Aloha Burgers

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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  • 1lb 85% ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings *See Note
  • Scant 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon brown sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon 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


  1. In a bowl add the ground beef, bacon drippings, 2 tablespoon brown sugar, steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, pineapple juice.
  2. Gently mix just to combine. Don’t over mix.
  3. Form into 6 round patties.
  4. Using your thumb, gently press down the middle of the burger creating an indentation.
  5. Drizzle some olive oil on a plate and set the burgers on top while you heat up the pan.
  6. Place a 12” round cast iron pan on the stove over medium heat.
  7. Heat for 1 minute or until the pan is good an hot.
  8. Add 3 burgers to the pan ensuring there is room between them. Do not crowd.
  9. Cook 3-5 minutes or until the bottom is starting to brown nicely.
  10. While the burgers are cooking, place the 1/2 cup brown sugar in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  11. Place the pineapple rings in the brown sugar and cook.
  12. As the sugar begins to liquefy and bubble, reduce the heat to medium-low.
  13. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
  14. Flip the burgers and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until desired doneness is met. (I cooked for 4 minutes.
  15. Once the sugar starts to caramelize, remove the pineapple and place on top of the burgers while they finish cooking.
  16. On the bottom of a lightly toasted bun place a leaf of lettuce.
  17. Place a pineapple topped burger on top followed by a ring of red onion and a tomato slice.
  18. 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.

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