Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hawaiian Burger

A Hawaiian Burger is actually a fusion of Japanese and Hawaiian cooking. In the 1850's sugar cane and pineapples were growing in abundance and Hawaii needed immigrant workers to maintain the plantations after slavery had been abolished. Japanese people began to migrate to Hawaii and brought their culture and food with them. The Japanese people introduced ingredients such as Teriyaki Sauce. Teriyaki sauce is added to the ground meat in the Hawaiian Burger and a pineapple is added as a topping. 

The Hawaiian Burger (listed below) has been added to our menu and will make it's debut Friday, June 2nd 2017. 

1/2 cup Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

8 whole Canned Pineapple Rings
1 whole Large Red Bell Pepper, Seeded And Cut Into Rings
1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
Salt And Pepper, to taste
Teriyaki Sauce, As Needed
4 slices Provolone Cheese
2 Tablespoons Butter
4 whole Onion Rolls
1/2 whole Red Onion, Thinly Sliced
Green Lettuce Leaves

For the Sauce:
To make the sauce, stir together the mayo, teriyaki sauce, honey, and cayenne and set aside.

For the Burger:
Grill the pineapple and bell pepper rings over medium-high heat until they have great grill marks. (You can also just brown them in a hot skillet.)

Season the ground beef and form it into 4 equal sized patties. Cook them over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes on the first side, then flip them over and add a splash of teriyaki sauce on top of each one. Place a slice of cheese on each patty and let it melt while the burger cooks through, about 4 minutes longer. 

Butter a griddle or separate skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Spoon a little bit of the sauce on both sides and allow it to soak into the bread. Place the patties on the bottom buns and top each one with two pineapple slices, red onion slices, grilled bell pepper, and lettuce. Top with the top bun and smush it all together. Serve with extra sauce for dipping!

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