The 3 Olive Burger

June 29, 2014

Author Notes: The first time I had an olive burger was at The Keyhole Bar in Mackinaw City years and years ago on the way to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It was basically a patty of ground beef with a green olive and mayo topping. We both loved it and through the years have made versions of it often. A little research found that this type of burger is particularly popular in Western Michigan. My favorite version is this one with a combination of olives and a burger that is made with beef and pork.inpatskitchen

Makes: 4 burgers


For the olive topping

  • 1 cup small pimiento stuffed green olives
  • 1/2 cup small Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 3/4 cup small ripe California olives, pitted
  • 1 cup homemade or great quality commercial mayo

For the burgers and putting it all together

  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • The half cup of chopped olives
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (coarse grind)
  • The olive-mayo sauce
  • 4 slices Swiss or Provolone cheese
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 4 of your favorite burger buns
In This Recipe


For the olive topping

  1. Chop the olives coarsely by hand or place them in a mini food processor and pulse them until coarsely chopped.
  2. Reserve 1/2 cup of the olives and mix the rest with the mayo. Refrigerate the olive mayo mixture until ready to serve.

For the burgers and putting it all together

  1. Combine the ground chuck, ground pork, the half cup of chopped olives and the black pepper. Shape into 4 patties and place on a pre heated grill over medium /high heat. Grill until cooked through. During the last minute or two of cooking, place a slice of cheese over each patty to melt a little. (alternatively there is no reason why you can't cook these on a griddle or frying pan...just melt a bit of butter and/or oil in the pan first)
  2. Slather some of the olive topping on each side of the cut buns. Place a burger and a little lettuce over and cover with the top bun.

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