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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  1. YUM! What a great addition to burgers. Love this!

  2. This recipe is so creative, and it sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  3. YUM!!!

    Although I'm going to have to hide the ground chicken in this house. My wife is firmly against ground poultry. But, what she doesn't know won't hurt her, right??? LOL!

  4. Yum!! I love pineapple on top of my burgers, so I know I would love it in the burger - brilliant! My husband would love these as well.

  5. Wowza Ramona! That looks great! Pineapple is awesome with burgers. I have always loved that.

  6. looks good. nice burger recipe

  7. What a fun way to change up burgers! This makes me think of summer.

  8. I should send you a bouquet of cilantro ;) You and those pineapples!
    I really want to see dolphin tale :)

  9. It's a meatloaf burger--what a clever idea! I'm sure these had tons of flavor and moisture--perfect dish for a movie night!

  10. I love Hawaiin food - pizza, now this burger - anything tastes better with pineapple :D
    Too cool! And great pics!

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. What a great family night and meal! I love these burgers, yum! We haven't watched that movie, but I bet my kids would love it

  12. You always welcome us with great recipe here. :-) Your family is so lucky you are willing to make burgers after the movie. I'm so lazy.. I would say "let's go eat out." LOL. This recipe is a keeper. Looks so yummy and my family will love it. Also, thanks for recommending the movie. I'll check it out. It's fun going to the movies with the kids! =D

  13. What a great idea! Now I have to get my husband to like pineapple. :-)

  14. This is a great idea for a burger! Perfect meal for after a good movie!

  15. What a fabulous idea! This recipe sure sounds like a winner Ramona! Lovely clicks.

  16. These would be awesome on the grill also. And how yummy do those fries look!

  17. The weather is awesome here (summer like weather in fact!) and Hawaiian style burgers sound just perfect! :D

  18. In this house family gatherings are ALWAYS about the food. :) What a great idea to transform a meatloaf recipe into burgers! What a hit!

  19. Mmm...these sound delicious!! I'm obsessed with adding pineapple to savory dishes lately. Aloha!

  20. NEAT!! I love these aloha burgers, Ramona! I am getting the grill ready now that the weather is FINALLY stabilizing at a somewhat warm temperature and these would be perfect for a bbq! OO or even as mini aloha burger sliders! :D

  21. These still look super good!


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