Pulled Pork Burgers


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We’ve all heard of a bucket list before, yes? I know mine is quite long and involves all sorts of epic food adventures and fabulous travels around the world. But not all of them require a plane ticket! Some of them are right in my back yard. Like having the most epic BBQ Pork dinner ever complete with perfecting my recipe for pulled pork burgers.

Pulled Pork Burgers / What's Gaby Cooking

Today I’m teaming up with my friends over at the National Pork Board  to bring you this epic Pulled Pork Burger recipe. The Pork Board asked me to identify a few items on my #PorkBucketList, and seeing as how I’ve already nailed the perfect recipe for carnitas – it was a toss up between perfecting my pulled pork burger and hosting my own pig roast.  I mean, with all the amazing ways you can prepare pork, why wouldn’t you have a #PorkBucketList?

Pulled Pork Burgers with Mac and Cheese

I ultimately opted for pulled pork burgers because it’s a great weeknight meal that we can all use any time of year! Plus hosting my own pig roast would require about 45 people to chow down once it’s cooked and I don’t think I know that many people!  What would you guys pick to be on your #PorkBucketList? Let me know in the comments below and you could win $500 from the National Pork Board to help make that a reality! So let’s get down to the pulled pork.

Pulled Pork Burgers

To ensure I really crossed off my #PorkBucketList item, and perfected my recipe for pulled pork, I needed to do some research! I hopped (actually I biked) down to one of my favorite BBQ joints in Venice, Chop Daddy’s (who is famous for their pulled pork burgers) with a handful of friends and literally ordered the entire menu for everyone. Dinner was composed of multiple pulled pork burgers, some topped with slaw, others with mac and cheese, seared pork belly, half racks of ribs, baked beans with pork belly and a salad for good measure. And it was all in the name of trying to nail the perfect pulled pork recipe. It was a tough job… but I was happy to take it on! An hour later we rolled out of there with full bellies and a taste of what perfect pulled pork should taste like.

Pulled Pork Burgers / What's Gaby Cooking

And guess what… here it is!

Pulled Pork Burgers



  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2.5 pounds blade pork roast formerly Blade Roast/Boston Butt, cut into 2 pieces


  • Combine all the ingredients except the blade pork roast and the buns in a slow cooker and mix together with a spoon. Add the 2 pieces of blade pork roast and cover the slow cooker. Set for 8 hours on low.
  • After 8 hours, using 2 forks, shred the pork and remove the pork with the remaining sauce into a large bowl. Serve with toasted buns and cole slaw if desired.

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  1. Marla Meridith

    Anything pig count me in. These pulled pork burgers look amazing girl!

  2. Julie @ Table for Two

    I’m seriously SO hungry now and craving BBQ like a mad woman! My pork bucket list? Anything slathered in bbq sauce!

  3. Heather Christo

    Gah!! these look so, so good! What don’t I want to make with pork!? For my #PorkBucketList I could see myself going after a perfect rack of ribs, a juicy ground pork burger or maybe some excellent breakfast sausage?

  4. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    I agree, the pork burgers look so good! I actually need to cook pulled pork this weekend so this might be it 🙂

  5. ashley – baker by nature

    This is not even fair… I NEED THIS BURGER!!! Love this recipe, Gaby!

  6. Courtney – Pizzazzerie

    These look divine! As in making them STAT! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Love it!

  7. Mary

    Love this so much and really? Does it get much better than a #PorkBucketList?! That burger looks spectacular.

  8. Natalie @ Paper & Birch

    I am starving right now (just got home from the gym) and could devour this right now!! 😀

  9. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon

    These are perfect for my family- we are huge porks fans. I love having another great recipe to add to my dinner rotation! Pinned.

  10. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    That looks incredible, I love anything pork! Pork Bucket list – recreate this incredible burger that was a hamburger, bacon, and amazing pulled pork on a homemade brioche bun – so good!

  11. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    OMG – that first photo! I want to reach right into my computer screen and grab that sandwich. Looks incredible! Pork bucket list….hmmmm….maybe making perfectly crisp and tender pork belly.

  12. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Oh. My. Word. Now THAT is what I’m talkin about! Those look ah-may-zing Gaby! Pinning and face planting!

  13. Susan P

    While your pulled pork looks lusciously lovely, I need to perfect a tender, succulent pork loin.

  14. Mary Frances

    Oh yum this looks awesome! I’m going to try to make a pork shoulder this weekend (time permitting!)

  15. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    Love the research you did for this recipe. It looks perfect for Labor Day weekend or for tailgating season.

  16. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

    I was just at the Agricultural Fair yesterday here on MV and had an awesome pulled pork sandwich – this is making me crave another one ASAP!

  17. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    This is my favorite way to eat pork, on a bun with slaw! Gorgeous photos too!

  18. samantha rosenkrans

    last year we killed and butchered a pig from a to z, one down
    we just knocked another one down in our bucket list as we had two 100lb pigs roasted for our wedding
    th next is to get a smoker and perfect the art of ribs

  19. June

    I plan to make this today. I have ground pork, and will be making patties with your recipe.

  20. Michelle

    I have this in the crock pot as we speak!! Smelling delicious and can’t wait for dinner time. As for my bucket list, a good rack of ribs is up there as are carnitas 🙂 drooling…

  21. Jane Maynard


    I’ll never forget the moment we discovered pulled pork sandwiches topped with cole slaw…it changed my life! 😉

  22. Kristina N.

    Dear lord, these look sooooo good! I’ll definitely be trying this recipe. My bucket list is to perfect carnitas. For some reason I’ve always been terrified to try them, but maybe this will be my year!

  23. Naomi

    I want dive into these! I love that you did all that research for us! 🙂

  24. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    My family would go crazy for these sandwiches! So delicious!

  25. Denise

    Love nothing more than a slow roasted or simmered pork butt, and this looks AMAZING! Get into my belly now.

  26. Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    I love your kind of research!!! This #PorkBucketList is so much delicious fun!

  27. Susan Christy

    Pork Belly – my winter is going to be dedicated to trying every pork belly recipe I can lay my hands on.

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  29. Margot

    This looks awesome! I think I need to make for Super Bowl Sunday. How many servings, please?