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Hawaiian Burgers

I distinctly remember standing beside my dad out in the yard, talking about what we were having for dinner that night. I was either 4 or 5 and he was taking a break from painting the house. When I asked, “What’s for dinner?” the answer that came back sent shudders of disgust through my body. Hawaiian burgers. I could think of nothing worse. This was an invention of my mother’s that I simply did not understand. Two thin patties of ground beef sandwiching a slice of pineapple and covered with some sort of sauce. Horrifying! Why would she feed this to us?

Fast forward 35ish years and here I am making the same thing for my family. I changed the sauce and we’re using grass-fed beef now, but the big change is in the reaction my kids had when I told them what was on the menu. They actually thought it sounded good. Even my daughter, who doesn’t like burgers, thought this sounded yummy.

It was super simple, fast and believe it or not, even I enjoyed it. I guess we do all grow up eventually.

Hawaiian Burgers
Print Recipe
A zesty twist on the classic burger with a big surprise in the middle!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Hawaiian Burgers
Print Recipe
A zesty twist on the classic burger with a big surprise in the middle!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat a large cast iron or other heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add pineapple slices and sear on each side - 2-3 minutes.
  2. While the pineapple is cooking, divide beef into 8 equal portions. Shape into thin patties at least slightly larger in diameter than your pineapple. Sprinkle salt on each patty.
  3. Place one slice of pineapple on each of four patties and cover with another patty. Using your hands, seal the edges of the burgers so the pineapple is sandwiched in the middle, but you can't see any pineapple peaking out.
  4. Add burgers to hot skillet and sear well - 4-5 minutes. Flip and sear the other side, 4-5 more minutes.
  5. While burgers are cooking, combine sauce ingredients (coconut aminos-honey) in a small bowl. Once burgers are browned well on each side, pour sauce over each burger. It will sizzle, but this is what you want. Allow the sauce to thicken a little, continuing to spoon it back over the burgers. This takes 2-3 minutes. Make sure the burgers are cooked to your likeness.
  6. Serve on sweet potato or AIP buns (see link below) or with no bun at all. They are too messy to pick up anyway. But messy food is the best food!
Recipe Notes

Autoimmune Protocol-Friendly Hamburger Buns/Bread

Alternative cooking method: reduce the sauce in a pan on the stove and grill the burgers outside to your preferred level of done-ness. When almost through cooking, spoon the sauce over each burger.

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