Hawaiian Beef Sliders Recipe
- 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
- 1. 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.
- 2. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, pepper flakes and reserved pineapple juice. Pour half of marinade into each dish; cover and refrigerate 1 hour, turning once.
- 3. Drain and discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, coat grill rack lightly.
- 4. Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
- 5. Grill buns, uncovered, 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.
3 each: 350 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 444mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.
Reviews for Hawaiian Beef Sliders
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Good recipe. King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls also make a great bun for the burgers. Although small,, it is close to the White Castle size burger bun and you can make sliders for all your friends (by the bag)."
"Outstanding!! .... and the pineapple and bacon definitely work together (just think glazed ham with pineapple). In fact, the next time, I think I'll try grilled slices of smoked virginia ham instead of the bacon. Had no trouble finding buns, Martins Whole Wheat Potato buns worked just fine. Slight variations - used 80% ground beef; didn't discard marinade, but instead poured into sauce pan, brought to boil, then simmered for 10 mins, and brushed on burgers during grilling; used apple cider vinegar instead of white; didn't have jalapenos on hand, but there was enough heat with the crushed red pepper flakes (which can be increased/decreased as per personal tastes). Just wonderful, lots of great flavors going on there. Thanks Mary!!!"
"I made these and they were delicious. I did not have the falling apart problem some other posters did. Did have trouble finding the right size buns so just used regular slider ones and adjusted serving appropriately. They were a big hit."
"These were really good. The jalapenos overtook the sandwich but they were good if you tasted them alone."
"My family loved these!"
"I made a variation of these tonight. I didn't want the hassle of trying to find mini burger buns or splitting hot dog buns, so I made regular size burgers and served them on sandwich thins. I also replaced the beef with turkey. I found, like some other posters, that the burgers did not hold up that great on the grill, even though the grill was greased. However, mine were not to the point that they were inedible. They were pretty tasty, but I felt like they were in need of a sauce of some sort."
"My husband and I were excited to try this recipe, it sounded so good. It ended up being a big disappointment. The burgers did not hold together on the grill, most fell apart into the flames. We were left with some mush on the grill rack, totally inedible. Not up to TOH standards. Perhaps 90% lean was too lean to hold together along with the pineapple."
"Not only did I love it, my husband loved it. And then, my picky German mother (who is a gourmet cook) and my picky American father (who is used to my gourmet mother's cooking) tried it and she asked for the recipe. YUM! This is a definite make-again!!"
"Sounded good but was a truly AWFUL texture and taste. And with the marinade, they stuck to the grill despite oiling it first. We through out the whole lot. Worst thing I've tried in the last 27 years of cooking."
"I omitted the vinegar from the marinade b/c I thought it would be too strong. Recipe was great without it though! Loved the pineapple!"