That’s probably not the case because Food Network/Cooking Channel tends to go for “real” people, but it’s just not something I can get over long enough to watch her show.
I had initially planned on making a Hawaiian turkey burger but for whatever reason didn’t pick up practically any of the ingredients at the store. I don’t know what I was thinking there. So I decided instead of stopping at the store to pick some things up, I’d Google “Hawaiian burger” and see if there were any recipes I could create based off what I’d have.
I had to make some slight adjustments here, the burger buns, the type of cheese, the tomato and I opted not to include brown sugar on the pineapple, but otherwise the recipe is pretty much the same.
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
- 2 tbsp. fresh chives, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tbsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- 1 tsp. adobo sauce
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 4 slices bacon, cooked
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- 4 slices fresh pineapple
- burger buns
1. Prepare the burger patties by combining all of the ingredients together in a bowl and then form into 4 evenly sized patties. Place on a plate and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Preheat a grill to high heat.
3. Prepare the mayonnaise by mincing the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce and mixing it, along with the extra sauce, into the mayo in a small bowl until well combined.
4. Grill the burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Top with the Swiss cheese and cook until melted.
5. Transfer burgers to a plate. Place the pineapple on the grill for 1-2 minutes per side.
6. Spread the mayonnaise on both sides of the burger bun. Place the lettuce on the bottom, followed a slice of bacon, broken in half. Top that with the burger, a slice of tomato, the pickles and the pineapple. Top with the other half of the bun.
I think I might have used just a tiny bit too much of the chipotle mayo on my burger since it was a nice dry kick to the back of the throat, but otherwise I really, really enjoyed this burger. I opted to serve my pickle on the side and Tom, who previously used to hate pickles, told me that he thought he’d really enjoy it diced up and in the mayo, kind of like a spicy Thousand Island dressing.
I definitely plan on making these again!