Juicy burger grilled with a homemade, sweet and savory pineapple teriyaki burger sauce, stacked onto a sweet Hawaiian bun with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, and topped with a grilled pineapple ring and spicy mayo.
Like saucy, sloppy things on a bun? Click for a recipe for the Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Saucy Slaw.
what is Aloha burger?
Aloha burger describes a type of burger that is typically basted with a thick, sweet and savory basting sauce and topped with a grilled pineapple along with they usual fixing's.
This recipe makes the sauce completely from scratch, blending real pineapple right into the basting sauce for even more, sloppy saucy flavor. The pineapple ring gets a light kiss from the grill, just enough to leave a char mark or two, and the Hawaiian style sweet bun is toasted to the end of it's life before being slathered with a kicked up mayo that stacks perfectly on top of melted cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.
It's basically paradise on a burger bun.
how to make the Aloha burger sauce
In a good blender or food processor puree the ingredients together. Use about a half cup of pineapple, fresh or canned rings. (If you choose canned, just reserve half the rings for the grill and also include the pineapple juice from the can into the puree.) Add two cloves of garlic (or two teaspoons minced garlic), molasses, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and onion powder. A few tablespoons of Hoisin sauce is optional and adds a little extra punch of flavor and richness, but is not required.
Blend these ingredients together until smooth and thick. This sauce can be made in advance and stored in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to one week. Just be sure to discard any unused portion, if you have used a brush that has been in contact with raw meat and dipped back into the sauce during basting. To avoid having to throw out unused sauce, pour a portion into a small bowl that can be used with the basting brush and add more sauce as needed.
Brush prepared sauce onto burgers as soon as the patties hit the grill, and continue to do so as they cook, every couple of minutes for the sauciest, most flavorful burger. Flip and repeat, basting the other side just the same as the first. Cook until internal temp reaches desired done-ness (Fahrenheit):
- Medium Rare: 135-140 degrees (good amount of pink); 4 minutes per side
- Medium: 140-145 degrees (some pink); 5 minutes per side
- Medium Well: 150-155 degrees (very slight pink); 6 minutes per side
- Well Done: 160 degrees (no pink); 7+ minutes per side
how to make the spicy mayo
The spicy mayo for the Aloha burgers, is not a make-or break item. But if you like a spicy kick, it's really easy to create this spicy mayo by combining equal parts regular mayonnaise (click for easy, homemade 2 minute mayo recipe) and Sriracha. Easy, right?
serve on a Hawaiian roll
The bun should be one of those sweet, doughy, delicious Hawaiian hamburger buns, like King's Hawaiian brand.
- 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
- 1 cup pineapple fresh or canned
- 2 tsp minced garlic about 2 cloves
- ⅛ cup molasses
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ground black pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce optional
- For Serving
- 6 Hawaiian hamburger buns
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tsps sriracha sauce optional, for kick
- 6 pineapple rings for topping
- 6 slices cheddar cheese for topping
- lettuce tomato and onion
- In a good blender or food processor combine pineapple, garlic, molasses, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, onion powder, pepper and Hoisin sauce until smooth. (Store covered, in fridge until ready to use.)
- Form completely thawed beef into 6 equal patties. Salt and pepper lightly.
- On a hot grill, or cast iron skillet (wait until fully heated) cook patties on one side for 5-7 minutes, basting 2-3 times with sauce before flipping over and cooking on the other side and basting again 2-3 times.
- Remove patties to a plate and immediately top with cheese so that it melts.
- Lay down additional pineapple rings for just a minute per side to get a little char.
- Toast buns until edges are dark brown.
- Combine mayo and sriracha (for spicy mayo).
- Serve buns with mayo, basted burger topped with melted cheese, grilled pineapple ring, and lettuce, tomato and onion.
- Refer to post chart for burger temperature chart for doneness.
- If using canned pineapple rings, reserve some rings for grilling, and use the rest plus the juice in the Aloha basting sauce.
- Store any previously made sauce in the fridge up to one week (it can be made in advance).
- Make sure to separate any sauce used with a basting brush that has come into contact with raw beef.
Aloha Chicken Burger
- 4 chicken breasts
- 4 freshly sliced pineapple rings
- 1 can pineapple chunks
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ shallot
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- ½ cup soy sauce
- pinch black pepper
- 4 burger buns of choice
- 4 slices smoked gouda
- lettuce tomato, red onion
- Get grill prepared and ready to go.
- Cut outer layer off of pineapple, and slice into ¼ inch thick slices, but do not remove the core until after you have grilled it. This will help keep it together on the grill.
- Take thawed chicken breasts, and cut diagonally from thickest part towards the end, as to halve the chicken breast into thinner, burger-friendly portions. See picture. Salt and pepper both sides, and set aside in a shallow dish.
- In a blender or food processor, add garlic, shallot, canned pineapple with juice, vinegar, soy sauce, and pepper, and blend until combined and smooth.
- Pour sauce over chicken. Let sit for 30 minutes. Reserve remaining sauce for basting.
- Grill chicken on a medium-low grill until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Baste every 5 minutes, turning. Top with cheese during last few minutes to melt.
- Grill pineapple just until grill marks appear; when slightly cool, cut out the core with a knife.
- Slice tomato, and onion thinly. Portion out lettuce. Spread mayo on top and bottom buns. Add onion onto bottom bun, top with chicken. Add tomato and lettuce. Serve!