Garlic Pork Burgers (Spanish Style)

Spanish Garlic Pork Burger with Saffron Aioli
These Spanish style garlic pork burgers are loaded with flavor. Topped with cheese, grilled red onions, grilled Spanish ham and saffron aioli;  well this caper stuffed pork burger is incredible!

Pork burgers are not as popular as beef burgers, and I’m not really sure why. Manservant and I devoured these caper, garlic burgers quite quickly and I don’t think it was because we were just hungry!

Though I don’t eat beef, I do love burgers. And though I don’t post many recipes for burgers, the ones I do post are always quite popular. Let’s see if this Spanish pork burger holds up the tradition!

Maybe this pandemic has me craving foods full of flavor or maybe it is because I love aioli, but I felt the need to create a Spanish burger. It’s hard not to love something with saffron aioli and lots of garlic.

And capers? I do love capers and not just on lox. They always add that extra special something, don’t they?

Spanish Garlic Pork Burgers with Saffron Aioli

Add some slices of grilled Spanish Serrano ham coated with aioli. Or use some sliced thin chorizo that fits your bun. Trader Joes’s sells a Spanish charcuterie package that contains chorizo and ham, so take your pick, or use both! AMAZING! 

Just so you know, no one is stopping you from chopping up some of that chorizo and mixing it into the meat. I try to keep things simple but oh my, that would really taste good.

So hear me out here. A burger just isn’t a burger unless it has onions. So bring on some grilled red onions, thank you very much! I also slathered those with a bit of saffron aioli before placing them on the grill. 

Cheese? Well Iberico Spanish cheese melts really well and since this is a Spanish burger, I decided to use Spanish cheese. I do love this on a cheese board, but must admit it was ideal for this pork burger.

Spanish Garlic Pork Burgers with Saffron Aioli

A few other ingredients like Spanish smoked paprika, 3 cloves of chopped garlic and cilantro or Italian parsley, (if you can’t stand cilantro) were just a few seasonings that set this burger apart from the standard.

I like my ingredients everywhere, not just on top. Did someone say top?

Well, if you want more toppings roasted red peppers would be awesome or even those little piquillo peppers or peppadews would surely tempt me. And olives? This burger could stand some Manzanilla olives if you like olives, but olives are something you love or hate, right?

As for the bun? I love a good fresh potato roll, but a crusty roll would work, too. Keep in mind to make your burger about 3/4″ bigger than the bun. My buns were big so this recipe made 3 1/3 lb burgers.

Spanish Garlic Pork Burgers with Saffron Aioli

Whatever you choose to make, it is burger month. That’s a fact! So I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry again!

Here’s a few of my more popular burgers:

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger

French Onion Burgers

French Onion Grilled chicken Burgers

Shrimp Burgers

shrimp burgers

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Spanish Garlic Pork Burgers with Saffron Aioli

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Spanish Garlic Pork Burgers with Saffron Aioli

Garlic Pork Burgers (Spanish Style)

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 Burgers 1x
  • Category: Sandwich/Burgers
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


These Spanish style garlic pork burgers are loaded with flavor. Topped with cheese, grilled red onions, grilled Spanish ham and saffron aioli;  well this caper stuffed pork burger is incredible!



Saffron Aioli:

Pinch of saffron mixed with 2 t hot water

1 large garlic clove, minced with a pinch of salt

2 t caper juice

1/2 c mayonnaise

1/4 c minced cilantro or Italian parsley


1 lb ground pork

1/4 c chopped cilantro or Italian parsley

2 minced garlic cloves

2 t smoked paprika

1/2 t coarse salt

1/4 t fresh ground black pepper

1 1/2 T chopped capers

4 thin slices of Serrano ham

4 slices of Bermuda onion

4 ounces of shredded Iberico cheese

3 buns of your choice


To make aioli:

In a measuring cup soften saffron with hot water.

Add rest of ingredients and stir well. Let flavors meld together as you make burgers.

To Make Burgers:

Combine pork with cilantro, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper and capers. Shape into patties. Do this gently! Patties really depend on the size of your bun. Patties should be about 3/4″ bigger than the bun to allow for shrinkage. Therefore I only made three burgers with this but you could make 4 1/4lb burgers!

Brush ham and onion slices with a little bit of aioli so they won’t stick to the grill.

Preheat grill to medium high heat and spray or brush the grates with cooking spray so meat will not stick to grill. Grill about 5 minutes per side but every grill is different and mine is not great!

Place onion slices on grill when you place patties on. Turn each after 5 minutes. Now place buns and ham on the grill. Watch carefully so each do not burn. Place buns and ham on cool side of the grill once they are toasted.

When burgers are almost finished, top with cheese and allow to melt.

To serve: Spread each side of bun with saffron aioli. On bottom half of bun, place a slice of ham. Top with onions. Add burger and top with bun.


Please see suggestions in post for variations.

Keywords: pork burgers, pork burgers recipe, grilled pork burgers, burgers, Spanish burgers, garlic burgers,


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  • Gerlinde
    May 23, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I rarely eat hamburgers but yours looks really good. I am tempted.

  • sippitysup
    May 17, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    That photo! That recipe! All I can do is lick my chops… GREG

  • Healthy World Cuisine
    May 15, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Now this is a burger we could sink our teeth into. Need to get your delicious saffron aoili on our recipe menu soon. The boys are going to love these burgers.

  • Chef mimi
    May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Yum. I’m actually not a huge fan of burgers, especially at restaurants, but these are fabulous sounding. And those pics!

  • Holly
    May 15, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    You know how to make a great burger! Those layers of flavor are tempting.

  • Liz
    May 15, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Wow! I’ve never eaten a pork burger, but now I must!! What a gourmet treat!!

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    May 15, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Pork is terrific in burgers! I often do Asian-flavored pork burgers, but I really need to try this. You won’t be able to social-distance me from these beauties. 🙂 Really nice recipe! Happy Burger Month.

  • angiesrecipes
    May 15, 2020 at 11:16 am

    So juicy and yummy! The saffron aioli sounds incredible too. And I am going to add some chopped capers in my next burger too.

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    May 15, 2020 at 7:11 am

    I like your addition of the capers to the pork burgers, I’m sure the total burger has terrific taste.