Thursday, April 15, 2010

About as close to Hawaii as I'm gonna get this year!

How is it that everyone I know has been, is, or will be going to Hawaii this year? My own parents informed me last weekend that they are going in October! Unfortunately these burgers are about as close to Hawaii as I'm gonna this year.

My vacation disappointments aside, I'm pretty excited about these burgers!

Yesterday afternoon I was exhausted and lacking motivation to cook anything for dinner, so I decided we'd just have hamburgers. When I started getting the meat together, I couldn't help myself...I wanted to jazz things up a bit. Arnold has a good friend that always puts barbeque sauce and sliced pineapple on his burgers. Australians also put pineapple on their well as beets, fried eggs and a myriad of other random items...but I digress. So at first I thought I'd just do the pineapple slice thing. But then I decided to create a whole new burger, with pineapple and barbeque sauce as my inspiration....

...and thus this recipe was born! We loved it! Even Reese gobbled up half a hamburger.

Arnold thought I should call them Monterey Jack Hawaiian Stacks, but I decided on Hawaiian Barbeque Burgers...Which name do you like better??

(Mindi Original)

For the Burgers:
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 egg
1 C. Panko bread crumbs
1 C. pineapple tidbits
½ C. sliced green onions (about 6 including a good portion of the greens)
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic; finely minced
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

For the Barbeque Sauce:
½ C. ketchup
2 T. Dijon mustard
2 T. brown Sugar
2 t. white vinegar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. garlic powder
Salt & pepper

6 slices Monterey Jack cheese
Hamburger buns

1. In a mixing bowl dump all the ingredients for the burgers. With your hands mix the ingredients until well incorporated. (Try not to over-mix. If ground beef is over mixed it will become rubbery and tough, that’s why it’s important to mix everything at one time. You never want to add some ingredients, mix, then add more and mix again.)
2. Form the meat into 6 hamburger patties.
3. Combine all the ingredients for the barbeque sauce. Allow the sauce to sit for at least 30 minutes to ensure the sugar dissolves and the flavors come together.
4. Grill the patties, melting a slice of Monterey Jack cheese on top during the last few minutes of grilling.
5. Toast your hamburger bun of choice.
6. Assemble the burgers as follows:

Barbeque Sauce
More Barbeque Sauce
Top bun

*Makes 6 good size burgers

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Shelby said...

They looks and sound great! Now I don't want you to feel bad....but Monterrey Jack Hawaiian Stacks had a cool tune to it...and its different. :)

Laurel said...

arnold wins nameing rights on this one! yum!

Sarah said...

Sounds fab - but I just may add some grilled pineapple when I try it out.

Anonymous said...

where did you buy those hamburger buns? they look awesome.

Mindika said...

I buy my buns at the Macey's Bakery. I really like how fresh they are. I'm sure most grocery store bakery's would have comparable buns.

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