The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday of mine - time with family, water fights, fireworks, and BBQs. I am inspired by my vacation to the Aloha state to do something a little different than the normal burger.
Teriyaki Pineapple Burger
1 1/2 lbs 80/20 ground beef (don't go too lean - the burgers need the fat to hold it together)
3 Tbsp prepared teriyaki sauce
1 tsp ground fresh ginger
1-3 tsp chili garlic sauce (that red stuff you see at the Chinese restaurant)
Carefully mix the meat, teriyaki sauce, ginger, and garlic sauce with a fork, but do not mash it. Lightly form each hamburger and lightly press into a patty shape. Don't work the meat too much or it will be chewy.
Slice pineapple into rings. Place pineapple rings and burger patties on a heat grill. Grill pineapple on each side until nice little grill marks appear. Do not move them until those marks are there. Cook the hamburgers for 3 to 5 minutes on each side until almost done. Remove to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Allow the hamburgers to rest for 5 minutes and serve immediately. Place on prepared buns with pineapple and other favorite toppings.
Makes 4 burgers