Frugal Foodie Challenge #2: [Apple]

February 6, 2008 at 7:56 pm 4 comments

I admit that this challenge really was a challenge for me.

I fought tooth and nail the whole time with Lorena, who hosts the Frugal Foodie Challenge, about the ingredient this month. Apples are for desserts NOT for the main course meal. But after a little education from her and Nikki, I have learned the error of my anti-fruit ways… (But I still got my pork!! HA!)

PS. Abybaby, I potato you! (see my cute little potato heart slice? hehe)


(Recipe from | photos from me!)

Makes 8 servings (1 hamburger=1 serving)
Calories/serving = 532
WW pts/serving = 13

* FYI, calories/WW pts do not include lettuce and/or extra condiments you put on your burger


2 pounds ground pork
1 Granny Smith apple* – peeled, cored and chopped (I used fuji apple)
1 sweet onion*, finely chopped (I used 1/2 onion)
3 cloves garlic*, minced
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce*
1 egg*
8 hamburger buns
1 (20 ounce) can sliced pineapple, drained (I omitted)
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Cost benefit analysis–
ground pork $8.30/2 pounds –> 1 lb= $4.15
hamburger buns $3.49/8 –> 4 buns= $1.75
TOTAL = $5.90
* already had in my kitchen

(I made 8 patties per the recipe but I only cooked 4 patties for dinner and save the other 4 for a future meal so I decided it would be ok to cut the cost in half.)


Preheat grill for medium-high heat.

In a large bowl, mix together ground pork, apple, onion, garlic, teriyaki sauce, and egg. I added 1/2 cup bread crumbs to make the pattie hold together better. If too dry, add some juice from the can of pineapple slices. Form into eight patties.

Lightly oil grill grate. Grill pork burgers for 10 minutes, or until well done. Toast buns on grill. Assemble burgers with toasted buns topped with pineapple slices.

Serve with potatoes slices (see recipe below)


Husband rating: A+
He heard the ingredients and was kinda skeptical about how it would taste. But after he tried it he really raved about the flavors.

Wifey rating: A/A+
None of the individual flavors were overpowering b/c everything complemented each other really well and made a yummy unique flavor.

Other rating: A
ditto hubs.



Makes 30-35 servings (1 slice=1 serving)
Calories/serving = ~21 (
WW pts/serving = ~0


2 russet (baking) potatoes, peeled and sliced diagonally 1/8 inch thick
2-4 tbsp stick of butter, melted*
coarse salt to taste*

Cost benefit analysis–
russet potatoes $4/10 –> 2 = $.80
TOTAL = $.80
* already had in my kitchen


Pat the potatoes dry between paper towels and arrange them in one layer in 2 greased cookie sheets pans. Brush the potatoes with the butter, bake them in a preheated 500°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Sprinkle them with the salt.


Husband rating: A+
He said I should have made more.

Wifey rating: A+
Great yummy healthier alternative to deep fried french fries.

Other rating: A+
He liked the potato slices more than the burger.


w00t w00t! Another successful frugal foodie challenge *and* I made it for 3 people instead of just two! Do I get bonus points? LOL.


Entry filed under: Frugal Foodie Challenge, fruit, main dish, pork.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ashley  |  February 7, 2008 at 1:51 am

    This sounds and looks really tasty, I might have to neglect to mention the apple and stuff, so my husband will be less skeptical before trying it…It almost sounds too healthy for his liking ( he is just mad cause I sneak veggies into everything) :)

  • 2. mrsabybaby  |  February 7, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Aw, I POTATO you too Clara! : )

    These look yummo! Yeah, I would definitely have to NOT tell T about the apple. He would freak. LOL

  • 3. CB  |  February 7, 2008 at 9:35 am

    ASHLEY, I guess I am kinda lucky that T will eat just about anything I cook but I admit he was very skeptical about the apple burger. LOL. If you try it, let me know what you think, k?

    MRSABY, T wasn’t sure what to make of it either but you honestly don’t taste just apple. Its a good combo of sweet and savory flavors IMO. :)

  • 4. Alanna  |  February 7, 2008 at 10:20 am

    I <3 the potato hearts. I suppose I better get busy with my entry for the FFC!


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