…Just break out a jar of “Hawaiian jam!”
What you don’t have any? Unfortunately I used my last jar on these “Hawaiian burgers.”
Okay the truth is I have no idea what little country store, flea market, farm stand, etc that I purchased this random jar from. Dusty and forgotten in the dark corners of the cupboard – it would finally get it’s time to shine!
It all started out with me thinking that I would use a can of pineapple – crushed, rings or chunks – unless of course you used the last one up and never put it back onto the grocery list. Like me.
So when I had a craving to turn some ground pork into “Hawaiian teriyaki burgers” with grilled pineapple rings. I had a problem. No Pineapple. That is really what puts the “Hawaiian” in Hawaiian teriyaki burgers.
I decided to simply mix the meat with 3 ingredients (soy sauce, ground ginger and some of the jam) along with salt and pepper. I formed the patties and grilled them. For some reason toasted English muffins just seemed like the right kind of vehicle for this burger. Maybe it was the “jam” aspect.
I was craving the acid bite that some nice grilled pineapple rings would add so I improvised with some “quick-pickled” red onions. You just slice them thin and let them hang out in some white vinegar until it’s time to add them to the burger.
I gave the jam double duty by using some as a spread on the burger.
The burgers were delish. At least I thought so. The jury is still out with my husband. He was hoping for pineapple.