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Hawaiian Beef Sliders

 Hawaiian Beef Sliders
Sweet and savory with just a hint of heat, these dynamite burgers are packed with flavor. Pineapple and bacon may sound like an unusual combination, but you'll find they're the perfect match. —Mary E. Relyea, Canastota, New York
6 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 18 miniature whole wheat buns
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • 3 center-cut bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Sliced jalapeno peppers, optional

Directions

  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice and 1-1/2 cups pineapple (save
  • remaining pineapple for another use). In a large bowl, combine 3/4
  • cup reserved crushed pineapple, pepper and salt. Crumble beef over
  • mixture and mix well. Shape into 18 patties; place in two 11-in. x
  • 7-in. dishes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic,
  • pepper flakes and reserved pineapple juice. Pour half of marinade
  • into each dish; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, turning once.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper

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Hawaiian Beef Sliders (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  • Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat
  • for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads
  • 160° and juices run clear.
  • Grill buns, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Serve
  • burgers on buns with spinach, remaining pineapple, bacon and
  • jalapeno peppers if desired.
  • Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: If miniature whole wheat buns are not available in your area, you can also use whole wheat hot dog buns cut into thirds.
Nutritional Facts: 3 sliders (calculated without peppers) equals 350 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 444 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.