Sweet & Spicy Hawaiian Burgers

by | May 23, 2016 | All, Main Dishes

Grilling season has finally arrived! Celebrate the start of summer with this recipe for mouthwatering Sweet & Spicy Hawaiian Burgers.

Image of two Sweet and Spicy Hawaiian Burgers on a wooden cutting board. Can you ever have enough burger recipes, especially in the summer? We’re adding to our burger arsenal today just in time for Memorial Day cookouts. These Sweet & Spicy Hawaiian Burgers are sure to be the star of your next BBQ.

What exactly are Hawaiian Burgers?

Interpretation may vary, but we’ve crafted a Hawaiian-inspired burger recipe that combines the flavors of sweet, grilled pineapple and a savory garlic teriyaki sauce.


My kids (and even Pat) were a little bit leery of pineapple on their burgers, but that trepidation quickly disappeared after they tasted how well it works with the peppery bacon and garlicky teriyaki mayo. A quick sear on the grill naturally caramelizes the sugars in the pineapple and makes even slightly unripe or tart fruit taste mellow and sweet.


How to grill pineapple rings

Lightly oil the either the grill grate or the pineapple rings to ensure they don’t stick when cooking. Keep your heat around medium and grill for about 3 minutes per side or until lightly charred.


Feel free to grill the pineapple in advance if you like. Simply cool the rings completely and then store in the fridge until ready to use. I like to bring my pre-grilled pineapple rings to room temperature before serving so they aren’t too cold on my hot-off-the-grill burger.


There are few things more all-American than burgers, and this Sweet & Spicy Hawaiian Burgers recipe will help you kick off the summer barbecue season in tasty, tropical style.

Image of Sweet and Spicy Hawaiian Burgers in a metal tray with pickles and potato chips.

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Image of two Sweet and Spicy Hawaiian Burgers


Yield: 6

Sweet & Spicy Hawaiian Burgers

Sweet & Spicy Hawaiian Burgers

Update your burger with this Sweet and spicy Hawaiian Burger

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes



  • 2 pounds ground beef, divided into 6 (1/3-pound) patties
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • Red onion slices (raw or grilled - your preference)
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 slices grilled pineapple
  • 6 slices peppered bacon, cooked and halved
  • 6 Brioche buns

Garlic teriyaki sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste or finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon teriyaki sauce


To make the burgers:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium high heat. Season beef patties with salt and pepper. Lightly grease grill rack and cook burgers 5 minutes, flip and cook for another 3 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Place cheese slice on each patty and cook for another 30-45 seconds or until almost melted. Remove patties from grill.
  2. Slather garlic teriyaki sauce on bun bottom. Layer bun with lettuce leaf, red onion, burger, bacon and pineapple slice.

To make the sauce:

  1. Stir together all ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.


Never grilled pineapple before? It's easy! Evenly slice pineapple into rings. Lightly grease grill grates and cook over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes per side or to desired degree of doneness.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1019Total Fat: 65gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 289mgSodium: 755mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 59g


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    The conference sounded like so much fun–wish I was there with you! But these burgers–incredible.

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      Next time, Kristen!

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      Right back at ya, Lauren!

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    I just purchased a fresh pineapple. I know I’ll be trying this! Yum. Pinned for later, thanks for the recipe.

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    These look so delicious they bring me back to those fantastic sliders! So fun to have the time with you two.

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      It was a great time. And lucky me – I get to see you again in just a few more weeks!


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