The other day I was just not in the mood to cook lunch. I was swamped in the kitchen, had 9 bajillion things to get done and making lunch truly was an inconvenience. Yeah I know, I was already in the kitchen cooking but that’s for ‘work’; not for us to eat. However, being the loving wife I am I knew I had to feed Mr. Fantabulous since he was so busy on our remodel job. It’s the least I can do. I mean it’s not like he’ll let me touch power tools anyway… damn it! LOL
So I had some ground meat thawed and buns already made up. Now I could have gone your typical burger route with ketchup and stuff but I just can’t do typical. See there’s a restaurant that he LOOOOOOOOOOOVES their pineapple burgers. I mean LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVES! To the point we were going there at least once a week for months on end. I, however, am sick of that place and need a year to recover from going there again. But since he loves that place, we go there often… no, like A LOT. Ugh! But I digress. Back to me and this chunk of ground beef. I wanted to try and recreate some facsimile of this burger he loves. Literally there is no rhyme or reason on what I put into this burger or how I made the glazed pineapples. I’m pretty sure this isn’t out the restaurant makes them BUT all I know is my baby was in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this burger! He said it was identical, if not better, than the one he orders.
WOO HOO! Hot Damn! We got a winner here Virginia! wait, who’s Virgina??? *shrugs* LOL Of course I just can’t make A burger or even 2 burgers, no, I have to make 6. Um you do know that I really don’t eat ground beef, right ANNNNNNNNNNNND it’s just Mr. Fantabulous and I, right? LOL But being the food snob that I am and cook extraordinaire (well okay, self-proclaimed), I tried it. Now I didn’t go with the tomatoes (gag), raw onions (double raw gag) or god forbid the mayo (OMG I would rather stick a fork in my eye if I had to eat it), I kept mine simple with just meat, bun, lettuce and glazed pineapple.
Folks lemme tell you what, this was really, really good. No, like REALLY good! The burger was sweet and tender and that glazed pineapple was insane! I can’t wait to make more of that pineapple and put it on say ice cream… or just a fork. LOL
- 1lb 85% ground beef
- 1 Tbl bacon drippings *See Note
- Scant 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbl brown sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
- 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbl pineapple juice
- 6 pineapple rings, drained
- 6 slices red onions
- 6 slices tomatoes
- 6 large leaves of lettuce
- 6 kaiser or onion buns, lightly toasted
- In a bowl add the ground beef, bacon drippings, 2 Tbl brown sugar, steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, pineapple juice.
- Gently mix just to combine. Don’t over mix.
- Form into 6 round patties.
- Using your thumb, gently press down the middle of the burger creating an indentation.
- Drizzle some olive oil on a plate and set the burgers on top while you heat up the pan.
- Place a 12” round cast iron pan on the stove over medium heat.
- Heat for 1 minute or until the pan is good an hot.
- Add 3 burgers to the pan ensuring there is room between them. Do not crowd.
- Cook 3-5 minutes or until the bottom is starting to brown nicely.
- While the burgers are cooking, place the 1/2 cup brown sugar in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Place the pineapple rings in the brown sugar and cook.
- As the sugar begins to liquefy and bubble, reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
- Flip the burgers and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until desired doneness is met. (I cooked for 4 minutes.
- Once the sugar starts to caramelize, remove the pineapple and place on top of the burgers while they finish cooking.
- On the bottom of a lightly toasted bun place a leaf of lettuce.
- Place a pineapple topped burger on top followed by a ring of red onion and a tomato slice.
- Finish it off with your condiment of choice, add the toasted top and enjoy!
If you don’t have bacon drippings on hand, simply fry up 4 pieces of bacon, set aside (as in stuff in your face while you cook) and let the grease cool slightly. You want that flavor in your burger but not the actual bacon.
Just look at how juicy this bad mama jama is! cue music…
She’s a bad mama jama
Just as fine as she can be, hey
She’s a bad mama jama
Just as fine as she can be
Her body measurements are perfect in every dimension
She’s got a figure that’s sho’ ‘nuff gettin’ attention
She’s poetry in motion, a beautiful sight to see
I get so excited viewin’ her anatomy
Yeah, sorry about that! I loved that song by Carl Carlton and I so went all funktastic on you all. LOL The song is CLASSIC!
Anyway, this burger is ALL that AND the bag of chips!