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I am dreaming of favorites today.  Summer favorites to be exact.  —Hawaiian beaches… gorgeous waters…  and cook outs.  Any time I can wrap at least some my favorites all into one, I dive in head long and enjoy, which brings us to these deliciously marvelous Hawaiian burgers that you really need to grill this very weekend.

Special sauce, lettuce, cheese, and pineapple on a sesame seed bun.

These burgers are one way that you can take the ordinary and make it special with just a little change or two.  And isn’t that what good cooking and hospitality are all about?  With a little pork sausage and a slice of grilled hala-kahiki  (pineapple), and you’re headed from “I guess we’ll grill burgers tonight” to a grilling island style!

Mahalo, you say?  A’ole pilikia, my friends.  It’s no trouble at all.

(I love this recipe because it tackles the techniques of cutting pineapple and avocado. Sharpen your knives!  It’s about to get real.)


 

Hawaiian Pineapple Burgers with Fresh Avocado Salsa

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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Splash of Worcestershire Sauce (You might like Teriyaki or soy sauce instead!)
  • 1 pineapple, sliced
  • Provolone cheese slices
  • Lettuce

Avocado Salsa

  • 1-2 avocados
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2-3 jalapenos, deveined, deseeded and diced
  • ¼- ½ medium red onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • ¼ tsp cumin

Note:  King Hawaiian Buns are great with these!

Process:

Combine pork and beef in a large bowl with Worcestershire sauce and mix gently.  Be careful not to over mix.  The heat from your hands breaks down the fat in the meat and will cause your patties to be more like hockey pucks than the juicy burgers you’re craving.

 

Gently form into patties (still careful not to overwork the meat).   Salt and pepper the patties after you form them.

SONY DSCGrill for about 3-4 minutes for medium burgers, flipping the burgers only once for best results.  Add your cheese to melt.

SONY DSCCut the top and bottom off the pineapple.  Stand the pineapple on end.  Slicing downwards, cut the tough and prickly covering off.  The little brown spot left are “eyes”; remove those.

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SONY DSCTurn the pineapple on its side and slice it in ¼- ½ slices.  Use a coring tool or a small round cookie cutter to remove the core from each slice.

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It’s time to tackle the avocado salsa.  Holding the avocado in one hand, slip the knife longways into the side until you feel the pit.  Rotate the knife until you have cut around the whole avocado.  Use your knife to open the avocado.

SONY DSCGently, but firmly put the knife into the pit and pull the pit out.  Cut vertical slices through the avocado, careful not to cut the skin.  Cut horizontal slices to create a “grid.”  Use a spoon to scoop out your cubed avocado.

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SONY DSCAdd onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and lime juice.  Mix gently.  The more you mix, the more it breaks the soft avocado down.

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Now you are ready to build this burger! Start with a little mayonnaise on the bottom bun.  Add lettuce, your Hawaiian patty, grilled pineapple slice.  Top with your fresh avocado salsa and that top bun.

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SONY DSCThis burger goes great with baked or black beans, sweet potato fries or chips, and grilled corn.

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Oh man, this is what I call “lu-wow!” Is that cheesy?  This burger is so good that I don’t even really care.  Get ready for a little bit of the island life!  Aloha!

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Hawaiian Pineapple Burgers with Fresh Avocado Salsa
Serves 6
With a little pork sausage and a slice of grilled pineapple, and you’re headed to a little taste of island life!
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Burgers
  1. 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. Splash of Worcestershire Sauce (You might like Teriyaki or soy sauce instead!)
  5. 1 pineapple, sliced
  6. Provolone cheese slices
  7. Lettuce
Avocado Salsa
  1. 1-2 avocados,cubed
  2. 1 tsp minced garlic
  3. 2-3 jalapenos, de-seeded and diced
  4. ¼- ½ medium red onion, diced
  5. 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  6. 2 Tbsp lime juice
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. ¼ tsp cumin
Burgers
  1. Combine pork and beef in a large bowl with Worcestershire sauce and mix gently.
  2. Form into patties. Salting and peppering after you form them.
  3. Grill for about 3-4 minutes for medium burgers. Add your cheese to melt.
  4. Slice pineapple in ¼- ½ slices and grill 1-2 minutes on each side.
Avocado Salsa
  1. In a medium bowl, gently mix avocado, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and lime juice.
Notes
  1. A little mayonnaise, lettuce, your Hawaiian patty and grilled pineapple slice, topped with fresh avocado salsa are all you need for this burger. Plus, King Hawaiian Buns are great with these!
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 Love pineapple like I do?  Check out these other great pineapple recipes!

Hawaiian Hot Dogs & Pineapple Relish

Phil’s Down for the Count Pineapple Chicken and Fried Rice

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