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
big sesame seed hamburger buns, buttered
8 slice
fresh pineapple

How to Make Big Kahuna Hawaiian Burger


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

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