Minced Ham and Onion Burger

Chopped ham
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
196 Calories
16g Fat
5g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 196
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 521mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 15mg 75%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 246mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A good hamburger is an American staple, and in the South, minced ham is a popular ingredient. So, why not combine the two? This burger recipe uses minced or ground ham in place of beef (it is called a "ham" burger, isn't it?). Not to be confused with ground pork, minced ham is saltier but naturally leaner than most ground beef at less than five percent fat. It also has fewer calories and is more economical. We spice things up in this recipe with chopped peppers, onions, and seasonings, but you can make it your own using any of your favorite burger flavorings.


  • 1 cup minced ham

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine minced ham, green pepper, onion, parsley, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.

  2. Blend in beaten egg with hands or a wooden spoon.

  3. Divide mixture into 4 portions and shape into burgers.

  4. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until hot.

  5. Fry minced ham burgers for about 5 minutes on each side until cooked through.

  6. Drain on paper towels before placing in buns.


  • Ground ham may be hard to find in a grocery store, but butcher shops are a good source as they may sell ham and grind the meat to order for you. (You might also ask if your grocery store can grind the meat you purchase.) 
  • Minced ham burgers can be served as traditional beef burgers on toasted split buns with all of the regular toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, and condiments. French fries are always welcome, but adding something more savory, such as onion rings, will help give the meal more depth. Of course, the burgers can also be paired with a side of steamed veggies such as carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli. Given the saltiness and sweetness of ham, minced ham burgers are better off without any other salty flavors in accompanying sides.
  • In addition to burgers, minced ham can be made into ham loaf or used in a ham casserole, such as ham casserole with macaroni and cheeseham casserole with broccoli, and ham and cheese casserole.