Fennel and Apple Slaw Pork Burger is the perfect twist to your BBQ cookout.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins


  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 ground pork patties
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 sesame burger buns
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste

For Onion and Tomato Relish:

  • 1 cup red onion, medium
  • 1 cup tomatoes, medium
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp grain mustard, (seeded)
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

For Fennel and Apple Slaw:

  • ½ cup fennel, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup red apple, thinly sliced
  • cup carrot, thinly sliced
  • cup iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup aioli


  1. In a small saucepan, add the red onion and tomatoes. Stir in often until wilted.
  2. Add the seeded mustard, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and red wine.
  3. Season with salt and ground black pepper then boil until liquid is almost reduced to ⅓.
  4. Heat a grill pan and place the burger patties. Season it with salt and ground black pepper and cook until well done. Meanwhile, heat up the burger buns in the toaster.
  5. Once done, place one slice of cheddar cheese on each patty and let it melt slightly before removing it from the pan. Set aside.

To Assemble:

  1. Spread a spoon of aioli on each side of the burger buns. Place roughly 2 tablespoons of the onion and tomato relish on top then the pork patty with cheese.
  2. To finish, add the slaw mixture and top with the other half of the bread with aioli spread. You can also secure it with a toothpick in the middle. Serve and enjoy!


  • Sugar: 77g
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  • Calcium: 306mg
  • Calories: 1123kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 115g
  • Cholesterol: 36mg
  • Fat: 52g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 810mg
  • Protein: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 1076mg
  • Vitamin A: 4475IU
  • Vitamin C: 22mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make healthy home-made aioli?

You can make healthy homemade aioli with just a few ingredients and a blender. Combine one cup of fat-free Greek yogurt, 1 clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, ¾ teaspoon of chopped dill (optional) and salt & pepper to taste. There you have it, it’s so easy to make aioli.

How to thinly slice the ingredients for the slaw?

You can either use a sharp knife to thinly slice into ribbons or opt for a mandolin. Be sure to use the safety attachment for an even shredding of the fennel, apple, carrot and lettuce.

What if I don’t have red wine and balsamic vinegar in the pantry?

You can substitute red wine with ½ a cup of water or vegetable stock. If you don’t have balsamic vinegar, use apple cider vinegar instead.

fennel and apple slaw pork burger


Finally, the versatility of this dish allows for many variations the whole family is sure to enjoy, just switch up the meat with beef, chicken or turkey. Go ahead and fire up the grill for this super easy Fennel & Apple Slaw Pork Burger! It's sure to be a summer favorite your family and friends would remember!
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