What is a Hawaiian burger? A typical Hawaiian burger is an instant hit with many because of the balance between sweet and meaty flavors. The Hawaiian is mainly based around freshly grilled pineapple and a chutney of your choice. You can use a tomato-based chutney, onion marmalade, or classic sriracha mayo.
Whether you are from the USA or UK, you will find most burger joints or takeaways featuring the popular Hawaiian burger on their menu.
I have experience making Hawaiian burgers because I have been making them for years in many workplaces. I know how to make the perfect burger patty, and I also know how to grill it to perfection. I also know how to make the perfect Hawaiian bun, and I also know how to add all of the necessary toppings.
You can read on, and I will break down the key ingredients of the burger recipes, whether to use fresh or tinned pineapple, assemble the burger, and other key information!
Where Did The Hawaiian Burger Originate From?
Funnily, the name kind of gives it away. Most people, including me, think it’s down to the exotic pineapple and reminding you of the tropical island of Hawaii, but – no, it’s a burger, first of all!
The OG burger was created at the Lincoln Grill restaurant in Hilo, Hawaii, in 1949 by husband and wife owners Richard and Nancy Inouye. One day young teenagers asked for something different than a sandwich that was affordable and fast – that’s the story over. What would we have done if it wasn’t for those meddling kids and their desire for a pineapple burger?
Another interesting storyline is the die-hard American fans of Mcdonald’s that claim Ray Kroc invented the original Hawaiian burger called the Hula Burger in 1963. The burger consisted pretty boringly of bun, pineapple, and cheese. The idea was to try and entice Catholics who did not eat meat on Fridays, and since McDonald’s featured only beef in their burgers, it meant they lost a lot of sales every Friday.
Thankfully, one of McDonald’s franchisees, Lou Groen, came up with a better alternative to the Hula Burger, the now-famous Filet-O-Fish! Thank goodness, because it’s a favorite of mine…
Where are Hawaiian Burgers Popular?
Hawaiian burgers are very popular in the UK and the USA.
Best Way To Cook Hawaiian Burgers
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Hawaiian Burger Recipe
To really create the juiciest and most tasty Hawaiian burger, these are the key ingredients you need for the Hawaiian burger recipe:
- Buns: any style that your heart desires! Usually, a soft and buttery bun is best. We will also toast the buns in butter for added flavor and texture.
- Lettuce: I like to use gem lettuce as a single leaf for crunch, and it looks pretty good!
- Meat: use 8/20 ground mince for the juiciest burgers. Alternatively, 4/6oz patties are sufficient.
- Cheese: my favorite cheese for Hawaiian Burgers is super sweet Havarti cheese but alternatively, use cheddar, Monterrey, or plain mozzarella.
- Pineapple: Hawaiian burgers are all about that sweet grilled pineapple which creates an awesome cheese grilled pineapple! Make sure your pineapple is ripe; slice pretty chunky, so the juices caramelize on the grill! Dang!
- Red onions: add a smack of tang to balance the super sweetness.
- Hawaiian sauce: Hawaiian burgers are drizzled with some Hawaiian Woodfire Marinade after cooking for the super juicy and flavorful burgers!
- Sriracha mayo: mix mayonnaise and sriracha, go easy on the sriracha, or it’ll just be a spicy pineapple burger… that isn’t the idea here. You can also opt for a teriyaki sauce if sriracha isn’t your favorite.
Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients
The ingredients in teriyaki sauce vary depending on the recipe but typically include soy sauce, mirin, sake, brown sugar, and ginger.
Fresh or Tinned Pineapple?
If you are going to make an effort to make a badass Hawaiian burger, I would strongly advise using fresh pineapple, but if your local supermarket isn’t blessed with fresh pineapple, then canned pineapple rings are sufficient. Make sure they are well-drained and dry.
Preheat your grill, pan, or skillet to medium/high heat, pour a tablespoon of oil onto it and add the pineapple onto it. Pretty simple? I can’t believe I’m writing this sometimes, but you’ll know when you know your grilled pineapple is ready!
Other Questions Asked
What is a Kona Burger?
A Kona burger is a burger with teriyaki sauce, grilled pineapple, mozzarella, and bacon!
Are Hawaiian rolls good for burgers?
Yes, Hawaiian rolls perfectly complement the flavors of your favorite burger recipes and toppings for a mouth-watering experience that is irresistibly delicious.
Is a meatball a burger?
Yes, meatballs are round hamburgers, but for example, you can make meatballs for spaghetti that have eggs, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. You will get a much better spag bol from it than if you just make miniature spherical hamburgers.
What is Tesco real food?
Tesco real food is the supermarket’s food article guide part of their online site. It shares what they call a real food recipe for different products they sell.
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