Hawaiian Style Pork Burgers

1 lb ground pork
4 tablespoons panko
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, grated
1inch knob fresh ginger, grated
1/4 teaspoon pineapple juice
white pepper

to serve:
4 pineapple slices*
Hawaiian rolls

With a gentle hand, mix together all of the burger ingredients. Form into 4 patties. Grill over medium heat about 3-5 minutes on each side. Make sure the burger is cooked all the way through. Raw or “rare” pork is not your friend. In the last minute of cooking, grill the pineapple slices. Serve on Hawaiian rolls.

*You can use fresh, but I ended up using canned pineapple slices (in juice) because I couldn’t find a ripe pineapple at the store. They are just as tasty grilled as fresh and are about half the price. Not to mention they are already sliced in the perfect thickness for sandwiches.

Yield: 4 burgers

No grill? Cook in a skillet or broiler.

My thoughts:

my grill friday

Okay, I’ve never been to Hawaii, so I am not sure if these are the most authentic burgers in the world, but when I think Hawaiian food I think pork, Spam, pineapple and Asian-influenced. Spam burgers seemed a bit out of the question but pork I could do. I love pork and burgers made from ground pork are exceptionally juicy despite having to be thoroughly cooked. The ginger, garlic, soy sauce and tiny splash of pineapple juice accentuates the pork’s natural sweetness while the panko gives them a light quality and keeps them from falling apart on the grill.


  1. eatingclubvancouver_js

    Love the burgers. Great tip about using canned pineapples. They’re already peeled and sliced!

  2. Authentic or not, they look yummy. I love mixing pineapple with savory flavors. A perfect summer bbq item!

  3. great grill idea!

    tho u know me…i woulda added a spam slice!!!


  4. yum. what a great summer burger. summer always makes me think of all things tropical. 🙂

  5. I love pineapple on burgers. When I worked at Islands as a waitress, I would always get the Hawaiian after work. The Kona Pie was really good too-you have to try it sometime. Yum!
    Oh and Sugarloaf white pineapple is my favorite pineapple variety.

  6. Wow those look so tasty. The pineapple slice really makes it.

  7. Sounds authentic to me! I had a beef burger with teriyaki sauce and pineapple while I was there. Pineapple on burgers sounds like such an odd combo but it’s awesome!

  8. Yeah, they do look great. Pork is so tricky to get right, but it looks as though you’ve got it all under control!

  9. I can’t wait to try these on the Hawaiian buns you posted yesterday. Yummy!

  10. Adding a pineapple ring to a burger is probably the most genius thing I’ve seen all day. It fits perfectly!

  11. Okay, now you’ve done it — made me drool on my keyboard; if it shorts out, it’s your fault.

    I was looking for something interesting to grill this weekend, and this is definitely it. Thanks very much.

  12. These look delicious. And that’s a great tip about being able to used canned pineapple for grilling.

  13. i love having pineapple in burgers but not everyone agrees with my way of eatin ’em. i’m so glad to see this plus i’m totally fancyin the grill marks on those pineapple rings. and blimey, the burgers looks great. x

  14. una donna dolce

    You’re inspiring as always! I tried my own take on the Hawaiian burger:


  15. Michelle | Bleeding Espresso

    I love pineapple with *everything* and a burger is certainly no exception…YUM!

    Saw you at Photograzing, btw 🙂

  16. I love grilled pineapples and these burgers sound great.

  17. I just love, love, love pineapple on burgers! Your burger is just awesome to sink my teeth in and it’s just gotta be finger lick’in good!

  18. HOLY YUM, girl!! These look so summery and delicious. I can’t wait to whip out this recipe next time stupid vegetarian Mr. Cakespy’s out for the night. 🙂 Kidding, he’s not stupid, just vegetarian.

  19. Dissing Spam! No!