This easy to make Hawaiian Burger is stacked high with layers of green leaf lettuce, all ground beef hamburgers, melted cheese, grilled pineapple rings, and an amazing homemade teriyaki sauce! The incredibly tasty burger is my version of a restaurant favorite that I serve up with homemade french fries and a nice cold drink!!
8ringspineapple(2 slices per burger, fresh or canned, grilled)
4slicesprovolone cheese(or cheddar cheese)
8leavesgreen leaf lettuce(rinsed & pat dry)
Ginger Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
In a medium saucepan, combine water, soy sauce, light brown sugar, honey, toasted sesame seeds, ginger, and garlic powder. Heat to medium high, then combine cornstarch with cold water and add to the sauce. Cook on medium high until a slow boil is reached, reduce heat if necessary. Cook until the sauce thickens (you can add more water to thin the sauce if it thickens too fast, if needed). Remove from heat and allow to cool to warm room temperature, about 15 minutes.
Add sesame seed oil to ground beef, then portion into 4 patties (¼ lb each) that are about ¾ of an inch in thickness and set aside. Toast or grill brioche or hamburger buns until golden brown, if desired. Grill pineapple, just enough to heat the pineapple and leave grill marks.
Heat your grill, a large skillet or frying pan to medium high. Season the 4 ground beef patties with salt, pepper, and paprika (optional). Place the seasoned side facing down into the heated grill, skillet or frying pan (they should sizzle upon contact). Repeat seasoning on the upward facing side of the patties. Cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes, then flip the burger when the bottom has a nicely browned coloring. Cook the second side for 4-5 minutes, adding the cheese slices in the last minute of cooking. Close the grill lid, or cover the skillet or frying pan with a lid if the cheese is not melting.
While the burgers are cooking, place green leaf lettuce on the bottom half of the buns. When the burger patties are finished cooking, place them onto the bun and lettuce, top with grilled pineapple and drizzle with some of the teriyaki. Add the bun top and serve with any additional condiments or toppings desired.
Burger Cooking Times
Cooking times are based on cooking your ¼ pound ground beef burgers over direct heat, on the grill or stove top.
6-7 minutes for medium-rare (red in the middle)
7-8 minutes for medium (pink in the middle)
9 minutes for medium-well (only a hint of pink in the middle)