Fennel and Apple Slaw Pork Burger Recipe

Jessica Published April 7, 2020

This healthy Fennel and Apple Slaw Pork Burger is the perfect twist to your BBQ cookout. You’ll serve up an instant favorite when they take a bite of this delectable pork burger.

You could also try out this recipe for the kids, it’s a great way to introduce different vegetables to their diet too. So go ahead, and try this summer favorite in the comforts of your home!

How To Make Fennel and Apple Slaw Pork Burger

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


  • A large pot, for making your onion relish
  • A silicone spatula
  • A food processor
  • A skillet


  • 1 cup red onion medium
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly ground black pepper and sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons aioli
  • 2 ground pork patty
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • Sesame burger buns


  • Begin by adding one cup of sliced red onion into a large pot.
  • Using a silicone spatula, stir on medium heat until onion is translucent.
  • Next, add one cup of tomatoes to the pot and cook until tomatoes are soft and translucent.
  • Add ½ a cup of brown sugar to your pot and stir well. The caramelized sugar will add a wonderful balance to the sour tomatoes.
  • Now, add ½ a cup each of balsamic vinegar and red wine into your onion mixture. 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.
  • Throw in 1 ½ tablespoons of black pepper and salt. Allow mixture to boil until soft and pulpy. Simmer at low heat to make sure your relish doesn’t burn. Stirring occasionally.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a heated skillet. Place 2 pork patties into your skillet and sear. Tip: cover the pork patties with a lid to make sure they cook well internally.
  • Season with sea salt and sear each side for 3-5 minutes. Check the doneness of your patty by placing a kitchen thermometer into the center part of your patty. The internal heat of the pork patty should be at 145F.
  • Place a slice of cheddar cheese on each patty and cover with a lid. This will help the cheese melt.
  • Remove your cheesy pork patties from the skillet and set aside to assemble your burger later.
  • Check on your onion relish, it should have reduced to ⅓ of its original consistency.
  • Now time to assemble your pork burger. Toast your burger buns on a heated pan. Next, spread a tablespoon of aioli on both halves of your burger bun.
  • Next, add a generous spoonful of your onion and tomato relish and spread evenly.
  • Layer your cheesy pork patty atop the relish. Now, for the fennel and apple slaw.
  • To make the slaw you will need ½ a cup each of thinly sliced fennel, red apple, carrot and iceberg lettuce. Mix well and top your burger with a generous amount of slaw and serve.
  • Dig into your fennel and apple slaw pork burger and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Substitute the pork burger with a vegetarian version. In a food processor combine a cup each of black beans and chickpeas, 1 quartered red onion, ½ cup of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of chilli powder, 1 egg in a food processor and pulse until chunky but not too fine. You want the patties to be moist, a dry patty will crack when searing. You certainly don’t want that to happen. With wet hands, shape your patties. Leave to set in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. Cook your patties for 5 minutes on each side or until brown, and you’re ready to assemble your fennel and apple slaw black bean burger! Not just a vegetarian version but a healthy version for your family and friends.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg

Commonly Asked Questions

Is aioli interchangeable to mayonnaise?

In this recipe, yes! While aioli and mayonnaise are both emulsions, they are quite different in terms of flavor. Mayo is made from emulsified egg yolks and oil, which can be almost any type of edible oil. Aioli on the other hand is made out of garlic and olive oil. You can also add garlic to mayonnaise to make your own aioli.

Is there a healthier alternative to aioli?

You can create a healthier version of aioli at home 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. 


Fire up the grill and have these fennel and apple slaw pork burgers with the family! Turn up the music – without disturbing the neighbors – and invite family and friends to share this recipe with.

This juicy, flavorful burger is sure to be a great summer hit at your home.



A food blogger with a strong passion for all thing delicious. Being able to take a simple ingredient and transform it into something complex and delectable brings me joy. It is my mission to show you how to do the same with the simple ingredients that you have on hand. Learn how to make restaurant-worthy meals, on a budget, and right at home!

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