Grilled Ham Burgers Recipe
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Grilled Ham Burgers Recipe

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My family loves my ham loaf, so I decided to make the ham loaf mixture into patties and grill them—it was an instant hit. Adding the arugula gives these burgers a peppery bite and honey mustard dressing adds just the right sweet and sour flavor. —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds fully cooked boneless ham
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened crushed pineapple plus 3 tablespoons juice
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese (1 ounce each)
  • 8 kaiser rolls, split
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut in sixteen 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup honey mustard salad dressing
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh baby arugula, packed
  • Additional honey mustard salad dressing, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 burger: 632 calories, 28g fat (9g saturated fat), 149mg cholesterol, 1430mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 40g protein.


  1. Pulse ham in food processor until finely ground. Combine with pork, eggs, cracker crumbs, brown sugar, pineapple and juice, mustard and cloves. Mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into eight patties. Using fingertips, make a shallow indentation in center of each patty so it remains flat while grilling. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. Grill burgers, covered, on a greased rack over medium-high direct heat for 5-6 minutes; turn and grill another 3-4 minutes. Add a slice of cheese to each burger; grill, covered, until cheese melts, 1-2 minutes more. Remove from heat when a thermometer reads 160°.
  3. To assemble ham burgers: Place a burger on bottom half of each roll; add two tomato slices. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon honey mustard dressing. Divide arugula evenly among rolls; top each burger with a few sprigs. Replace top half of roll. If desired, serve with additional dressing. Yield: 8 servings.

Test Kitchen Tip
  • Since you've already fired up the grill make a double batch and freeze what you don't eat. A minute or two in the microwave to reheat and it will taste just like it came hot off the grill.
  • Originally published as Grilled Ham Burgers in Taste of Home June/July 2017

    Medium-Bodied Red Wine

    Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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    amehart User ID: 1464390 266234
    Reviewed May. 23, 2017

    "Wow! What a great burger! My family initially had trouble getting beyond the "beef" burger, but once they tasted this it was a hit! We only need 4, so I did as suggested and grilled up the rest to freeze. No one could wait long so we are having them again tomorrow night - haha!"

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