Piled high with teriyaki pineapples and grilled ham, this Grilled Aloha Burger deserves a spot on your dinner menu!
My wife and I enjoy eating out and trying new foods. We’ve come across some really unique dishes in our travels, too. I’m looking at you, salt foam margarita that we discovered at Nava in Atlanta. (Sadly that restaurant is now closed.) However, Laura actually researched it and got me some soy lecithin granules so we could make our own salt foam margaritas. Both of us enjoying spending time in the kitchen, and part of the fun of eating out is recreating dishes at home.
We’ve come across some pretty strange flavor combinations in our travels, but I think Robbie takes the cake in this category. The other night, our little guy (now almost 9 months old) was eating some plain yogurt mixed with pureed blueberries. He kept making a face at the yogurt, so we sweetened it up with some pureed bananas. He was still less than enthused about the yogurt. (I think it might have been the sour taste?)
So we opened up a package of macaroni and cheese (baby food version). Yup, pureed macaroni and cheese. (On a side note, if you’ve ever wanted to drink mac + cheese with a straw, then this is your answer!) He took one bite of the mac and cheese, and he loved it. He had the biggest smile on his face after that bite. (Like father, like son, right?)
Then we went back to the blueberry-banana-yogurt, and he gobbled down the whole bowl. Who knows? Maybe it wasn’t as sour after eating the mac and cheese? Either way, he didn’t complain one bit. Nothing says delicious like Blueberry Banana Mac and Cheese! (Stay tuned. I’ll work on a recipe for that one. Or not.)
When we flew down to Nashville a couple of months ago, I was flipping through the in-flight magazine. (This was during the one 5-minute span that Robbie actually napped.) I came across a picture of a delicious looking Hawaiian burger. It was loaded with ham (or Spam?) and pineapple. And it sure beat the heck out of the little pack of stale airplane pretzels that I was eating. I tucked that magazine into my bag with the intention of making that burger as soon as I got back home.
It took me a bit longer than I expected, but that Grilled Aloha Burger finally showed up on my grill the other day. Normally, I’m not a fan of using sweet ingredients (i.e. pineapple) in a savory meal (i.e. burger). But I took a page out of Robbie’s Blueberry Banana Mac and Cheese playbook, and I went for it. And it totally worked! In fact, those grilled teriyaki pineapples were good enough to serve as a side dish by themselves. I hope you enjoy this Grilled Aloha Burger as much as we did! Cheers!
Grilled Aloha Burger
For the Burger
- ¾ cup reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce divided
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup yellow onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup plain bread crumbs
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
For the Toppings
- 1 can sliced pineapple drained
- 6 sesame seed buns
- 6 lettuce leaves
- 6 slices yellow onion
- 2 ham steaks fully cooked and each cut into 3 pieces
- 6 slices Swiss cheese
- Pat pineapple rings with a paper towel and place in a resealable sandwich bag. Add ¼ cup of teriyaki sauce and toss until pineapple is well coated. Set aside.
- Using a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, onion, garlic, soy sauce, bread crumbs, pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix until well combined.
- Shape mixture into 6 patties. (Tip: Make the patties slightly thinner in the center. This will give the burger a better shape once cooked.)
- Place burgers in a glass baking dish and pour remaining ½ cup of teriyaki over burgers. Let marinate for 15 minutes, turning once.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- Remove burgers and pineapples from teriyaki sauce and discard sauce.
- Grill burgers on medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
- Flip burgers and grill for 4-5 more minutes, or until fully cooked. At the same time, add pineapple rings and ham steak to grill and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until heated through.
- Layer bottom buns with lettuce and onion. Add burgers and top with Swiss cheese, grilled pineapple and ham.
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