Jersey burger with cheese is tasty burger made with lean and juicy grass fed beef topped with cheddar cheese, pork roll, lettuce tomatoes and an onion slice
This epic burger is part of #burgermonth, a deeeelicious month long event hosted by Girl Carnivore, but all opinions are my own.
Here is what you will need to make this recipe
- Lean ground beef
- Pork Roll or Canadian Bacon
- Cheddar Cheese or your favorite cheese
- Whole Grain Hamburger Roll
May is one of my favorite months, the weather is warming up; we are grilling more and BURGERS!
I love burger month! I get to share my burger deliciousness with you and I discover new burger recipes too.
Last year I made a jalapeno cheddar burger, and this year I will be making a few burgers. Today I bring you one of our favorites, the Jersey burger!
What is a Jersey Burger?
When you search for “Jersey burger” online, you will find a few different versions with a common ingredient; pork roll. A New Jersey staple and the feature ingredient in my burger.
I take the Jersey burger roots a step further with the ingredients; I use NJ raised grass fed beef, and have managed to find pork roll made with NJ raised pigs.
What is Pork Roll?
Pork roll is a New Jersey meat that is also known in some parts of the state as Taylor Ham (I’m looking at you Northern NJ). It’s a unique tasting processed smoked pork product. It almost like a sausage, but not really. Some people compare it to spam, but that is sacriledge.
Pork roll is typically served for breakfast as sandwich with a fried egg and American cheese on a kaiser roll, English muffin or a bagel.
You can also enjoy pork roll for lunch and dinner as a sandwich by itself or on top of a burger with cheese and any combination of toppings. I like to keep things fresh and simple, so I add tomatoes lettuce and onions.
Recipe substitutions and tips
Grass fed beef is not a necessity in this recipe, you can use regular ground beef .
We prefer grass fed beef because it is lean and tender. It also cooks fast, cook it over medium to low heat and keep an eye on it.
You can also use ground turkey or chicken to make this burger too!
If you don’t have pork roll available, it can easily be substituted with a slice of Canadian bacon.
You can use any type of cheese that you like on your burger or leave it off. A typical Jersey burger is topped with gooey American cheese. We prefer cheddar, and have also made them with provolone and swiss.
Try topping your Jersey burger off with any combination of theese: fried or caramelized onions,fried egg, hot peppers, roasted peppers, pickles, relish, avocado.
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- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 4 slices pork roll or Canadian bacon
- 4 slices of cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)
- 4 slices of onion
- 4 slices of tomato
- Preheat the grill medium to low heat for grass fed beef or medium to high for regular beef
- While the grill is heating up, make the burgers, slice the cheese, tomatoes and onions
- Place the burgers and the pork roll slices on the grill and cover the grill
- Cook the burgers and pork roll for 5 to 6 minutes and flip them
- Cover the grill again and cook for 6 minutes longer; check the temperature of the burgers. If they are at 130 degrees, top them with cheese cover the grill and cook until the cheese melts and they reach at least 140 degrees in temperature.
- Remove the burgers from the grill and top them with a slice of cooked pork roll, tomato, onion and lettuce.
The pork roll may cook faster than the burgers, you can remove it from the heat if it starts to brown aroud the edges.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 453Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 474mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 43g
Nutrition information is provided by an online calculator and is meant to be used for informational purposes only. Even though I try to provide accurate information, these figures should still be considered as estimates.
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