Dinner ideas: Hawaiian teriyaki burgers

Hawaiian teriyaki burgers

Suns out, hamburger buns out!

I make burgers all the time, at least once a week. I consider them to be a very balanced meal if properly totemmed.

Most of the time I just make cheeseburgers but I found this ridiculously amazing recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki burgers online. My housemate thought they were just about the greatest thing and I can confirm that the sauce is really very good.

These burgers are allowed to be called Hawaiian because they are topped with a ring of grilled pineapple. If only gaining nationalities was as easy for humans.

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Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers (for four burgers)

Recipe adapted from Skinnytaste

4 hamburger patties (worst word, am I right?)

4 hamburger buns (second worst word) – I buy those awful ones from the Harry’s brand which last a worrying amount of time because there are few other hamburger bun options in Paris. I have recently discovered, however, that Marks&Spencer make hamburger buns that would not survive a nuclear war. (In this context, a good thing)

4 pineapple rings (I took mine straight out of a can, but of course it is better to use fresh pineapple)

lamb’s lettuce

grated carrot (again, I just buy mine because who has got the time?)

Teriyaki sauce 

  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water and set aside.

Mix together the pineapple juice with the soy sauce, brown sugar, grated ginger and garlic in a small saucepan over a medium heat.

Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for around 15 minutes until the sauce reduces.

Add the cornstarch water mixture to the mixture and simmer until the sauce thickens. This took about 3 minutes in my case.

Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

ASSEMBLY

Once your teriyaki sauce has been made and is cooling…

Heat up a pan, add a teaspoon of oil and fry the pineapple rings, two minutes each side. They should have a nice golden brown look about them. Set those aside.

Next, using the same pan, cook the hamburger patties. I usually cook them around 2 minutes a side too but that is because I am part French and like meat that is not cooked all the way through. You may do as you please.

Slice open the hamburger buns. (I usually toast them a bit in the oven)

Place some lamb’s lettuce and grated carrot on the bottom of each burger bun. Top with a hamburger patty, a tablespoon of teriyaki sauce and a grilled pineapple ring and serve like a champ.

(I stuck knives in ours because I saw it in a restaurant once and it looked so cool.)

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