Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hawaiian Burgers

So I was at the grocery store buying the pineapple, ham and havarti to make my hawaiian burgers that I have been planning for about 2 months now.  The dude at the check stand surveyed my purchase and said..."Pizza?!"  I said nooo, hawaiian burgers.  He was surprised like he had never heard of a hawaiian burger before and jealous at the same time.  He then replied "that sounds amazing."  I said it will be!  And they are!  The soy, honey and ginger make a really good burger as is, then top with a little ham and pineapple....mouth heaven!

What you'll need:
1 pound super lean ground beef or turkey
1 egg
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger
2 cloves garlic minced
deli ham slices (1-2 per burger)
pineapple slices ( I used fresh)
havarti cheese slices

In a medium bowl, combine beef, egg, bread crumbs, honey, soy sauce, ginger and garlic.  Mix together and let sit in fridge for a half hour to an hour.

Prep pineapple if using fresh.  Cut off sides, core, and slice as thin as you can.  For the buns, I had made some wheat pizza dough a while back and didn't like how it stretched for pizza.  I took one of the dough balls from the freezer, split it into 4 pieces and flattened them out to bun size.  Then I grilled them just as I would pizza crusts.  I grilled the buns first to give them time to cool.  Remove meat from fridge and form into 4 patties.

Preheat grill to medium high (if you haven't already from grilling buns) place burger patties, pineapple slices and ham slices.  The ham will grill the fastest, once its a little browed on both sides either place on upper rack of bbq or remove from grill.  Pineapple and burgers will take about 5 minutes on each side.  Just before you remove burger patties, lay ham slices on patty and then top with cheese.  Let cheese melt and top with pineapple.  Plate up!

Pineapple art.  duh.

I ate my burger with just these ingredients, nothing else.  Kam added some mustard and mayo to his bun.  You could also add lettuce and tomato.  Maybe a little bbq sauce instead of mustard or mayo would be good too.  I prefer it simple.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Looks pretty tasty! We need to get a little grill so we can try out some of these grill-required recipes of yours....