Big Kahuna Hawaiian Burger

Raven Higheagle


Last week I was brainstorming new ideas for chicken recipes and I had put together this fantastic idea for a Hawaiian inspired chicken.
I have a friend Drex from Hawaii and I was really missing him.
I start with a perfectly grilled beef burger with Asian / Hawaiian flavors. Glaze that with a pineapple teriyaki glaze. Then I top it with mild and creamy Swiss cheese, grilled pineapple, red onion slices and brown sugar ham. This is like Hawaii heaven on a plate.
Yes, I admit it. I ate the whole thing. I couldn't help myself.
Truth be told if I had a second stomach, I would have eaten 2.


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Serves 8
5 Min
10 Min


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  • 2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 4 tsp
    low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp
  • 4 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 4 Tbsp
    pineapple juice
  • 4 Tbsp
    teriyaki sauce
  • 8 slice
    brown sugar ham
  • 8 slice
    red onion
  • 8 slice
    swiss cheese
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  • 8
    big sesame seed hamburger buns, buttered
  • 8 slice
    fresh pineapple

How to Make Big Kahuna Hawaiian Burger


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Mix pineapple juice and teriyaki sauce together. Set aside.
  3. Mix beef, ginger, garlic, salt and soy sauce in a small bowl.
  4. Divide into 8 patties and form into patties slightly larger than your bun.
  5. Make a slight indentation in the center of the burger to prevent it from doming up in the center.
  6. The indentation will rise as your burger cooks.
  7. Grill until golden brown and slightly charred (about 3-5 minutes), turning once (cook for 3 minutes on the other side for medium).
  8. Baste with pineapple teriyaki sauce as your burger cooks.
  9. Try not to press down on your burger with a spatula. It will cause the juices to escape and will create a dry burger!
  10. Grill pineapple slices until pineapple have golden brown grill marks on both sides.
  11. Toast hamburger buns by placing on grill until grill marks form.
  12. Do not walk away during this process. Toast can turn to ash in the blink of an eye.
  13. Spread mayo on bottom bun.
  14. Top with lettuce, burger, Swiss cheese, grilled pineapple, red onion and ham.

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