And the tropical eats continue.
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 warnin 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).
Aloha Burgers with Island Jerk Pineapple.
Island Jerk Pineapple
- 1 medium pineapple sliced into rounds, rhine + core removed
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut rum
- 2 teaspoons spicy curry powder
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Island Teriyaki Sauce
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sweet rice wine
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 clove garlic minced or grated
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated
- 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!)