How to Fully Cook Pork Patties

Whether you make pork patties from fresh ground pork or buy the pre-made version, the cooking instructions are the same. The goal is to cook pork patties to a safe level without sacrificing quality. They should remain moist and juicy, not dried out and overcooked. If you watch the patties carefully and turn them at the correct interval, while making sure to monitor their internal temperature, your pork patties should turn out perfectly. Purchase pork tenderloin and have it ground for a leaner pork option and serve the cooked patties on a whole wheat bun, to make the patties part of a healthy meal.

Pork patties on a table. (Image: Nizas/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Place the patties in a cold skillet, under a broiler in a pan or on the grill. Space the patties so they have plenty of room to cook and evenly brown.

Step 2

Turn the burner or grill to medium heat, or turn the oven to "broil" if using the broiler.

Step 3

Cook the patties until they are completely browned on one side.

Step 4

Flip the patties to the opposite side with a spatula and cook them until they are completely browned on that side. It should take about 8 to 10 minutes to completely cook both sides.

Step 5

Insert a meat thermometer into the center of one of the patties. It should read 160 F when the patties are fully cooked.

Things You'll Need

  • Skillet

  • Spatula

  • Meat thermometer


If you do not have a meat thermometer, cut into one of the patties to the middle with a knife. The inside center should be brown or only have a slight tinge of pink.

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