Pork Burgers with Asian Pear Slaw & Gorgonzola

The most popular variety of Asian pear available in the U.S. is the Japanese Nijisseiki, which is more like a super juicy apple than a pear. It's perfect to offset the rich creaminess of our gorgonzola crumbles!

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Nutritional Bonus: Just like the standard variety, Asian pears are a very good source of fiber, helping to bring this meal’s tally to 6 grams per serving. Factor in the red cabbage, which is also a great source of fiber, not to mention iron, potassium and vitamins A and C, and this Asian Pear Slaw makes for a filling, energy-boosting and antioxidant-rich burger topper.

Prep Time
35 min
35 min


  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 2 Asian pears, cored and sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 packed cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb lean ground pork
  • 2 tsp mild chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Olive oil cooking spray, optional
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 3/4 oz gorgonzola cheese, sliced


  1. Prepare slaw: In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, honey, vinegar and mustard. Wrap pears in a double layer of paper towel and squeeze gently to remove as much moisture as possible. Add pears to bowl, discarding paper towel. Add cabbage and parsley, stir gently and season with pepper.
  2. Preheat a grill or broiler to high. In a separate large bowl, combine pork, chile powder, thyme and a few grinds of pepper. Shape mixture into 4 equal patties, about 1/2 inch thick each. Grill or broil (if broiling, place patties on a broiler pan misted with cooking spray and cook about 8 to 10 inches from heat), turning once, until centers are no longer pink and juice runs clear, about 10 minutes.
  3. To serve, fill each bun with spinach, patties, cheese and slaw, dividing evenly.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 pork burger
  • Calories 347
  • Carbohydrate Content 36 g
  • Cholesterol Content 84 mg
  • Fat Content 9 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 33 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 473 mg
  • Sugar Content 13 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g