Spicy Hawaiian Burgers

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 2:26 PM CDT
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Angie Horkan, with the Wisconsin Beef Council, shares a recipe for Spicy Hawaiian Burgers.

Recipe courtesy Creme de la Crumb


1 pound Ground Beef

1/3 cup mayo

1 tablespoon adobo sauce

4 slices pepperjack cheese

1 cup pineapple - finely diced and well drained of excess juices

1 jalapeno - finely diced

1/4 onion - finely diced

1/4 cup cilantro

4 bacon strips - cooked til near-crisp

1 cup hawaiian bbq sauce - see below for recipe

4 hamburger buns

Hawaiian Hamburger Sauce

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce

1/3 cup ketchup

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Hamburger Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

salt and pepper to taste


Stir together pineapple, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro. Set aside.

Prepare the Sauces

Stir together mayo and adobo sauce. Set aside. In a small sauce pan combine teriyaki sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for five minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare the Hamburgers

Divide Ground Beef into four equal sections. Shape into 5-inch patties. Season with garlic powder, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Preheat a grill, then grill patties for 5-7 minutes on each side until they reach 160 degrees F as measured by a meat thermometer. Transfer burger patties to a platter and immediately top each with a slice of pepper jack cheese. Allow to melt for 1-2 minutes. Assemble burgers by spreading chipotle mayo on the bottom half of the bun. Top with grilled burger patty, bacon, pineapple relish, bbq sauce, and top half of bun. Serve immediately.

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