Thursday, May 1, 2014

Aloha (Hawaiian Style) Burgers - Throwback Thursdays


In March 2012 I wrote:

We recently had a family movie night with my mother, sister and her kids. We watched a great family movie called the Dolphin Tale.  I highly recommended it to anyone with kids because it's a heartwarming true story of a dolphin named Winter. Of course, dinner was also a big part of the evening. I decided to go back into my own recipe archives here on the blog to get some inspiration. I saw my Aloha Meatloaf and I knew my sister would enjoy it, but meatloaf was too "sit down" for our movie night.  I wanted sandwich kinds of food so I decided to alter my Aloha meatloaf into Aloha Burgers.  They came together easily and we even pan fried some hotdogs with the Aloha Sauce.  It was a great night and with great food and a lot of laughs.


Meatloaf ingredients:
1lb lean ground pork
1lb lean ground chicken
1 (20oz) can of crushed pineapple drained well, reserve juice
seasoning salt to taste
2 slices of bread crumbled
2-3 Tbs of ketchup
1/4 cup of diced onion
2 green chilies diced small
black pepper to taste
I clove of grated garlic
1 Tbs of honey or brown sugar
1 egg
red chili flakes (to taste- optional)

Reserved pineapple juice from can
2 Tbs of brown sugar
1 Tbs of rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup of ketchup
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of sweet chili sauce (like mae ploy egg roll sauce)
2tsp of cornstarch

Mix all the meat ingredients and form burger patties.  I made a dozen medium sized burgers with this mixture. Fry them in a frying pan with a little bit of canola oil. Flip over and brown both sides. Then lower the heat and baste each side with about a tablespoon of Aloha sauce, flip and baste the other side. The basting part is important because the great sauce will soak into the burger. Allow the basting to take a few minutes per side.  Serve in a bun with lettuce and onion if you like. I also put some mayo on my buns to toast them. Enjoy.

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