And the tropical eats continue with these Aloha Burgers with Island Jerk Pineapple!
Seriously, I have a problem. I have so many tropical recipe ideas floating around in my head.
It’s crazy. I am sorry if all this fruity tropical food is not your thing. For your sake, I will throw in some regular foods at some point here, but I can’t seem to stop. Tropical foods just make me happy.
For this reason, I am just going to put this out here right now. You know I always want to be upfront with you guys. I have a new disclaimer for the Half Baked Harvest site: From here until mid-August I cannot be held accountable for the large (possibly ridiculous) amount of fruit recipes posted on this site. Just warning ya.
Speaking of fruit and produce, I walked into the grocery store yesterday, and you guys – there was fresh and beautiful produce everywhere! Berries galore (and on sale too!) I bought raspberries for a dollar a pack! Obviously, I bought ten (duh). I bought fresh corn, peaches and nectarines (super early, I know, but they looked good), watermelon, cherries, and all kinds of greens. I practically bought the whole produce section.
So excited for all the color to be back in the stores. Very very exciting if you ask me!
Ok, ok, ok, but these burgers? Well, these are a summer cookout burger for sure. With Memorial Day coming, I figured it was time to start talking about all things cookout.
And yes, I know it was twenty degrees here all day yesterday. AND that it has snowed for the last three days. BUT… I also know that most of the world is enjoying spring, and for some even – summer temps (or at least I pray that you are – I would not wish this cold and snow upon anyone)! So cookout time it is!
Just a fun little side note, I totally grilled these in the middle of a snowstorm. It was cold and depressing 🙁
These burgers are all about the pineapple.
Yes, the pineapple. One, I am head over heels for pineapple right now, so I may be a bit biased. Probably not though, the stuff is so good. Let’s put it this way, it gets soaked in coconut rum, brown sugar, and jerk spices. Told you, so good.
Then there’s island teriyaki sauce, cheese, and bacon. Bacon because, well, islanders love their pork.
Bonus point if you make a fun drink and serve them out of real coconuts.
Best drink ever (no matter what’s inside).
Lastly, if you make these Aloha Burgers with Island Jerk Pineapple, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Aloha Burgers with Island Jerk Pineapple.
Servings: 6 Burgers
Calories Per Serving: 758 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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Island Jerk Pineapple
Island Teriyaki Sauce
- 2 pounds ground beef turkey or chicken
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- pinch of pepper
- 6 slices pepper jack or swiss cheese
- 8-12 slices fried bacon
- 1 avocado sliced
- 2 jalapeños sliced
- 6 burger buns
Island Jerk Pineapple
- Add the pineapple rounds to a ziplock bag. Now add the brown sugar, coconut rum, spicy curry powder, ginger, chili powder, cayenne and cinnamon. Seal the bag and shake to coat. Place in the fridge for 1 hour or up to 12 hours. Meanwhile work on the rest of the meal.
Island Teriyaki Sauce
- Combine the cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl, whisking until smooth.
- In a medium sauce pot combine the pineapple juice, soy sauce, sweet rice wine, brown sugar, garlic and ginger. Bring to a boil over medium heat, add the cornstarch mixture and bring the sauce back a boil. Boil 1 minute, then reduce the heat and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened slightly. The longer you let it cook, the thicker it will become.
- Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
- In a bowl combine the beef (turkey or chicken), soy sauce, pineapple juice, pinch of cayenne and a pinch of pepper. Mix until just combined and then divide the meat into 6 equal patties.
- Grill the burgers for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare or longer if you prefer. During the last minute of cooking add the cheese. At the same time grill the pineapple for 4-5 minutes per side or until caramelized.
- Place a burger on the bottom buns. Top with a pineapple slice and drizzle on the island teriyaki sauce. Add the avocado slices, bacon and jalapeños. Add the top bun and EAT!
See you on the beach…. (I WISH!)