Kahuna Burger (seriously, the best!)

Jennifer Scott


I was remembering a scene in Pulp Fiction where Jules goes off about this Kahuna Burger. Went to look up on line and found out it didn't come from a real restaurant. :( NO WORRIES! Found a few recipes, saw they all seemed to have teriyaki sauce and pineapple in common, so I started from there. Seriously, don't let the banana scare you. It's awesome!

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Depends on how big ya make 'em!


20 Min



1/2 medium
finely chopped red onion
1 medium
completely mashed banana
1/4 c
teriyaki sauce
1/4 c
soy sauce
1-2 tsp
sesame oil
2 tsp
garlic powder
2 tsp
1 tsp
ground black pepper
2-3 Tbsp
brown sugar
crushed red pepper to taste
1 lb
ground pork
1 lb
lean ground beef (i prefer publix's greenwise)
king's hawaaian sandwich rolls or small buns


sliced cucumber
banana peppers (sweet)
red leaf lettuce
sliced red onion
fresh sliced tomato
sliced avocado or wholly guacamole classic
microwaved bacon slices
sliced jalapenos (totally optional!)
french's french fried onions (to crunchify it!)


4 tsp
4 tsp
soy sauce
4 tsp
teriyaki sauce
4 tsp
pineapple juice
4 tsp
hot sauce (crystal and louisiana are my faves)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp
sesame oil
mayonnaise as a thickener (i don't mind it pretty runny though! makes for a messy yummy burger!)
your imagination! keep tasting the sauce and add as you see fit!

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine all ingredients (except for the buns of course!). HINT: MAKE SURE the banana is completely mashed - the idea is NOT to have big chunks of nanner in your burger! Combine well. The mixture will be very moist, this is good!

I like these burgers very thin - no worries about drying them out because they're thin, though - juiciest burger ever. Cook on a flat top griddle/grill, or in a pan on the stove (I don't recommend grilling these). When well browned on the first side, spray some water around each burger on the griddle, and cover them with a lid/pan/etc... for just a couple of minutes. Then, uncover and flip to finish cooking.

The burgers should have a beautiful caramelization on them from the banana and brown sugar, but worry not! The garlic and soy sauce should keep it savory!
Have your friends/sig other/kids slice the cukes, etc... I put out one plate with all the condiments on it, and pass it around at the table. My favorite way? Bun, burger, special sauce, bacon, cucumbers, banana peppers, guacamole, sliced red onion, tomato, lettuce, and french fried onion! Followed by other half of bun :)
This recipe is great because it really can be tailored to anyone's preferences. Try it and if you want to tweak it - DO IT!! Then come back and tell me all about it :O)

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