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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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 11x7-in. dishes.
  • In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, pepper flakes and reserved pineapple juice. Pour half the marinade into each dish; cover and refrigerate 1 hour, turning once.
  • Drain and discard marinade. On a lightly oiled grill, grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat on each side. Grill or broil until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear, 4-5 minutes.
  • Grill buns, uncovered, until toasted, 1-2 minutes. Serve burgers on buns with spinach, remaining pineapple, bacon and jalapeno peppers if desired.
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.
Nutrition Facts
3 sliders: 350 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 444mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • ps55burns
    Jan 5, 2018

    To P.WW I do occasionally cook with very lean ground beef also. However, depending on the recipe, I have found that quite a bit of time I have to add some type of binder to encourage the cohesiveness of the beef. I have not tried this recipe yet but plan on doing it soon. Sablepsb

  • JMartinelli13
    Jun 5, 2016

    I did them inside on my ridged grill pan. They are very delicate, so getting a good crust on the first side was important before trying to flip them.

  • Sue Zappa
    Aug 4, 2014

    After reading the reviews, I made sure I drained the pineapple very, very well. Had no problem with the burgers holding together. We didn't use the jalapenos as most of my family doesn't care for them. Next time I think I'd use some pepperoccinis, though. I thought it needed a little more "kick," but the rest of my family thought they were great as they were.

    Jul 29, 2014

    I've fixed these several times. Never had any problem with them falling apart. No deviations from the recipe. But an addition of mixing some of the crushed pineapple, mayo and jarred diced jalapenos as an aioli / spread. I used the Kings Hawaiian rolls. This recipe (along with a pineapple baked beans from this site) adds a lot of fun to the typical backyard cookout.

  • lauripobanz
    Jul 29, 2014

    I haven't actually tried these yet, but after reading the comments, I wonder if the people who had such difficulty with the burger holding together didn't drain the pineapple enough. I'm going to try these soon as they sound great. Also, a little added oatmeal might help if they don't hold together.

  • kdaviscomm
    Jun 8, 2013

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  • Ninja_Jenna
    Jan 25, 2013

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  • bwa302002
    Dec 25, 2012

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  • P..WW
    Jun 23, 2012

    I love to cook and try new recipies. We buy beef from a beef farmer, as it extremely lean, I oil the pan for this prime ground meat. These burgers were a mess!! They need to be cooked in a burger basket to be able to turn them for sure. I did oil the grill. They were so mushy, I tried to make a sloppy joe type sandwich out of the heap of meat saved from the grill, and ended up throwing that mess out also. Very dissapointed in this recipe.

  • gracenavasmommy
    Jun 21, 2012

    Patties did not hold together well and we used 80/20 chuck. However, instead of grill we "grilled" then on a double burner cast iron griddle and very carefully turned them after they had seared and they were great. We had the with Kings hawaiin rolls and left off the jalapenos.